Zac Brown Band is No. 1
Country good ol’ boys Zac Brown Band and slick pop band Maroon 5 battled for the top spot on this week’s pop chart, a bout between two former best new artist Grammy winners. The trophy, in this case, signifies each act’s crossover appeal.
With “You Get What You Give,” the Zac Brown Band followed its major label breakthrough, 2008’s “The Foundation,” with a No. 1 album. The Atlantic Records album sold 153,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving the fast-rising country stars their first chart-topper on the pop tally.
For Maroon 5, the news wasn’t quite as good. The act’s “Hands All Over” landed with significantly less pop than its 2007 effort, “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long.” The latter bowed with 429,000 copies sold, according to the Billboard archives. By comparison, “Hands All Over” sold 142,000 copies in its first week.