Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ tops Billboard for second week in a row

By Daniel S Levine,

Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories took a steep fall in sales in its second week, but the acclaimed album still managed to keep the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart.

As we reported last week, Random Access Memories sold 339,000 copies in its first week, the second-best debut of the year so far. In its second week, the album sold just 93,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers, reports Billboard.

The first week was boosted by digital pre-orders and without those, the album fell 73 percent in the past week. It’s actually near the average 68 percent drop that the 15 No. 1 albums in 2013 have experienced. It also did much better than Justin Bieber’s Believe, which fell a whopping 79.4 percent in its second week, the largest drop for a No. 1 in 2013.

Alice in Chains got off to the best start in band history with The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here debuting at No. 2. However, it only sold 61,000 copies, compared to 2009’s Black Gives Way To Blue. While that album started at No. 5, it had 126,000 copies sold in its first week.

The No. 3 slot was also held by a new release, coming from John Fogerty. His Wrote A Song For Everyone duets album sold 51,000 copies. It’s his highest debut since the classic album Centerfield reached No. 1 in 1985.

British group Little Mix hit No. 4 with DNA, their first album. It sold 50,000 copies and features the hit single “Wings.” The group also won the 2011 season of The X Factor U.K.

Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story jumped to No. 5 with 42,000 copies sold. The country star’s profile rose last week when he headlined a charity concert for the Oklahoma tornado victims.

The rest of the Top 10 features Darius Rucker's’ True Believers (41,000); The Great Gatsby (36,000); Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions (33,000); Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (31,000); and Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City (29,000).

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” had 229,000 downloads, good enough for the No. 1 spot on the Digital Songs Chart. Clearly, it pays to have nude models in your video.

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