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XL supergroup Atoms for Peace, featuring Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist Flea, debuts at #2 with close to 50k in sales for its first album, Amok.

LIFE ON MARS!!

Amazon $1.99 Sale Boosts Bruno, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; Atoms for Peace, Hillsong United Debut
Thank “Heaven” for Amazon MP3’s $1.99 sale.

That’s what Atlantic Records artist Bruno Mars is saying after his album, Unorthodox Jukebox, climbs to #1 on this week’s chart with 96k in sales, up a whopping 97%, a good many of them from the online retailer’s discount pricing.

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supergroup Atoms for Peace, featuring Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist Flea, debuts at #2 with close to 50k in sales for its first album, Amok.

Red-hot indie rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, fresh off their Saturday Night Live appearance, are also beneficiaries of the Amazon MP3 promotion, with 44k in sales (+104%), good for #3.

Glassnote’s Mumford & Sons, climbing over 2 million at #4, and Hillsong United’s Zion, entering at #5, round out the leaders.

Capitol’s Now 45 (#6), Dualtone’s The Lumineers (#7), Def Jam/IDJ’s Rihanna (#8), XL/Columbia’s Adele (#14-9, +18%) and Reprise’s Josh Groban (#10) complete the Top 10.

Other titles affected by the Amazon sale, which included just Sony and WMG titles include Rhino’s Billboard #1`s (#11), Warner Bros.Muse (#13) and Tegan & Sara (#19), Columbia’s Train (#24), Atlantic’s Led Zeppelin Celebration (#25), Columbia’s Passion Pit (#29), Atlantic’s Flo Rida (#35), Legacy’s Earth, Wind & Fire Greatest Hits (#40), Columbia’s Aerosmith Greatest Hits (#46) and RCA’s Britney Spears Greatest Hits (#50).

Top 50 chart newcomers include Nonesuch’s Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell (#33), Valory’s Mavericks (#34) and Montaign’s Michael Bolton (#39).

More double-digit gainers include Republic’s Les Miserables soundtrack (#28-16, +49%), Broken Bow’s Jason Aldean (#38-30, +16%) and Big Machine/Republic’s Florida Georgia Line (#19-18, +11%).

Hitting this week are Capitol Nashville’s Luke Bryant, Legacy’s Jimi Hendrix and Disney’s Shake It Up 3.  Island’s Bon Jovi, ISO/Columbia’s David Bowie, Surfdog’s Eric Clapton, Interscope’s Mindless Behavior and RCA’s Sound City—Reel to Reel soundtrack arrive March 12, while RCA’s Justin Timberlake is ready to explode on March 19.

HITS LIST: AMPERSANDS
Dynamic duos (12/6a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
WINNING NOMINATIONS
I.B. Bad on music's biggest comeback (12/6a)
ON THE COVER: LADY GAGA & TONY BENNETT
It's De-Lovely. (12/6a)
CALLING THE PLAYS:
JOHN JANICK
We salute the winner and still champ. (12/6a)
SONG STREAMS:
'TIS THE SEASON
It's beginning to look a lot like Xmas. (12/6a)
CHESTNUTS
Roasting.
STOCKINGS
Stuffing.
PIPERS
Piping.
SANTA
Coming.
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