Zac Brown Band earns first No. 1 on U.S. pop chart

Zac Brown Band scored its first No. 1 album on the U.S. pop chart Wednesday, preventing Maroon 5 from achieving its second chart-topper, although sales for both acts fell short of expectations.

“You Get What You Give,” the second major-label release from Zac Brown, sold 153,000 copies during the week ended September 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Its previous release, “The Foundation,” peaked at No. 9 in May, and logged its best sales week of 62,000 copies last Christmas.

A month ago, the album was seen as having a shot at selling 250,000 copies, but the disappointing 192,000-unit start for Katy Perry’s much-anticipated “Teenage Dream” has forced the industry to scale back expectations across the board.

Maroon 5’s “Hands All Over” opened at No. 2 with 142,000. The band’s last effort, 2007’s “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,” debuted at No. 1 with 429,000 in its first week. Pre-Perry, prognosticators had forecast a start in the 210,000 range for the new set.

A pair of albums tumbled in their second round. Last week’s No. 1, Linkin Park’s “A Thousand Suns,” fell to No. 3 after suffering a hefty 71 percent sales drop to 70,000. Last week’s runner-up, Trey Songz’s “Passion, Pain & Pleasure,” dropped to No. 7 with 66,000 (down 73 percent).

Disney starlet Selena Gomez & the Scene’s “A Year Without Rain” opened at No. 4 with 66,200. Her debut set “Kiss and Tell” opened at No. 9 last year with just under 66,000.

Santana’s all-star rock collaborations album, “Guitar Heaven,” flew in at No. 5 with 65,900. The tribute to classic rock anthems boasts turns from a number of guest stars, including Chris Daughtry and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington.

Eminem’s “Recovery” fell three places to No. 6 with 65,800. After 14 weeks, it has sold 2.65 million copies — the biggest seller of the year ahead of Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” (2.64 million).

Overall album sales totaled 5.0 million units, down 6 percent compared to the sum last week and down 15 percent compared to the comparable sales week of 2009. Year to date album sales stand at 215.8 million, down 13% compared to the same total at this point last year.

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