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Zac Brown Band Beat Out Maroon 5 for Number One

Linkin Park drop to the third spot this week as two more debuts make their way into the top five

September 29, 2010 4:08 PM ET

Zac Brown Band can add to this year's Best New Artist Grammy the distinction of beating a tough field of competitors for the Number One spot on the Billboard 200: Their second album, You Get What You Give, sold 153,000 copies in its debut week. Maroon 5, who won the same Grammy in 2005, had to settle for second place; the new Hands All Over , moved 142,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a major drop for Maroon 5 compared to the opening week sales (429,000) of It Won't Be Soon Before Long which debuted at number one in 2007. Linkin Park, who topped the chart last week, came in at number three as sales of A Thousand Suns declined 71 percent.

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Two more debuts made their way into the Top Five this week: Selena Gomez and the Scene took number four with 66,000 copies of A Year Without Rain sold, while Santana's guest-heavy Guitar Heaven came in at number five. The John Legend and the Roots collaboration Wake Up! debuted at Number Eight and 63,000 copies. Overall, total album sales were down six percent from last week and down 13 percent when stacked up to the same week last year.

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