British rockers Muse have earned their highest charting album ever as The 2nd Law debuts at #2 on the sales chart this week with 101,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is Muse's third Top 10 album, but it wasn't enough to bump Mumford & Sons'Babel from the top slot, as that album sold another 169,000 units. Billboard reports that it's also the first time two British Rock bands have held the #1 and #2 slots on the chart since May 9, 1992, when Def Leppard's Adrenalize was in its fourth week at #1 and The Cure's Wish bowed at #2.
Meanwhile, R&B singer Miguel sees his best sales week ever as his sophomore effort, Kaleidoscope Dream, enters the chart at #3 with 71,000 sold. P!nk's latest album, The Truth About Love, is steady at #4 this week with 52,000, and Three Days Grace debuts at #5 with Transit of Venus, shifting 48,000 copies. It's the third Top 10 album for the band and it follows 2009's Life Starts Now, which launched at #3.
Jazz singer Diana Krall sees her latest album, Glad Rag Doll, bow at #6 with 46,000, and America's Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho arrives at #7 with her latest effort, Songs From the Silver Screen, selling 41,000 sold. It's the 12-year-old's fifth entry on the tally already and marks her third Top 10 effort. Little Big Town's Tornado sits in the #8 slot this week with 31,000, and the final two spots in the Top 10 are owned by even more new debuts: British newcomer Cher Lloyd starts at #9 with her first U.S. album, Sticks & Stones, shifting 31,000, and veteran singer Van Morrison bows at #10 with Born to Sing: No Plan B, selling 29,000. This ties Morrison's highest chart rank ever, when 2008's Keep It Simple also debuted and peaked at #10.