In a crowded week of new album releases, Drake easily sailed to #1 with Nothing Was The Same, selling 658,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Nothing Was the Same gives Drake his third #1 album and his personal best sales week. It also tallies the second-largest sales week of 2013, as only Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience sold more when it debuted in March. Kings of Leon arrive at #2 this week with Mechanical Bull, selling 110,000 copies. This marks the band's third Top 10 album, following 2010's Come Around Sundown and 2008's Only by the Night.
Cher makes a triumphant return to the chart at #3 with Closer to the Truth, bowing with 63,000 sold. This is Cher's highest debut ever and highest-charting solo album. Until this week, she had never gone higher than #4 with her solo albums, according to Billboard.com. Right behind Cher is another veteran act -- Sir Elton John -- with his new studio album, The Diving Board. It debuts at #4 with 47,000 sold, giving Sir Elton his 18th Top 10 album.
Last week's #1 album, Jack Johnson's From Here to Now to You, falls to #5 this week with another 37,000 sold. LukeBryan's Crash My Party is #6 with 36,000, and Dream Theater scores another Top 10 debut with its new self-titled set, bowing at #7 with 34,000. Dance trio Krewella arrives at #8 with its debut set, Get Wet, selling 27,000, and Metallica earns a #9 debut with the new live album/soundtrack to their 3D movie, Metallica: Through the Never, which shifted 26,000 units. This marks Metallica's ninth Top 10 set overall. Closing out the top 10 is Justin Moore's Off the Beaten Path, which sold 25,000.