Mayer’s second week at the top!

John Mayer has scored a second week at the top of the Billboard 200 chart with his latest album ‘Born and Raised’. The album being his fifth studio recorded album landed the top spot in a week of slow sales and has sold 65,000 copies to retain the No.1 position. This is the first time the American singer has held the top position for more than a week.  The Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and musician’s new Columbia records album has not only debuted at no.1 in 6 countries – Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Denmark and the United States but has also topped the iTunes in 30 territories worldwide.

Mayer has earned some redemption from his fans after his album topped the charts on Wednesday, beating stiff competition from rocker Slash and several American Idol alumni. He made headlines in 2010 with a string of controversial comments about his personal life. The singer is currently unable to sing due to a type tumor in his throat called granuloma. He had previously topped the charts with ‘Heavier Things’ in 2003 and ‘Battle Studies’ in 2009. British songstress Adele retained the no. 2 spot with her single ‘21’ which sold 58,000 copies. The reason behind the boosted sales was NBC Television’s ‘Adele: Live in London’ special which was aired over the weekend.

Three new albums debuted in the top ten this week with Regina Specktor’s ‘What We Saw From The Cheap Seats’ taking the no. 3 position. According to the figures from Nielsen SoundScan the album sold 42,000 copies. Alternative rock group Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros took the no. 5 position with ‘Here’ while the Icelandic band Sigur Ros landed their first ever top 10 position at no.7 with their sixth studio album ‘Valtari’. The hugely popular British boy band One Direction saw a surge in their sales for their chart topping album ‘Up All Night’ taking the no. 4 position. They sold 41,000 copies and the sales were further boosted by their ‘Up All Night: The Live Tour’ DVD which was released last week.

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