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Thanks to MTV Video Music Awards exposure, Def Jam/IDJ’s Frank Ocean was the week’s big winner, moving #41-19, +78% thanks to his show-stopping performance of “Thinkin Bout You.”
MATCHBOOK TWENTY HEADS NORTH
Veteran Pop-Rockers Grab First-Ever Chart-Topper, Imagine Dragons, Lecrae, Cat Power Debut in Top 10
Twenty is now one.

That’s Matchbox Twenty, whose new Atlantic Records album North debuts at #1 on this week’s HITS sales chart, with a total of 96k. It’s the band’s first new studio effort in a decade, since 2002’s More Than You Think You Are, and the initial chart-topper in its career. The Rob Thomas-led band’s previous high was the #3 ranking of both 2000’s Mad Season and 2007’s compilation Exile on Mainstream.

Interscope newcomers, Las Vegas-based alt-rockers Imagine Dragons are up next, debuting at #2 with an impressive 86k for their major label debut, Night Visions, after three independently released EPs and another through Jimmy Iovine’s label. “It’s Time,” the single from the band’s fourth EP Continued Silence, went Top 10 at Modern Rock, #2 at Triple A and is breaking through at Hot AC, selling more than 300k copies since release. The clip for the song was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in the "Best Rock Video" category.

Reach Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae’s Gravity bows at #3 with 70k, while Capitol/ EMI’s Now 43 (#4) and A&M/Octone’s Maroon 5 (#5) round out the Top 5.

Matador’s veteran blues crooner Cat Power’s Sun is the other Top 10 newcomer at #7, right behind 19/Arista Nashville’s re-ignited Carrie Underwood (#6) and followed by Def Jam/IDJ’s 2 Chainz (#8), Fueled by Ramen’s fun. (#9) and last week’s chart-topper, Forefront’s TobyMac (#10).

Other Top 50 newcomers include Glassnote’s Two Door Cinema Club (#15), Island/IDJ’s Melissa Etheridge (#17) and Domino’s Animal Collective (#26).

New Elektra’s Ed Sheeran (#40), Big Machine’s Brantley Gilbert (#47), YM/CM/ Republic’s Nicki Minaj (#49) and Interscope’s Lana Del Rey (#50) all re-enter.

Thanks to MTV Video Music Awards exposure, Def Jam/IDJ’s Frank Ocean was the week’s big winner, moving #41-19, +78% thanks to his show-stopping performance of “Thinkin Bout You.” Syco/Columbia U.K. boy band One Direction also benefited, with a #21-11, +11% move. Columbia singer/songwriter John Mayer’s Born and Raised is the week’s other double-digit winner, moving #28-27, +12%.

XL/Columbia chanteuse Adele’s 21 falls out of the Top 10 for only the second time since its release more than 18 months ago.

This week’s release sked is topped by RCA’s Dave Matthews Band and Columbia’s new Bob Dylan, his 35th album, causing as much controversy as he has in his 50-year recording career. Also on tap: American/Republic’s Avett Brothers, veteran Capitol Nashville country outfit Little Big Town, XL’s The xx, eOne’s Idol alum Bucky Covington and Seven Arts gangsta rapper DMX.  

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