By Grady Smith
September 07, 2012 at 06:10 PM EDT
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Some say rock music is dying.

But no one told that to Neon Trees. The Utah-formed band earned their first Top 10 single on Billboard‘s Hot 100 this week with “Everybody Talks,” which jumped from No. 11 to No. 6 and sold 102,000 downloads.

Neon Trees formerly reached No. 13 with their 2010 Glee-approved hit “Animal,” but “Everybody Talks,” with its fuzzy pop-tinged chorus  and infectious wails, is proving to be more of a chart powerhouse.

In a pop music world dominated by dancy synths, it’s a testament to the continued viability of actual bands that two songs above “Everybody Talks” — fun.’s “Some Nights” (No. 5) and Maroon 5’s “One More Night” (No. 3) — are both doing so well.

“Everybody Talks” (which, for the record, I totally called back in April) has taken 25 weeks to reach the Top 10 (it also just hit No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs), and we’ll see if it climbs even higher in the future. For now, though, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers:

TobyMac: The electro-pop “Me Without You” singer, formerly of DC Talk, became the first outright Christian artist to top the Billboard 200 since 1960 when the The Mormon Tabernacle Choir topped the chart with The Lord’s Prayer. TobyMac’s set Eye On It moved 69,000 in its first week.

The last time a Christian album topped the chart was in 1997, when it happened twice — first with Bob Carlisle’s Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace) and later with Leann Rimes’ You Light Up My Life – Inspirational Songs. Notably, both of those albums come from artists whose catalog’s are primarily secular, which makes TobyMac’s achievement all the more impressive. Christian acts have proven powerful on the albums chart in 2012. David Crowder Band’s Give Us Rest reached No. 2 earlier this year, while just last week, Tenth Avenue North reached the Top 10 with The Struggle last week, and rapper Lecrae (who guests on TobyMac’s disc) is headed for a Top 5 debut in the coming frame.

Demi Lovato: With The X-Factor set to debut next week, expect the show to make much of the fact that the young judge’s platinum single “Give Your Heart a Break” hit No. 1 on the Pop Songs chart this week (a first for Lovato) — long after its January 23 radio debut.

The Lumineers: I’ve mentioned the folky three-piece Americana band before, but their chart success merits another mention. Driven by the popularity of their single “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers’ self titled debut continues its ascent on the albums chart. This week, it rose (for the umpteenth time) by 21 percent and sold over 21,000 copies, thereby jumping 15-11 in its 22nd week on the chart. All told, the solid debut disc has moved 260,000 copies total. If it breaks into the Top 10 next week, we promise to send some celebratory suspenders their way.

Carrie Underwood: She may not have gotten an Entertainer of the Year nomination from the CMAs, but the country superstar has other reasons to feel great. Thanks to a $6.99 sale on Amazon, her fourth album Blown Away blew back into the Top 10 from No. 21 to No. 8, selling 28,000 copies — an 85 percent increase. Even better, it was just certified platinum for shipments of 1 million copies, though its sales stand at 749,000 so far.

Slaughterhouse: The rap group, composed of Royce Da 5’9″, Joe Budden, Crooked I, and Joell Ortiz, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 52,000 copies sold of their second set Welcome to Our House. Since the No. 25 bow of their 2009 self-titled debut, which started with 18,000 copies, Royce Da 5’9″ has broken out as Eminem’s rap partner in Bad Meets Evil.

Alanis Morissette: Although the Canadian singer debuted at No. 5 with Havoc and Bright Lights, its 33,000 sales tally paled in comparison to her last two albums, 2008’s Flavors of Entanglement and 2004’s So-Called Chaos, which debuted with 71,000 and 115,000, respectively. That being said, Havoc is Morissette’s first album with indie label Collective Sounds (she recently split ways with longtime label Warner Bros.), so the standards for success are quite different.

Owl City: While his Carly Rae Jepsen collab “Good Time” climbed 9-8 this week, his album The Midsummer Station fell 7-40, and frankly, once “Good Time” has run its course, its unlikely that Owl City’s latest synthy set will produce another viable single. Poor album sales don’t matter for Rihanna and Flo Rida, who can sell 3 single downloads in their sleep, but they do for everyone else!

Check back next week for more chart winners and losers!

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