Zac Brown Band is No. 1

Los Angeles Times - - Calendar - — Todd Martens

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.

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