Bon Jovi, David Bowie take top spots on Billboard 200 with new albums

By Daniel S Levine,

Bon Jovi, David Bowie and Eric Clapton have continued to prove that the large fanbases they’ve built over decades are not going anywhere. All three music legends had new albums out last week and all three made the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Three other debuts made the Top 10 as well.

Bon Jovi came out on top with What About Now. The album sold 101,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers, notes Billboard. It’s the group’s third straight No. 1 debut. However, it was their smallest sales debut since These Days only sold 73,000 in its first week in 1995.

As for Bowie, his The Next Day started with 85,000 copies sold. The album is his first since 2003 and first Top 10 album since Let’s Dance in 1983. He also hasn’t had an album reach that high a slot since Station To Station reached No. 3 in 1976.

Spring Break . . . Here to Party by Luke Bryan slid to No. 3 in its second week with 61,000 copies sold. Passion: Let the Future Begin, a live set from the 2013 Passion Conference in Atlanta in January debuted at No. 4 with 48,000 copies.

Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox stayed in the Top 10 with 43,000 copies sold. All Around the World from Mindless Behavior debuted at No. 6 with 37,000 copies. Clapton’s Old Sock sold 37,000 copies.

David Grohl’s Sound City soundtrack also sold around 37,000 copies. The rest of the Top 10 includes Mumford & Sons’ Babel (31,000) and Jimi Hendrix’s People, Hell and Angels (30,000).

So far, the music industry is lagging behind 2012. As Reuters notes, 61.4 million albums have been sold, off 7 percent from this time by 2012.

Next week, look for Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience to take the top spot. Billboard notes that industry analysts are now expecting the album to launch with 750,000 copies sold.

Over on the Digital Songs chart, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” made it an even ten straight weeks at the top.

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