Amos Lee earns his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. His Mission Bell sold 40,000 copies. That’s wonderful for him. But really, it’s a sad week in the music business when the most popular album of the week moves such a miniscule amount. Lee’s latest marks a record low total for first week sales since SoundScan started tracking them in 1991. January is usually a slow month when it comes to music sales, but last month’s numbers were downright abysmal.
At No. 2 is Iron and Wine’s Kiss Each Other Clean, selling 39,000 albums. And the No. 3 record is Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday; coming off her SNL appearance last Saturday, her debut solo album moved 38,000 units. Check out the rest of the top 10 after the jump.