June 7, 2012

Regina Spektor, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes Debut In Top 10

John Mayer may have scored his second week at No. 1 in the Billboard Top 200 today but the real winners are Regina Spektor and Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes, both of whom earned Top 10 debuts.

Mayer’s Born and Raised sold another 65,000 copies, making it the top disc, while Adele’s 21 continued to reign at No. 2 with 58,000 more copies sold. But mostly we’re stoked about the No. 3 album, which is Spektor’s new disc What We Saw From the Cheap Seats. The album sold 42,000, which is comparable to the singer’s last disc, 2009’s Far, which debuted with 50,000.

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes’ new album also charted high, earning the No. 5 slot with 35,000 copies sold. The band’s album, Here, marks their highest charting album and best sales week ever. The group’s debut Up From Below only ever made it as high as No. 76, although it did spend 27 weeks in the Top 200 during 2010 and 2011. Sigur Rós’ latest effort, Valtari, marks the band’s first Top 10 debut as well, selling 26,000 copies.

Meanwhile One Direction’s Up All Night stands strong at No. 4 while Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away fell down to No. 6. While it’s great that these pop artists continue to sell albums, we love seeing bands like Edward Sharpe and singers like Regina Spektor making it into the Top 10. It feels like all is right in the world when a band like Edward Sharpe, who released their album on their own label via Vagrant Records, can sell more copies than Carrie Underwood.

What do you think of the charts this week? Which albums did you buy? Tell us in the comments!

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