Music legend Prince returns; lands two albums in US top 10

A file photo taken on June 2, 2014 shows US singer Prince attending the French Open tennis tournament. The rock and R&B veteran scored two new debuts in the top 10 in the United States, as two country music artists Blake Shelton and Lady Antebell
A file photo taken on June 2, 2014 shows US singer Prince attending the French Open tennis tournament. The rock and R&B veteran scored two new debuts in the top 10 in the United States, as two country music artists Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum raced to the top of the weekly US Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Rock and R&B veteran Prince scored two new debuts in the top 10 in the United States, as two country music artists Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum raced to the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday.

Prince, who last released an album in 2010, gave his fans two new albums at once. Art Official Age notched No. 5, while Plectrumelectrum, his collaboration with his backing band 3rdeyegirl, landed at No. 8.

Billboard said Prince is the first act in a decade to achieve two simultaneous albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart. Rapper Nelly last achieved that feat in 2004 with his Suit and Sweat records.

Shelton, who is also a judge on US talent show The Voice, topped the chart with Bringing Back the Sunshine which sold 101,000 copies in its first week, according to sales figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

Tailing Shelton is Lady Antebellum at No. 2 with 747 selling 74,000 copies.

Last week's No. 1 album, Cheek to Cheek by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, dropped to No. 4.

The only other new debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart, which measures physical and digital album sales, is Irish pop-rockers the Script at No. 10 with No Sound Without Silence.

For the week ended Oct. 5, total album sales clocked in at 4.35 million units, down 9 per cent from the comparable week in 2013, while year-to-date sales totalled 180.01 million, down 14 per cent from last year, Billboard said.