You know things have hit a lurch on the Billboard 200 when the publication’s resident chart stud Keith Caulfield refers to the week’s roundup as “dreary” and “ho-hum” in his latest column. Indeed, Mumford & Sons retain their post-Grammys mojo and remain on top with Babel for a fifth non-consecutive week. That said, the LP only sold 63,000 copies this time around, the lowest tally for a #1 album since August of last year. Further to that, no new albums enter the Top 10.
Two upcoming records that could very well jump-start things: David Bowie‘s The Next Day (out March 12) and Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience (March 19). Alas, until then, we’re possibly looking at one more sleepy week in chart land.
The Top 10 Of Billboard’s Top 200 Chart
1. Mumford & Sons, Babel *5 weeks*
2. Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox
3. Josh Groban, All That Echoes
4. Various, NOW 45
5. The Lumineers, The Lumineers
6. Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls
7. Various, 2013 Grammy Nominees
8. fun., Some Nights
9. Rihanna, Unapologetic
10. Taylor Swift, Red