Pearl Jam scores its fifth #1 album on the sales chart this week as Lightning Bolt bows atop the chart, selling 166,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This marks the largest debut week for any rock album since last November, when Phillip Phillips'The World From the Side of the Moon bowed with 169,000, reports Billboard.Lightning Bolt is also the 11th Top 10 set for Pearl Jam, as all 10 of its studio efforts have reached the region as well as the soundtrack to the documentary Pearl Jam Twenty.
The Seattle crew also kicked off their Lightning Bolt tour recently, and while in Philadelphia this week, Eddie Vedder sat down for a rare interview with WMMR's Pierre Robert, Matt Cord and Nick McIlwain. During the encore, after playing "Last Kiss," Vedder gave a shout-out to the Rock station, and spoke at length about the importance of live, local radio. You can watch video of Vedder onstage and hear his speech here (via MMR's YouTube page). Check out FMQB's Photo Pass of pictures from Monday night's Pearl Jam concert in Philly here.
Meanwhile, back on the sales chart, Miley Cyrus'Bangerz slips to #2 this week with 72,000 sold, and Paul McCartney enters at #3 with his latest effort, New. The album shifted 67,000 copies in its first week, giving Macca his 19th Top 10 set, counting his solo work and releases with Wings (but not his Beatles material). Drake's Nothing Was the Same sits at #4 this week with 58,000 sold, and the Avett Brothers arrive at #5 with Magpie and the Dandelion, selling just under 58,000.
One-time American Idol winner Scott McCreery returns to the chart with his second album, See You Tonight, debuting at #6 with 52,000. Lorde's Pure Heroine is #7 with 48,000, and Cher's Closer to the Truth moves up to #8 this week by selling 45,000 copies. Willie Nelson is also back on the chart at #9 with his collaboration album, To All the Girls, selling 43,000. It's not only his highest-charting album since 1982, but also just his second Top 10 set ever. The 80-year-old Nelson was last in the Top 10 with 1982's Always on My Mind, according to Billboard. Finally, at #10 is folk/rock act The Head and the Heart with its second album, Let's Be Still, which sold 42,000 and brought the band its best sales week yet.