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Avenged Sevenfold Get Second #1 On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.04.2013



Avenged Sevenfold have earned their second #1 album on the Billboard 200 with Hail to the King. This is their sixth studio album and has sold 159,000 copies in its first week. It's the second-largest sales week ever for the band, behind 2010's Nightmare (which debuted at #1 with 163,000). Meanwhile, the title song has hit #12 on the Hot Rock Songs chart and has been #1 for the past four weeks on the Active Rock airplay chart.

This is the largest week for a hard rock album in over a year, behind Linkin Park's Living Things (#1, 223,000 on July 14, 2012). The two bands are on the same label, Warner Bros. Records. The album also debuted at #1 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, the Alternative Albums chart and the overall Rock Albums chart. Hail to the King is their third top 10 album after 2010's Nightmare and 2007's Avenged Sevenfold (#4).

Big Sean and Juicy J take #3 and #4 with Hall of Fame (72,000) and Stay Trippy (64,000), respectively. This is Big Sean's second album after Finally Famous, which started at #3 in 2011 with 87,000. Juicy J is celebrating his best sales week and highest-charting album ever. He previously only reached #93 with 2002's Chronicles of the Juice Man: Underground Album.

The final debut this week is a tribute album Alabama & Friends. The album celebrates the music of Alabama. It comes in at #8 with 32,000. It features several artists covering the band's songs, with two new songs from Alabama: "That's How I Was Raised" and "All American."

1. Avenged Sevenfold - Hail to the King (159,000)
2. Luke Bryan - Crash My Party (92,000)
3. Big Sean - Hall of Fame (72,000)
4. Juicy J - Stay Trippy (64,000)
5. Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines (55,000)
6. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience (37,000)
7. John Mayer - Paradise Valley (36,000)
8. Various Artists - Alabama & Friends (32,000)
9. Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox (27,000)
10. TGT - Three Kings (27,000)

Thicke, Timberlake and Mars all benefited from showing up on the MTV Video Music Awards last week. All three performed while Mars and Timberlake received awards (Timberlake won video of the year and the Michael Jackson Vanguard award).

Album sales this week totaled 4.92 million, up 1% from last week (4.88 million) and up less than 1% from last year (4.90 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 185.9 million, down 6% compared with the same total at this point last year (197.4 million).





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