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Amos Lee scores lowest-selling No. 1 debut in SoundScan history: how low can CD sales go?

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Amos Lee earns his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. His Mission Bell sold 40,000 copies. That’s wonderful for him. But really, it’s a sad week in the music business when the most popular album of the week moves such a miniscule amount. Lee’s latest marks a record low total for first week sales since SoundScan started tracking them in 1991. January is usually a slow month when it comes to music sales, but last month’s numbers were downright abysmal.

At No. 2 is Iron and Wine’s Kiss Each Other Clean, selling 39,000 albums. And the No. 3 record is Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday; coming off her SNL appearance last Saturday, her debut solo album moved 38,000 units. Check out the rest of the top 10 after the jump.

Feb. 2, 2011′s Billboard 200 albums top 10

No. 1 – Amos Lee, Mission Bell: 40,000

No. 2 – Iron and Wine, Kiss Each Other Clean: 39,000

No. 3 – Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: 38,000

No. 4 – 2011 Grammy Nominees compilation: 38,000

No. 5 – Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans: 33,000

No. 6 – Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More: 31,000

No. 7 – Taylor Swift, Speak Now: 31,000

No. 8 – Wisin & Yandel, Los Vaqueros: El Regreso: 31,000

No. 9 – Kidz Bop 19: 30,000

No. 10 – The Decemberists, The King Is Dead: 29,000

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