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Foo Fighters Score First No. 1 Album on Hot 200 With 'Wasting Light'

April 21, 2011, 5:45 am GMT

The Dave Grohl-fronted band claim the penthouse of the U.S. album chart for the first time ever by selling 235,000 copies with their seventh studio album.



Foo Fighters have finally earned their first No. 1 album as their seventh studio album "Wasting Light" soars to the first position on Billboard Hot 200 this week like many have predicted. It took Dave Grohl and friends almost a decade and a half to claim their chart topper.

Led by No. 1 Billboard Rock single "Rope", the album has sold around 235,000 copies in its first week on sale, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Despite giving this band their first No. 1 album, the sale number is not their best. It's the band's second-largest sales week, being overshadowed by their debut "In Your Honor" which bowed 311,000 in 2005.

The other new entries are Alison Krauss and Union Station who land at No. 3 with their "Paper Airplane", Paul Simon who follows right behind them with "So Beautiful or So What", and Latin band Mana who arrive at No. 5 with their "Drama Y Luz". A little over the top 10, there is British pop sensation Jessie J who debuts at No. 11 with "Who You Are".

Back to the current top 10 list, Adele gives up the top spot to sit at the runner-place place with her sophomose set "21". Britney Spears' "Femme Fatale" also takes a tumble, falling from No. 2 to No. 6. "Songs for Japan" compilation, meanwhile, remains at No. 7.

Next, there is Wiz Khalifa's "Rolling Papers" which occupies the eight position after rounding up the top 5 last week. Chris Brown trails behind the rapper with his "F.A.M.E." at No. 9, and Mumford & Sons takes the tenth spot with "Sigh No More".

  1. "Wasting Light" - Foo Fighters (235,000)
  2. "21" - Adele (93,000)
  3. "Paper Airplane" - Alison Krauss and Union Station (83,000)
  4. "So Beautiful or So What" - Paul Simon (68,000)
  5. "Drama Y Luz" - Mana (47,000)
  6. "Femme Fatale" - Britney Spears (43,000)
  7. "Songs for Japan" - various artists (37,000)
  8. "Rolling Papers" - Wiz Khalifa (37,000)
  9. "F.A.M.E." - Chris Brown (35,000)
  10. "Sigh No More" - Mumford & Sons (35,000)


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