LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tim McGraw debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop album charts Wednesday, but the country superstar was one of many major acts humbled by the music industry downturn.
McGraw’s “Let It Go” sold 325,000 copies in the week ended April 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan data published by Billboard. His last studio set, 2004’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” moved 766,000 in its first week.
In a busy week for new releases, albums from rapper Young Buck, rock band Good Charlotte, Jennifer Lopez and Elton John all underperformed their predecessors. The influx helped overall album sales rise 4.7% from the previous week, but sales were down 15.4% compared to the same week last year and down 16.6% for the year to date.
The 24th installment in the “NOW! That’s What I Call Music” compilation series debuted at No. 2, selling 230,000 units. It was the smallest debut sales week for a “NOW” album since 2003’s “NOW 13” sold only 171,000. All 24 of the collections have cracked the top 10 of the chart.
Young Buck’s “Buck the World” started at No. 3 with 140,000 units. It was the follow-up to 2004’s “Straight Outta Ca$hville,” which also landed at No. 3, albeit with sales of 261,000.
Rapper Mims’ debut album “Music Is My Savior” entered the chart at a distant No. 4 with 78,000 copies, bolstered by his recent chart-topping single “This Is Why I’m Hot.”
R&B singer Akon’s “Konvicted” inched up one to No. 5 with 67,000 copies, while rock band Daughtry’s self-titled debut fell two to No. 6 with 66,000.
Good Charlotte’s fourth album, “Good Morning Revival,” bowed at No. 7, also with 66,000 units. The rock troupe’s last set, 2004’s “The Chronicles of Life and Death,” had a much stronger entry at No. 3 with 199,000.
English neo-soul singer Joss Stone’s third album “Introducing Joss Stone” slid six places to No. 8 in its second week with 58,000 copies.
Elton John earned his 16th top-10 album with the retrospective “Rocket Man: Number Ones,” which entered at No. 9 with 49,000. He was last in the top 10 almost a decade ago with “The Big Picture,” which also hit No. 9, with 101,500 units.
Jennifer Lopez’ first Spanish-language effort, “Como Ama Una Mujer,” bowed at No. 10 with 48,000. Her last studio set, 2005’s “Rebirth,” entered the big chart at No. 2 with almost 261,000 copies.
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