Another long-beloved rock artist, Eric Clapton, sits at No. 2, with his album The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale. The tribute CD, featuring John Mayer and Willie Nelson, sold 61,000 copies and marks Clapton’s bestselling album since his 2004 tribute album, Me and Mr. Johnson.
Following at No. 3 is the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, entitled Awesome Mix No. 1. The collection mostly consists of classic pop tunes (such as Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling”) and plays an important role in the film, as it’s repeatedly listened to by protagonist Peter Quill. Like the film, the soundtrack exceeded expectations, first projected to move around 15,000 copies but actually selling 60,000 — four times the initial estimates.
Shawn Mendes rounds out the top five with his self-titled debut EP. The singer became an online sensation after uploading a short clip of himself singing on Vine and was subsequently signed by Island Records, home to fellow young male pop artists Austin Mahone and 5 Seconds of Summer. Mendes’ first release sold 48,000 copies and is the fourth Island Records EP to enter the top 10 this year.
But perhaps the biggest surprise besides Petty’s first No. 1 album? After 31 consecutive weeks in the top five on the charts, the Frozen soundtrack finally descended from No. 2 to No. 6. Still, the drop doesn’t make the album’s performance any less impressive. This is the 34th straight week (reaching back to December 29, 2013) that the album has remained in the top 10.