Avenged Sevenfold scored a triumphant return to the sales chart this week as the group's sixth studio album, Hail To The King, debuts at #1 with 159,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the second-largest sales week for the band, just shy of the debut of 2010's Nightmare, which also opened at #1 with 163,000. In total, Hail To The King is A7X's third Top 10 effort, following Nightmare and 2007's self-titled album. Luke Bryan's Crash My Party falls to #2 this week with 92,000, and Rappers Big Sean and Juicy J bow at #3 and #4, respectively. Big Sean's Hall of Fame sold 72,000, while Juicy J's Stay Trippy started off with 64,000. For Juicy J, it easily marks his biggest sales week and highest-charting album yet. Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines fills out the Top 5 with 55,000 sold.
In the back half of the Top 10, Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience moves back up to #6 with 37,000, and JohnMayer's Paradise Valley slips to #7 with 36,000. The new tribute album Alabama & Friends bows at #8 with 32,000 sold. The all-star country Collection, celebrating the music of the band Alabama, features an array of country stars covering some of the band's biggest hits, along with two new songs. Bruno Mars rises to #9 with Unorthodox Jukebox, moving another 27,000 units, and R&B trio TGT is at #10 with Three Kings, shifting nearly 27,000.