Cake Sets Record for Lowest Selling Album to Top Charts

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    John McCrea of CAKE performs during The X's 2010 Kick Ass Christmas Party at Stage AE on December 6, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    Hey, it’s still hella cool to be no. 1.

    Sacramento, Calif. alt-rockers Cake topped the charts for the first time with the release of their sixth album, “Showroom of Compassion,” Billboard.com reported.

    The only problem: Cake sold just 44,000 copies of the album, which makes "Showroom" the weakest-selling no. 1 since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.

    Overall sales of albums for the week ended Jan. 16 totaled 4.9 million units, down 15 percent compared to the same week a year ago, Billboard reported. Album sales have tanked 11 percent to date in 2012.

    Until now, Cake had never cracked the top 10 on Billboard’s charts despite penning radio hits “The Distance” and “Never There,” MTV News reported.

    Taylor Swift had set the record for lowest album sales in the top spot last week. The country darling’s “Speak Now” had sold 52,000 to lead the competition in its 11th week on the market, according to Billboard.

    “Speak Now” landed at no. 3 this week, below indie rockers Cage the Elephant’s latest, “Thank You Happy Birthday.”

    Rounding out the top 10 were: Bruno Mars’ “Doo-Wops & Hooligans”; Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday”; the “Country Strong” soundtrack; Steel Magnolia (self titled); Rihanna’s “Loud”; Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More”; and Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.”

    Selected Reading: Billboard, MTV, NPR