There’s no way the groundhog will see his shadow — at least, not based on this week’s charts, which are thawing early from their usual January freeze. Fall Out Boy claim the top spot on the latest Billboard 200, but the top 10 overall is among the most action-packed at least since Taylor Swift‘s 1989 began its commercial stranglehold late last year. New releases from Joey Bada$$, the Decemberists and Marilyn Manson all debuted in the album chart’s upper reaches.
Fall Out Boy’s new American Beauty/American Psycho went No. 1 in convincing fashion. It shifted 218,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Jan. 25, according to Nielsen Music. Even based on pure album sales, American‘s 192K is Fall Out Boy’s second-best sales week ever, behind their 2007 album Infinity on High‘s opening 260K. It’s also the second-largest sales week for a rock album in the past two years, behind Coldplay’s Ghost Stories (383K). Along with Meghan Trainor‘s 195K sales of Title last week, this marks the first January since 2010 when two albums have each beaten the 150K sales mark in their first weeks.
Among other albums released last week, Joey Bada$$’s debut, B4.Da.$$, holds the lead (No. 5, 58K units). Another new entry is the Decemberists’ What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (No. 7, 51K), their second top-10 LP after its predecessor, 2011′s The King Is Dead, which opened at No. 1. Also reaching the top 10 is Marilyn Manson’s The Pale Emperor (No. 8, 51K).
Beyond the top 10, we’re still awaiting official tallies on albums that are close to our hearts. According to Miss Info, which cites Nielsen figures, Lupe Fiasco’s return-to-form Tetsuo & Youth ended up at No. 14 with 42K. Björk’s leak-beating Vulnicura, Sleater-Kinney’s comeback No Cities to Love and Belle and Sebastian’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance all shouldn’t be too far behind.
The rest of the actual top 10, meanwhile, features a familiar cast: Swift’s 1989 (No. 2, 119K), Trainor’s Title (No. 3, 88K), Ed Sheeran’s enduring x (No. 4, 76K), Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint (No. 6, 54K), Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour (No. 9, 50K) and Mark Ronson’s Uptown Special (No. 10, 49K). That second-to-last one was partly thanks to Tom Petty; the last one was mainly thanks to “Uptown Funk.” Speaking of which, don’t believe me about the groundhog? Just watch.
Listen to Joey Bada$$’s latest single, “Teach Me,” below.