The neo-soul singer Maxwell kept his fans waiting eight years for a new album, but they didn’t forget him. “BLACKsummers’night” (Columbia), Maxwell’s first CD since 2001, opens at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, with 316,000 sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, his best sales week ever. (Michael Jackson’s collection “Number Ones” sold more, but it does not qualify for the chart.) Another new album, “Hannah Montana 3” (Disney), the third soundtrack to the hit television show, is No. 2 with 137,000 sales. Last week’s top seller, the 31st edition of the pop compilation series “Now That’s What I Call Music!,” fell to No. 3 with 101,000 sales. All Time Low, a pop-punk band from Maryland, bows at No. 4 with its third release, “Nothing Personal” (Hopeless), which sold just less than 63,000 copies, barely more than the Black Eyed Peas’ latest album, “The E.N.D.” (Interscope), which holds at No. 5 in its fifth week out.
Also this week, Lady Gaga’s album “The Fame” (Interscope) has dropped out of the Top 10 for the first time in almost five months. “The Fame” is No. 13 this week with 33,000 sales; since it was released last August, it has sold nearly 1.2 million copies.