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Norah Jones + B.o.B Debut in Top 5 of Billboard 200

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Norah Jones and B.o.B crash the Top 5 of the Billboard 200 this week with their latest albums. Jones’ ‘…Little Broken Hearts’ enters at No. 2, while B.o.B’s ‘Strange Clouds‘ debuts at No. 5.

Jones’ album, led by the single ‘Happy Pills,’ sold more than 110,000 units last week, trailing behind the latest album by country superstar Carrie Underwood. ‘Now 42,’ the latest compilation in the long-running series, comes in at No. 3, while Adele‘s ’21′ holds strong at No. 4.

The No. 5 entry for ‘Strange Clouds’ is lower than B.o.B’s debut album, ‘The Adventures of Bobby Ray,’ which reached No. 1. ‘Strange Clouds’ sold 84,000 copies, just 8,000 fewer than ‘Bobby Ray’ did when it first charted in 2010. B.o.B’s new release has already produced three hits — the title track, ‘So Good,’ and the Taylor Swift-assisted ‘Both of Us.’

Lionel Richie, Jack White and One Direction remain lodged in the Top 10. The ‘Smash‘ soundtrack featuring music from the Broadway-themed show also enters in the Top 10.

The other big news on the chart this week is the rise of music from the Beastie Boys after the death of Adam Yauch. The Beasties’ 1986 classic ‘Licensed to Ill’ re-enters the chart at No. 18, while ‘Solid Gold Hits’ holds No. 51 and ‘Paul’s Boutique’ takes No. 56. The group’s total sales jumped from 14,000 to 151,000 this week.

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