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John Mayer's 'Born and Raised' debuts at number one on Billboard 200

By Juan C. Guerrero,

John Mayer’s Born and Raised debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart after selling 219,000 copies in its first week.

It is Mayer's third number one album after 2009's Battle Studies and 2003's Heavier Things, according to Billboard.

The album takes the spot held last week by Adam Lambert's Trespassing, which sold only 22,000 copies to fall to the number 12 spot on the chart.

The chart-topping debut for Mayer comes despite little promotion due to a throat condition called granuloma that has prevented him from singing. He has been limited to guitar-playing appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Late Show with David Letterman, and an interview on NPR's All Things Considered.

On Friday, when the album was already being predicted to debut at number one, Mayer took to his Tumblr to talk about the album's performance and to thank his fans.

"In a world of schemes and strategies when it comes to selling something, you guys just bought music you trusted you’d like," Mayer said. "That is so cool and rare and all the marketeers in the world together can’t manufacture that. I am very grateful to you."

Despite the strong start, Rolling Stone predicts that Mayer's album will drop quickly on the charts because of his inability to promote and tour. He also has no singles on the charts to support the album.

 
 

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