Good news: The music industry is starting to sell more records in 2011. Bad news: They’re Now compilations and Justin Bieber remix records. The latter takes Billboard‘s top spot from the former this week, with Never Say Never: The Remixes selling a brisk 161,000 copies, and why not, since Never Say Never: The Movie is such a hoot. At #2, we see a continued robust Grammy bounce . . . for Mumford and Sons. Yes, that mega-rasping hoedown clusterfuck with Bob Dylan won people over. Imagine if they’d won Album of the Year.
Ah yes: As for Arcade Fire, they sneak up to #12 (41,000 sold) — a respectable figure, sure, but far short of the We Did It indie takeover we’d hoped for and/or feared. (The Bieber-vanquishing Esperanza Spalding, meanwhile, snuck into the Top 40 at #34. Jazz!) The rest of the best is a random jumble of stuff like Lady Antebellum, Bruno Mars, and the unsinkable Nicki Minaj, but Bieber’s the man this week: All four of his albums are in the Top 40. Look for Never Say Never: The Jazz Remixes soon, which’ll make it five.