Pearl Jam tops Billboard album chart with 'Lightning Bolt'

October 23, 2013 3:37 PM

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Pearl Jam tops Billboard album chart with 'Lightning Bolt'

The latest album by the veteran band -- which The Times' Chris Barton recently described as "an efficient machine of solid but safely nostalgic rock" -- enters the Billboard 200 this week at No. 1, reflecting sales of 166,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It's Pearl Jam's second consecutive chart-topper (following "Backspacer" in 2009) and fifth overall, though the album's "launch is the smallest debut frame for any of Pearl Jam's studio releases," wrote Billboard's Keith Caulfield.

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