The Civil Wars Takes Top Spot on Billboard 200

The Civil Wars Takes Top Spot on Billboard 200

The folk duo's self-titled album gives them their first No. 1 on the chart, ironically as they're on a hiatus.
Grammy Award-winning folk duo The Civil Wars finally bagged their first No. 1 in the Billboard 200 album chart this week with their self-titled, sophomore studio album, moving 116,000 copies despite album sales being generally down nowadays. The achievement is quite ironic and impressive as the pair are already on hiatus following "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition," not going on tour or performing any shows to promote the said album.

Taking the runner-up position is the new "Now 47" compilation with 82,000 copies sold, extending the streak of all the other "Now" albums preceding it, that of debuting in the top ten, except only for the first one. Getting dethroned from last week's top spot to third place this week is Robin Thicke's phenomenal "Blurred Lines" with 65,000, down 63%, taking the spot occupied last week by Jay-Z's platinum-selling "Magna Carta... Holy Grail, which gets bumped to the fourth place this week with 48,000, down 22%.

Debuting at No. 5 with 41,000 albums sold is rock band Asking Alexandria, who posts their highest charting album and best sales week so far with "From Death to Destiny". Meanwhile, holding on to the sixth spot is the "Teen Beach Movie" soundtrack with 38,000, down 19%. Bouncing back into the top ten this week is Imagine Dragons, climbing back from No. 11 to No. 7 as sales of "Night Visions" go up by 46% at 37,000.

Falling to No. 8 with a 69% decline in record sales this week is last week's runner-up Five Finger Death Punch's "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1" with 35,000 units. Reaching the ninth spot on its debut is gospel artist Tye Tribbett's "Greater Than" with 30,000 albums moved, while rounding-up the top ten is Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times" which stays put at No. 10 despite being slightly down by 8% with 26,000.

  1. The Civil Wars - "The Civil Wars" (116,000)
  2. Various artists - "Now 47" (82,000)
  3. Robin Thicke - "Blurred Lines" (65,000)
  4. Jay-Z - "Magna Carta... Holy Grail" (48,000)
  5. Asking Alexandria - "From Death to Destiny" (41,000)
  6. Various artists - "Teen Beach Movie" soundtrack (38,000)
  7. Imagine Dragons - "Night Visions" (37,000)
  8. Five Finger Death Punch - "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1" (35,000)
  9. Tye Tribbett - "Greater Than" (30,000)
  10. Florida Georgia Line - "Here's to the Good Times" (26,000)

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