Jim Donio, President of the Music Business Association, commented on this week’s sales report issued by Nielsen and published by Billboard:
Miley Cyrus might be a lightning rod for controversy, but she’s also a reliable sales force in the industry, and she proved it this week by selling 270,000 copies of Bangerz to land at #1 on the Billboard charts. It’s her fifth album to top the charts, including two under her previous incarnation as Hannah Montana, and a huge step up from 2010’s Can’t Be Tamed, which debuted at #3 with 102,000 copies sold. Cyrus is far from the only artist debuting high on this week’s chart, though, with seven of the Top 10 slots going to new albums. Panic! At the Disco matched their previous best by selling 84,000 copies of Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die to land at #2, while Pusha T scored his first solo Top 10 album with 75,000 sold of My Name Is My Name, good enough for #4. The cast of Glee also returned to the Top 10 for the first time in almost two years with Glee: The Quarterback, the soundtrack EP to the show’s farewell episode for the late Cory Monteith. Hard rock mainstays Korn, Voice winner Cassadee Pope, and rock band Mayday Parade rounded out the Top 10 debuts, resulting in another solid showing for new music on the charts. And with new albums from Paul McCartney and Pearl Jam set to impact next week, not to mention Katy Perry’s Prism hitting stores on October 22, we can expect to see lots of new music in the upper reaches of the charts for weeks to come.