Week Ending July 29, 2012. Albums: Dog Days Of Summer
Zac Brown Band's Uncaged returns to #1 in its third week on The Billboard 200, displacing Nas' Life Is Good, which debuted on top last week. Uncaged sold just 48K copies, the fourth lowest total in Nielsen SoundScan history for an album at #1. And it's the lowest total outside of winter when it's cold and people don't want to go out (a reason that had more validity before the Internet came along and allowed fans to download or have a CD shipped to their door.)
The only albums to rank #1 with slimmer sales tallies were Amos Lee's Mission Bell, which debuted at #1 in January 2011 with 40K, Cake's Showroom Of Compassion, which debuted at #1 that same month with 44K, and Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday, which climbed to #1 in February 2011 with 45K.
The previous low outside of January or February came in May 2010 when Justin Bieber's eight-week old My World 2.0 returned to #1 with sales of 60K.
Uncaged is the Brown Band's first album to snag a second week at #1. You Get What You Give spent a single week on top in September 2010. Uncaged is the third country album to spend two weeks in the lead so far this year. It follows Lionel Richie's Tuskegee and Carrie Underwood's Blown Away.
You may recall that Phil Collins' 1998 compilation …Hits sold nearly 40K copies last week after Amazon MP3 featured it for 99 cents. So, with the sale over, what did it sell this week? Sales plummeted by 96% to less than 2K. The album tumbled from #1 to #134 on Top Catalog Albums and from #6 completely off the chart on The Billboard 200.
The soft sales climate enables two up-and-coming bands to crack the top five on The Billboard 200 for the first time. The Gaslight Anthem's Handwritten is the week's top new entry at #3. Passion Pit's Gossamer opens at #4.
The Gaslight Anthem's last studio set, American Slang, debuted and peaked at #16. Handwritten debuts at #2 in the U.K. this week. The Gaslight Anthem is a rock band from New Jersey.