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Maroon 5’s “V” Wins Album Sales Race with 164K

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Thanks to a weekly sales bow at the high-end of its projected range, Maroon 5’s “V” cruises to an easy victory on the Billboard 200.

The band’s fifth studio album moved 164,000 copies in its inaugural week. A decline from the 222,000 figure achieved by #2-peaking predecessor “Overexposed,” the total nonetheless bests that of 2010 release “Hands All Over” (142,000).

Jeezy’s “Seen it All: The Autobiography,” which also bested initial projections, lands in second place on the strength of 121,000 weekly sales.

The “Guardians of the Galaxy” “Awesome Mix: Volume 1,” follows in third with 53,000 new sales.

After scoring the chart’s best sales figure of 169,000 last week, Grande’s album slips to #4 with 42,000 sales in its second week of release. Its week-to-week decline of 75% is larger than that which was initially forecast and nearly as much as that endured by predecessor “Yours Truly” last year.

Fueled by a discounted offering on Google Play, Bob Marley’s greatest hits release “Legend” rises to #5 with sales of 41,000. Never before had a Marley album reached the top five.

Other top ten albums: Counting Crows’ “Somewhere Under Wonderland” (#6, 32,000), the “Frozen” soundtrack (#7, 30,000), Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” (#8, 30,000), “NOW 51” (#9, 28,000) and Wiz Khalifa’s “Blacc Hollywood” (#10, 20,000).

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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