On The Charts: Darius Rucker Is Second Only To Daft Punk

True Believers, the fourth solo release (and third country album) from maverick country artist Darius Rucker, took the No. 2 spot this week on the all-genre Billboard 200 album chart.

Landing in the top spot was French electronic duo Daft Punk, whose wildly anticipated new album Random Access Memories sold 339,000 copies in its first week of release, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan. Random Access Memories, in fact, rang up the second-biggest sales week of 2013 so far, only behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience.

True Believers, the fourth solo release (and third country album) from Rucker (who formerly led pop group Hootie and the Blowfish), moved more than 83,000 copies its first week out. Rucker’s previous album, 2010’s Charleston, SC 1966, also debuted at No. 2.

On the Top Country Albums chart, Billboard points out that True Believers marks Rucker’s third straight No. 1 within the genre.

Elsewhere in the Billboard 200, George Strait’s Love is Everything (which was No. 2 last week) slide to eighth place, and Lady Antebellum’s Golden (which debuted at No. 1) landed in the No. 10 spot.

– Scott T. Sterling, Radio.com

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