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Linkin Park kicks Bieber from No. 1
By Marianne Dowling, QMI Agency


Musician and vocalist Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on June 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Mark Davis/Getty Images/AFP

Looks like Canadians have found another album to believe in.

Justin Bieber may have crushed the competition last week with his much-hyped “Believe” disc, but this week the pop heartbreaker was pushed out of the top spot by a bunch of California rap rockers.

Linkin Park’s fifth studio album, “Living Things,” reigned supreme and sold 20,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan data. This is the band’s third-straight No. 1 album in Canada.

Despite a much-hyped appearance at the MuchMusic Video Awards last month and oodles of press, the Biebs just couldn’t maintain the sizzle needed for a second consecutive week at No. 1.His latest album was knocked down to the second spot, selling 18,000 copies – a 68% drop from its debut numbers.

Maroon 5’s “Overexposed” entered the charts in third place with 17,800, just ahead of Orange County, Calif. punkers The Offspring, whose latest, ”Days Go By,” slid into fourth.

Mom-to-be Adele sat smack in the middle of the charts with her juggernaut sophomore album “21” at No. 5, besting “Up All Night” by One Direction at No. 6 and Neil Young’s “Americana” which slipped five spots to land at No. 7.


The Rock of Ages soundtrack (No. 8), Ed Sheeran’s “+” (No. 9) and Metric’s “Synthetica” filled out the bottom of the Canadian top ten.

Across the border, Linkin Park narrowly beat out Maroon 5 for first place, Bieber fell two spots to No. 3, compilation album “Maybach Music Group Presents: Self Made 2” was in at fourth and R. Kelly’s “Write Me Back” entered the charts in fifth place.




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