After a brief interruption by Nas‘ Life Is Good, Zac Brown Band‘s Uncaged returns to the peak position on the Billboard Top 200 for a second week. Unfortunately for the Atlanta country act, with 48,000 copies of their latest LP sold in the previous seven-day period, this marks the lowest sales week for a #1 album in 2012 so far. Billboard notes that you have to go back to the week of February 19, 2011, when Nicki Minaj‘s Pink Friday was on top, for a lower sales frame (45,000).
Overall, album sales in 2012 are down 3% compared to the same period a year ago. That’s not entirely surprising, however, considering there has yet to be a breakout smash a la Adele‘s 21 this year. Think either No Doubt, Green Day, The Killers or Pink pull a monster album out of their hats in September?
Elsewhere, only two new entries appear in the Top 10 this week: Handwritten, the fourth album from New Jersey punk rockers The Gaslight Anthem (#3, 40,000), and Passion Pit‘s Gossamer (#4, 37,000). Both albums give the respective bands their highest chart positions to-date on the Top 200.
The Top 10 Of Billboard’s Top 200 Chart
1. Zac Brown Band, Uncaged *2 weeks*
2. Nas, Life Is Good
3. The Gaslight Anthem, Handwritten *new*
4. Passion Pit, Gossamer *new*
5. Kidz Bop, Kidz Bop 22
6. Justin Bieber, Believe
7. One Direction, Up All Night
8. Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
9. Adele, 21
10. Maroon 5, Overexposed