Mumford & Sons continue to rule the sales chart as their sophomore album, Babel, remains in the #1 slot for the third straight week. Babel sold another 96,000 copies this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, bringing its total to 865,000 sold. At #2 is the new debut from Hip-Hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis called The Heist. The set sold 78,000 units, marking the best sales week yet for either artist. The album is Macklemore's second full-length effort, and teams him with producer Lewis. It was a busy week for new debuts as veteran rockers KISS come in at #3 with Monster, shifting 56,000 copies in the first week. This marks the group's 25th Top 40 album and ties with 1998's Psycho-Circus as its second-highest charting album ever. Only KISS' last studio set, 2009's Sonic Boom, went higher, as it debuted and peaked at #2, according to Billboard.com.
Rapper MGK, aka Machine Gun Kelly, sees his debut effort, Lace Up, enter the chart at #4 with 51,000 sold. Conceptual rockers Coheed and Cambria earn a #5 debut with Afterman: Ascension, shifting 49,000, and All Time Low bows at #6 with Don't Panic, selling 48,000. It's Coheed's fourth Top 10 album and the third Top 10 effort for All Time Low.
Barbra Streisand earns her 32nd Top 10 album this week as Release Me enters the chart at #7 with 44,000 sold. Streisand has the most Top 10 albums of any woman in history. Among all acts, only Frank Sinatra (with 33) and the Rolling Stones (36) have earned more. The latest effort from P!nk, The Truth About Love, is in the #8 slot this week with 36,000, and British singer Ellie Goulding's Halcyon is the seventh and final arrival in the Top 10, as it debuts at #9 with 34,000. Muse's The 2nd Law rounds out the Top 10 with 31,000 units sold.