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Pearl Jam beats Paul McCartney to top of Billboard 200 chart

Global Times (2013-10-25 P19)
By Reuters
Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam Photo: CFP

Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam Photo: CFP

In a battle of veteran rockers, Pearl Jam beat former Beatle Paul McCartney to the top of the US Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday.

Lightning Bolt, the 10th studio album by Seattle band Pearl Jam, who rose to prominence in the early 1990s grunge-rock movement, sold 166,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

British musician McCartney, 71, came in at No.3 on the album chart with his latest record New, which sold 67,000 copies. That was behind Miley Cyrus' Bangerz, which dropped one spot to No.2 this week.

The Billboard 200 chart measures both physical and digital album sales in the US on a weekly basis.

Other new entries in the chart's top 10 this week include folk-rock group Avett Brothers at No.5 with their eighth studio album Magpie & The Dandelion, while American Idol winner and country singer Scotty McCreery­ landed at No.6 with his latest­ set, See You Tonight.

Country also held strong for the No.9 spot as music legend Willie­ Nelson charted with his latest record To All the Girls, which features duets with some of country music's­ longtime­ favorite female stars including­ Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn.

Indie folk rockers The Head and the Heart rounded out the top 10 with its sophomore effort, Let's Be Still.

On the digital songs chart, which measures single track downloads, rapper Eminem shot to the top with his new single "Rap God," knocking New Zealand singer Lorde's "Royals" to No.2 and Katy Perry's "Roar" to No.3.

Overall album sales for the week ending Sunday totaled 4.7 million, down 11 percent from the comparable week in 2012, according to Billboard.

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