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Stone Temple Pilots Fly High in Return to Billboard 200

Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple PilotsThe new self-titled album from returning rock heroes Stone Temple Pilots debuts at No. 2 on this week's Billboard 200 album chart, earning them the only new entry on this week's Top 10, according to Nielsen SoundScan. STP's first studio album in nine years sold 62,000 copies and kept their career-long, six album streak of Top 10 chart debuts intact.

After ruling the alternative rock scene for much of the nineties, the group split due to personal issues in 2003, with lead singer Scott Weiland joining former members of Guns N' Roses for two successful albums under the name Velvet Revolver. A successful 2008 reunion tour opened the gates for Stone Temple Pilots to record this album, which they named after themselves in order to signify their creative rebirth.

'Glee: The Music, Volume 3 - Showstoppers' remains atop this week's chart for a second straight week by racking up 63,000 sales. Further evidence of Glee's selling power can be found with the rise of Lady Gaga's 'The Fame' album to the No. 6 spot with 31,000 sales after having her music prominently featured in last week's 'Theatricality' episode of the hit show.

Meanwhile, Justin Bieber's 'My World 2.0' climbs a notch to No. 3 with sales 50,000, Lady Antebellum climb slightly to No. 4 with 46,000 units, and Usher's 'Raymond v Raymond' jumps up three spots to No. 5 with sales of 35,000. The revamped version of the Rolling Stones classic 'Exile On Main Street' takes No. 7 with a tally of 28,000, just one step ahead of the Black Keys, who fall five slots to No. 8 with 26,000 sales for their new soul-influenced album 'Brothers.'

Rounding out the chart are a couple of all-star team-ups: Carole King and James Taylor's 'Live at the Troubadour' climbs two spots to No. 9 with almost 26,000, and Distant Relatives,' the collaboration between rapper Nas and Reggae star Damian Marley descends five slots to No. 10.

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