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Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga take the cake, Kenny Chesney debuts hot on their heels, viral stars Pentatonix see Top 5 bow, Prince debuts two new albums and Blake Shelton prepares to wear next week's crown.
IT'S CHEEK IN A SQUEAKER
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Prevail, Chesney follows Close Behind, Babs Scores Strong Second Week

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s standards set, Cheek to Cheek (Columbia/Interscope), takes the #1 spot on the HITS Album Sales Chart with 131k.

 

Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville’s Kenny Chesney put up one hell of a fight, though, landing the #2 spot with just over 129k for The Big Revival. Right on his heels is last week's chart-topper, Columbia's Barbra Streisand, down 35% (#3) in her second week.

 

In a related story, our elderly Jewish relatives are feeling really hip right now. Oh, sorry--they're really feeling it in their hip now. Must be the change in weather.

 

English alt-rockers alt-J hit #4, scoring 65k for their sophomore full-length.

 

A cappella viral sensations Pentatonix, the RCA group with more YouTube subscribers than Beyoncé, rounded out the Top 5 this week with 47k.


Virtuoso blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa’s 11th studio album debuted at #8, raking in 27k via J&R Records.

Speaking of debuts, hipsters around the world are throwing on their finest black turtlenecks to rejoice in the debut of Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems (Columbia), which snagged 23.87k at #12. Meanwhile, RCA’s Jennifer Hudson hit #13 with 22k.

 

RCA’s Chris Brown slid to #6 with 36k (-75%) in his second week, and 222/Interscope’s Maroon 5 can now be found at #9 with 25k (-34%). Meanwhile, Big Machine’s Tim McGraw rounded out the Top 10 with 23k (-68%)

 

Powered by $5.99 and $7.99 sales at iTunes, Hollywood’s Guardians of the Galaxy ST (#7, 30k, +34%) and Disney’s Frozen ST (#11, 22.88k, -10%) continue to hold their own in the Top 15.

 

For all of this week’s stats, click here.

Streeting at presstime are albums from Warner Music Nashville’s Blake Shelton and Capitol Nashville’s Lady Antebellum, Republic’s Colbie Caillat, Columbia’s The Script and Island/Republic’s Tove Lo. Also two, yes two, new Prince albums are coming your way through Warner Bros.

 

The following week brings Broken Bow's Jason Aldean and Columbia's Hozier.

 

In other news. it's not even Yom Kippur yet and we're already hungry.

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