“American Idol” winner and country music star Carrie Underwoodtopped the Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday with her fourth studioalbum “Blown Away,” while the Beastie Boys returned after the deathlast week of Adam “MCA” Yauch. “Blown Away” sold 267,000 copies in its first week according toNielsen SoundScan, coming only second to Madonna’s “MDNA” earlierthis year, which sold 358,000 copies in its initial week ofrelease. This is Underwood’s third album to debut at No. 1 on thechart. The death of Beastie Boys’ Yauch last week led to a rise in salesof the band’s catalog of albums, as their 1986 record “Licensed ToIll” re-entered the Billboard 200 at No.
18 with 19,000 copiessold. Six other Beastie Boys albums also re-entered the Billboard 200chart, with collective sales of 55,000 in the two days followingYauch’s death last Friday. Online music streaming site Spotify saidit saw a 1700 percent increase in people listening to Beastie Boyssongs between May 3 and 4. Grammy-winning blues singer Norah Jones’ fifth studio album,”Little Broken Hearts,” entered the Billboard 200 at No.
2 afterselling 110,000 copies, while the new “Now 42” music compilation ofcurrent hits including those by Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown andGotye, entered the chart at No. 3 with sales of 95,000. Rapper B.o.B.’s second album, “Strange Clouds,” debuted at No. 5with sales of 76,000, leaving Adele’s Grammy-winning “21” at No. Digital Medical Thermometer
4,the only non-new entry in the top five this week. Two more new albums entered the top 10, with the soundtrack fromhit TV musical “Smash” at No. 9 and gothic rocker Marilyn Manson’stenth studio album “Born Villain” debuted at No. 10. Digital Bathroom Weighing Scale Manufacturer
Last week’schart-topper, Jack White’s “Blunderbuss,” fell to No. 7 this week. Gotye continues to lead an unchanged top five on Billboard’sDigital Songs chart with “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuringKimbra. Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa, Carly RaeJepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” Fun.’s “We Are Young” featuring JanelleMonae, and Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” fill the No. China Baby Nipple Thermometer
2 to No. 5positions respectively.