Week Ending July 15, 2012. Albums: This Will Surprise You
Ask a few musically aware people to guess which album by a group or duo has sold the most copies in any one week so far this year. I bet very few people will get it right. Here's the right answer: Zac Brown Band's Uncaged, which enters The Billboard 200 at #1 this week with sales of 234K copies. The runners-up (and your most likely wrong guesses) are Linkin Park's Living Things (223K), Maroon 5's Overexposed (222K), Van Halen's A Different Kind Of Truth (187) and One Direction's Up All Night (176K).
Uncaged sold more than 100K more copies than Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, which may be this year's most buzzed-about album. Uncaged even sold more digital copies than Channel Orange, which was an iTunes exclusive. Uncaged sold 139K digital copies (to rank #1 on Top Digital Albums). Channel Orange sold 128K digital copies. (More on Ocean in a minute.)
All three of Zac Brown Band's albums rank in this week's top 20. You Get What You Give leaps from #51 to #16 in its 95th week. The Foundation vaults from #73 to #19 in its 190th week. This is the latter album's highest ranking since August 2010.
The 234K start for Uncaged represents a substantial gain over You Get What You Give, which debuted at #1 in October 2010 with sales of 153K. The Foundation opened in November 2008 with sales of 44K. It finally peaked at #9 in May 2010.
The Foundation jumps to #1 on Top Catalog Albums. It's the first country album to head that chart since Taylor Swift's Sounds Of The Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection topped the chart for four weeks in 2009-2010. It's the first non-holiday country album to accomplish the feat since George Strait's 50 Number Ones did it in May 2009.
The Foundation has sold 3,021,000 copies to date (counting 63K for a Cracker Barrel-exclusive version). You Get What You Give has sold 1,555,000.