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Led Zeppelin Breaks Billboard Records, More Billboard News

Led Zeppelin scores its first No. 1 album since 1979's "In Through the Out Door" this week with the three-CD live set "How the West Was Won." The Atlantic collection, which combines recordings from two 1972 California concerts, sold 154,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and debuts on top of The Billboard 200.

"How the West Was Won" is the band's third compilation since 1990 to reach the top-20 of the album chart: a 1990 boxed set entered at No. 18, and 1997's "BBC Sessions" landed at No. 12.

The live album was released simultaneously with the "Led Zeppelin DVD," which set a record for highest debut-week and highest single-week sales for a music DVD. The title sold 120,000 units in the U.S. to bow at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Music Videos chart. It easily broke the record previously held by Paul McCartney's "Back in the U.S." (Capitol), which sold 61,000 units in its debut week late last year.

This is the third week in a row a rock album has topped The Billboard 200, as releases from Marilyn Manson and the Deftones led the album tally in the past two weeks.

Evanescence's "Fallen" gains one position to a new peak at No. 3 despite a 12% sales slip to 91,000 units. One of the year's biggest success stories, the Wind-Up album has sold about 1.2 million units in its 13 weeks on the chart.

Last week's No. 1, Staind's "14 Shades of Grey" (Flip/Elektra) falls to No. 7 on a 64% slide to sales of 79,000 units.

Source: Billboard.com

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