Using an independent coalition to market and promote it, Pearl Jam’s first non-major label release, Backspacer, landed at #1 on this week’s HITS Album sales chart, with a total of 190k.

PEARL’S BACK AT #1

Three Days Grace, Brand New, Five Finger Death Punch, Harry Connick, Jr. and David Gray Debut in Top 10
Using an independent coalition to market and promote it, Pearl Jam’s first non-major label release, Backspacer, landed at #1 on this week’s HITS Album sales chart, with a total of 190k.

That’s more than enough to leapfrog Jay-Z’s Roc Nation/Atlantic album, The Blueprint 3, which falls to #2, ahead of the week’s other Top 5 newcomer, Jive/JLG’s Three Days Grace, whose Life Starts Now bows at #3.

A pair of divas, one veteran and one youngster, in Arista/RMG’s Whitney Houston (#4) and Hollywood’s Miley Cyrus (#5), round out the Top 5.

DGC/Interscope L.I. punks Brand New’s Daisy (#6), Prospect Park L.A. rockers Five Finger Death Punch’s War is the Answer (#7), Columbia crooner Harry Connick Jr.’s Your Songs (#9) and Downtown Records U.K. singer/songwriter David Gray’s Draw the Line (#10) are the other Top 10 debuts, with Epic’s Michael Jackson Number Ones collection the lone holdover at #8.

Other Top 50 newcomers include Shangri-La Music all-star group Monsters of Folk (#13), Casablanca/Universal Republic’s Mika (#19), Six Steps Records Christian artist David Crowder (#22), Sony Music’s Now That What I Call Club Hits (#38) and Epic’s Sean Kingston (#42).

Atlantic’s Skillet (#34), Universal Republic’s surging Owl City (#39), Capitol Nashville’s Lady Antebellum (#41) and Darius Rucker (#49) all re-enter.

This week’s release schedule includes Island/IDJ’s Mariah Carey, Fueled by Ramen/ Atlantic’s Paramore, Columbia’s Barbra Stresiand, Virgin/EMI’s Alice In Chains, Hollywood RecordsBreaking Benjamin and Selena Gomez, Columbia Nashville’s Miranda Lambert and Interscope’s AFI.

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