Maroon 5 top Billboard 200 again with V
POP-ROCK group Maroon 5 outpaced rapper Jeezy to debut their album, V, at the top of the weekly American Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday.
Maroon 5's fifth studio album sold 164,000 copies in its first week, according to sales figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
It is the Los Angeles band's second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, after their 2007 record, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, debuted at No. 1, albeit with significantly higher sales figures of 429,000 copies.
Maroon 5, fronted by lead singer Adam Levine, have enjoyed a popularity surge in mainstream pop music after Levine became a judge on NBC's TV singing talent competition, The Voice.
The band have often collaborated with other judges, such as Christina Aguilera on Moves Like Jagger, which became a hit song.
V includes a collaboration with new Voice judge Gwen Stefani on the single My Heart Is Open.
Rapper Jeezy's fifth studio album, Seen It All, entered the chart at No. 2 with sales of 121,000 copies.
Last week's chart-topper, Ariana Grande's My Everything, dropped to No. 4.
Alt-rock band Counting Crows had the only other new album in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart this week, as its latest record, Somewhere Under Wonderland, clocked in at No. 6.
For the week ended on Sunday, total album sales stood at 4.13 million units, down 18 per cent from the comparable week last year, while year-to-date album sales are at 162.79 million units, down 15 per cent from the same point last year, Billboard said.
On the Digital Songs chart, which measures downloaded sales of singles, newcomer Meghan Trainor reclaimed the top spot after ousting pop star Taylor Swift with her catchy hit, All About That Bass, selling 312,000 copies in its 10th week on the chart.
Swift's Shake It Off dropped to No. 2, with 281,000 downloads.