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Josh Groban scores third No. 1 album

Josh Groban is on top again, scoring his third chart-topping album with "All That Echoes," which sold 145,000 in its first week, reports Billboard, citing Nielsen SoundScan figures.

The crooner's latest release marks his third No.1 album; Groban's 2003 "Closer" set and 2007's holiday collection, "Noel," both topped the charts.

"All That Echoes" comes on the heels of 2010's "Illuminations," which debuted and peaked at No. 4.

Groban co-wrote 7 of the 12 tracks that appear on "All That Echoes."

"This album, in my own humble opinion, is in equal parts a return to a certain style of form that I felt was a real sweet spot for me four or five years ago, but at the same time, there's more of a willingness to explore new avenues than I ever have before," Groban told CNN. "Easier said than done. As I sit back and listen to the album again, I say to myself, "I think we really captured what we wanted to do: To not dumb down or compromise what I do vocally, but at the same time, I really pushed a lot of my boundaries."

Rounding out the Top 5 on Billboard's album chart this week are Tim McGraw's "Two Lanes of Freedom" at No. 2, followed by the new "Now 45" collection, "Babel," the Grammy-winning album from Mumford & Sons and Andrea Bocelli's "Passione."

Groban, meanwhile, will appear as himself on Friday's episode of "CSI:NY," set to air on CBS at 9 p.m. ET. The singer will play himself, performing "Happy In My Heartache" as part of the Valentine's Day-themed episode.


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