Big debuts from artists like MGMT and Coheed and Cambria weren’t enough to unseat Justin Bieber from the Number One spot on the Billboard 200. The Canadian pop star moved another 92,000 copies of My World 2.0 this week, earning him the top spot for the third time in four weeks. MGMT debuted at Number Two: their second disc Congratulations sold 66,000, vastly improving on Oracular Spectacular's chart peak of Number 39. (MGMT’s debut album, however, has gone on to sell well, moving 606,000 copies since its release.) Prog-rock heroes Coheed and Cambria debuted at Number Five, moving 51,000 units of their latest album, Year of the Black Rainbow, in its first week.
After sweeping the Academy of Country Music Awards with five awards, Lady Antebellum earned a boost on this week’s charts. Sales of the group’s latest album Need You Now shot up 15 percent, landing them the Number Three spot, just ahead of Usher's Raymond v Raymond, which came in at Number Four. The usual chart successes — Lady Gaga (Number Seven), Now! (Number Six) and Ke$ha (Number Eight) — rounded out the rest of the Top 10.
This week’s sales were also good for veteran artists like Jeff Beck, who scored the second-best Billboard 200 debut of his solo career. The guitarist's new album Emotion & Commotion entered that charts at Number 11. Only Beck's Blow By Blow, which reached Number Four in 1975, fared better than Emotion. Overall, it was a slow week: album sales were down 14% from this same period last year. And Bieber's sales figures were the lowest total for a Number One album since Chrisette Michele debuted at the top, selling 83,000 copies of her album Epiphany in May 2009.