It was a battle of rock vs. pop this week on the Billboard 200 charts ... and rock won by a nose. Linkin Park will put up their fourth #1 debut in a row next week when LIVING THINGS enters the charts at #1 on sales of 223,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
That was just enough to edge out Maroon 5, whose Overexposed was hot on LP's tail with sales of 222,000. Just over 1,000 in sales separated the bands, and the figures for Park were close to the first-week numbers for 2010's A Thousand Suns, which sold 241,000 copies in its bow. Maroon, meanwhile, doubled-up on the figures for their previous album, 2010's Hands All Over, which also debuted at #2 on sales of 142,000.
Last week's #1, Justin Bieber's Believe , slipped down to #3, as sales dropped by 69 percent to just under 115,000. The rest of the top 10:Kenny Chesney, Welcome to the Fishbowl (#6, 61,000), Adele, 21 (#7, 42,000), One Direction, Up All Night (#8, 39,000), Usher, Looking 4 Myself (#9, 36,000) and the "Rock of Ages" soundtrack (#10, 28,000).