Maybe Hayley Williams will save rock and roll before Pete Wentz has a chance to.
Nielsen SoundScan reports that Paramore’s self-titled fourth album has nabbed the top spot on the Billboard 200 in its debut week, selling 106,000 copies — more than enough to overtake Justin Timberlake’s reign. This marks the pop-punk band’s first No. 1 album; their last record, 2009’s Brand New Eyes, topped out at No. 2, with 175,000.
Not far behind the Tennessee trio is Brad Paisley (who, coincidentally, lives in Paramore’s hometown of Franklin). The country singer’s Wheelhouse placed at No. 2, with a 100,000 first-week performance. This is the fourth time a Paisley album has opened at second place, which, according to Billboard, means he now shares with Sheryl Crow the dubious honor of having the most No. 2 albums without a No. 1. Looks like LL Cool J’s “Accidental Racist” cameo just wasn’t enough to give Wheelhouse that extra boost. READ FULL STORY