Beyoncé tried to reclaim the glory of being number one – something that she did for three consecutive weeks, but Disney’s popular Frozen film has also taken the music world a storm remaining atop the Billboard 200. The numbers are ugly, but a number one album is a number one album right? Well, sort of… Frozen sold only 86,000 copies. 86,000 copies for the top-selling album in the country is pretty modest. That said, it’s January and the charts are a ‘hot mess’ early on in the year. ‘Yoncé didn’t find herself to far behind, moving 79,000 more copies of Beyoncé. The ‘visual album’ has sold like a beast, selling over 1.5 million in five short weeks. Yes girl, you are “***Flawless”.
The top ten is pretty quiet this week, though Kid Ink arrived with In My Own Lane at number three. The drop off between albums two and three is pretty wide though – Ink sold 50,000 copies. It is what it is. After that, the top ten keeps Eminem, Lorde, One Direction, Katy Perry and Imagine Dragons. Miley Cyrus regains her swag to rejoin ‘elite’ company with horrific numbers (can you say a legit “Wrecking Ball”). The most shocking re-entrance in the top ten comes from R. Kelly. Still, according to Billboard, not too many folks were on them Black Panties – the album sold 17,000 copies! So the top ten ranges between 17,000 and 86,000 copies in sales. Add the approximate sales totals of the top ten and what do you get? 385,000 copies… It took ten albums to sell that much. Record execs everywhere are cringing.
On the Hot 100, Pitbull and Ke$ha keeps things “going down” with “Timber.” They might as well, as little else is going down. Thankfully, a hot release week should infuse some life into the albums chart next week. Bruce Springsteen should definitely bring some High Hopes after such tepid numbers this week. Also, don’t count out Jennifer Nettles – surely some of that Sugarland crowd will join her for the solo ride That Girl. Also don’t underestimate the power of parents buying wholesome music for their offspring. Kidz Bop, it sells people! Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings may not be a household name, but those who have a soft spot for retro-soul – the real deal mind you – will eat up Give The People What They Want. Record companies have done a fine job of stacking January 14, 2014 with interesting releases… hopefully people partake.
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Beyoncé continues her stint at no. 1, with fifth LP Beyoncé moving another 310,000 copies. What’s interesting about that total is that that’s about how many copies 4 sold when it debuted! In total, Beyoncé has sold 1.3 million copies in three short weeks! Now who’s “working” Britney? Three other albums sold more than 100,000 copies – One Direction (Midnight Memories), Eminem (The Marshall Mathers LP 2), and Frozen Soundtrack. Katy Perry didn’t do too shabby for herself either, as Prism closed out a highflying top five with 99,000 copies. Go on and “roar” girl!
New releases definitely didn’t play a role in this weeks chart, nor will they next week; the dead of January is firmly upon us. So buy those albums you missed/slept on or replay the new classics of 2013. Otherwise, there won’t be a lot to add to the collection…
Beyoncé tops the Billboard 200 chart with her fifth studio album, the self-titled Beyoncé. This is huge news, considering the week was initially expected to be a bit slower with Garth Brooks, R. Kelly, and Childish Gambino stealing the notable headlines. Released just Friday, December 13 exclusively to iTunes (CDs are on their way save for Target), Beyoncé not only scores her fifth consecutive no. 1 album, but also her biggest sales week with 617,000 copies sold. Billboard earlier reported that Beyoncé had the largest selling sales week for an iTunes album. Compare it to the opening week for 4, her lowest selling debut at 310,000 copies (no slouch), and Beyoncé’s sales accomplishments are only further amplified.
R. Kelly and Childish Gambino still make noise as new releases, both debuting inside the top 5 and top 10 respectively. R. Kelly’s ultra sexual Black Panties sold an impressive 133,000 copies, good for a no. 4 debut. Sure, those numbers aren’t old-school R. Kelly sales figures, but certainly an improvement over the underwhelming showing for 2012 effort Write Me Back (no. 5, 68,000 copies). This is the biggest sales week for Kelly since Love Letter debuted at no. 6 with 154,000 copies in 2010. That album would ultimately be certified gold. Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet was certainly a surprise in regards to its numbers; it debuts at no. 7 with 96,000 copies sold. That’s just short of being twice as much as Camp sold in 2011.
As for the rest of the top 10, well it’s all about staying power aka holdovers. Garth Brooks was probably ready to celebrate another week in the penthouse before ‘Yoncé kicked him out. Still, the box set that just keeps on going slides minimally to no. 2 and manages to sell another 172,000 copies. In fact, albums no. 1 through no. 6 all sell > than 100,000 copies (Beyoncé, Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, R. Kelly, One Direction, and The Robertsons). How much does album no. 10 move? The soundtrack to the Disney movie Frozen sold 56,000 copies. Still, when you think about how small the top 10 has been at times throughout 2013, those are some great numbers, particularly at the top.
On the single charts, Eminem and Rihanna spend a second consecutive week at no. 1 with “The Monster”. Eminem’s album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, also remains a top 10 fixture, sitting at no. 8 this week.
Who’s Got Next? I’d say this week it will be all about holdovers. B.o.B. releases his third LP, Underground Luxury, but I’m not sure it is an album with much fanfare.
- Garth Brooks Kills Britney’s ‘Vibe’: Ascends to No. 1 (brentmusicreviews.com)
- Beyonce Is Queen Once More, Secret Album Runaway No. 1 (thewrap.com)
- ‘Beyonce’ Release an Early Christmas Present for Music Industry (variety.com)
- Surprising No One, New Beyoncé Album Tops iTunes Charts (besttechie.com)
Chart Rewind (Highlights), September 04, 2013
Avenged Sevenfold found themselves in a familiar place, no. 1, with 159,000 copies sold of Hail To The King. Hip hop had another showing, but definitely not comparable to the summer trifecta of Kanye West, J. Cole, and Mac Miller. Big Sean debuted at no. 3 with 72,000 copies of Hall of Fame while Juicy J landed right behind him at no. 4 with 64,000 copies of Stay Trippy.
By the way, what about those acts that got no love? Franz Ferdinand debuted at no. 24 with Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. Mandisa’s latest Overcomer landed at no. 29. Goodie Mob’s comeback effort (Age Against The Machine) truly received nada, debuting at no. 30. I suppose you win some and you lose some.
Grande Leads The Charge
Ariana Grande debuts atop the Billboard Albums Chart with 138,000 copies of Yours Truly sold. For most of the week, it seemed that Grande would be dueling with a reintroduced Tamar Braxton for the number one spot. In the end, the young Mariah Carey-favoring singer/actress takes her rightful crown. Tamar Braxton debuts at no. 2 with Love & War selling 114,000 copies. For an adult contemporary R&B album, that ain’t bad at all folks. Honestly, I’m shocked that Braxton moved six figures… you just never know.
Nine Inch Nails debuts expectedly at no. 3 with 107,000 copies of Hesitation Marks sold. Unfortunately, the 107,000 copies is a far cry from Nine Inch Nails’ previous major label efforts. Still, six figures in this day and age is respectable. Maybe these new kiddos just don’t know about Trent Reznor. Sigh.
John Legend lands at no. 4 with with Love in the Future. Love in the Future sold only 68,000 copies, down from the 133,000 copies that graced his last solo effort, Evolver (2008). That said, Love in the Future did sell more than Legend’s collaborative album with The Roots, Wake Up! According to Billboard.com. For an artist with such soul and talent, it is sad that 68,000 copies was the ceiling. Better than the 55,000 copies prognosticated originally.
Jaheim doesn’t have his greatest sales week either, as Appreciation Day received little appreciation ultimately moving only 58,000 copies good for a no. 6 bow. Jaheim has never moved gargantuan numbers, but in 2006, Ghetto Classics did debut atop the Billboard 200 with 152,000 copies sold. 2007 effort The Makings of a Man just missed the top ten (it was a December release), but sold a career best 176,000 copies. Even 2010 effort Another Round had little to hold it’s head down about; it sold 112,000 copies good for a no. 3 bow. But 58,000 copies? That ain’t going nowhere.
Katy Perry Roars On
Really, what else is their to say… Katy Perry already told you we’d hear her roar. And she’s roaring at no. 1 a second week. Case closed.
Who’s Got Next?
Several new efforts materialized on Tuesday, September 10. This includes Keith Urban’s Fuse, 2 Chainz’s B.O.A.T.S. II, Janelle Monáe’s The Electric Lady, The Weeknd’s Kiss Land, Sheryl Crow’s Feels Like Home, Goldfrapp’s Tales of Us, Trombone Shorty’s Say That To Say This, Sean Kingston’s Back 2 Life, Kaskade’s Atmosphere, Earth Wind & Fire’s Now, Then & Forever, Gloria Estefan’s The Standards, and Arctic Monkey’s AM. Ones to watch? Keith Urban, 2 Chainz, Sheryl Crow, and possibly The Weeknd. Curious to see how the sales come out for these albums.
- Chart report: Ariana Grande’s ‘Yours Truly’ debuts at No. 1, Tamar Braxton and Nine Inch Nails take the silver and bronze (music-mix.ew.com)
- Ariana Grande Album Debuts At Number One In U.s. (contactmusic.com)
- Will R&B Ever Recover From Sales Inconsistencies? (brentmusicreviews.com)
- Music: TV’s Ariana Grande ‘Truly’ Hits No. 1 (variety.com)
The biggest new of the week came from the top two debuts. Robin Thicke scored his first number one album with Blurred Lines selling 177,000 copies. The Five Finger Death Punch didn’t do to shabby themselves, debuting at number two with 112,000 copies of The Wrong Side of Heaven and Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1. Tech N9ne landed at number four with Something Else, which sold 58,000 copies, while Backstreet Boys bowed ad number five with 48,000. Emblem3 made a splash at number seven with 46,000 copies of Nothing to Lose moved.
All About Civil Wars
The Civil Wars self-titled album tops the Billboard Albums Chart this week with 116,000 copies, more than prognosticated. The duo haven’t promoted the effort given their creative differences (they’ve been on a ‘break’), but that didn’t keep them from a respectable debut. Joining them in the top ten is Now 47 at number two with 82,000 copies, Asking Alexandria’s From Death to Destiny at number six with 38,000 copies, and contemporary gospel artist Tye Tribbett’s Greater Than at number nine with 30,000 copies. Overall, it was a slow week for sales, with only The Civil Wars moving greater than 100,000 copies. Last week’s number one, Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke), falls to number three, but still sells a solid 65,000 copies.
There are several notable songs this summer, but spending a tenth week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 is pretty incredible. That is exactly what Robin Thicke did with the ubiquitous smash “Blurred Lines”. Miley can’t seem to twerk her way to the top spot because she’s got a juggernaut ahead of her! Sigh, LOL.
Who’s Got Next?
This week wasn’t incredibly packed with fresh blood as far as album releases. Among new releases from Tuesday August 6, 2013 that can be expected to chart are Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party and K. Michelle’s Rebellious Soul. Other releases include Valerie June’s Pushin’ Against A Stone, Washed Out’s Paracosm and Parachute’s Overnight. Look for Luke Bryan to continue to profit from his drunken frat-tastic country. Otherwise, not a truly exciting week.
- Chart Moves, August 7, 2013: Robin Thicke Tops (brentmusicreviews.com)
- On The Charts: The Civil Wars’ Rough Time Equals Billboard Chart Success (news.radio.com)
Chart Rewind, May 8, 2013
Last week, Kenny Chesney topped the charts with Life on a Rock, which sold 153,000 copies. A couple of notable new efforts missed the top ten including LL Cool J (Authentic) which debuted at no. 23, and Jessica Sanchez (Me, You & the Music) at no. 26.
Lady Antebellum Golden with Third Consecutive no. 1
As predicted, Lady Antebellum find themselves in familiar territory – sitting atop the Billboard Album Charts. 2013′s Golden marks the contemporary country trio’s third consecutive no. 1 album. Golden debuts with 167,000 copies, the smallest total of Lady A’s no. 1s. Previously, the totals were heftier at 480,000 and 347,000 copies sold respectively for über smash Need You Now and Own the Night. There are several reasons why Golden failed to make a bigger splash. The first may be the most feasible; albums just aren’t selling the way that they once did. The second might also play a role: Lady Antebellum have been making a living off of the same formula without a notable shakeup. My thoughts? It’s a mix of both.
Gatsby Gets It Done at no. 2
The Great Gatsby has drawn mixed reviews as another film adaptation of the classic book materializes via Baz Luhrmann. The soundtrack, however, generated enough buzz to debut capably at no. 2 with 137,000 copies. There’s nothing mixed about those numbers for a soundtrack that features Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Emeli Sandé, and Jack White among others.
Other Notable Top Ten Debuts
Now That’s What I Call Music 46 bows at no. 3 with 91,000 copies sold. While the franchise continues to be popular, the Now series has definitely seen better days as far as sales. But 91,000 is definitely no deal breaker. Miranda Lambert and her crew (Pistol Annies) Annie Up at no. 5 with an impressive 83,000 copies sold. That’s nearly double what the trio’s debut sold. Rod Stewart had better sales with his so-so holiday album. His new album of originals, Time, bows at no. 7 with 52,000 copies sold. Not bad nor great, Rod has had bigger triumphs.
Who’s Got Next?
Debuts arrive courtesy of Vampire Weekend (Modern Vampires of the City), Demi Lovato (Demi), Eve (Lip Lock), George Strait (Love is Everything), and Trace Adkins (Love Will…). Vampire Weekend‘s 2010 effort Contra put up a savvy 124,000 copies for a no. 1 debut, so you can’t bet against the ‘Vampires’. Modern Vampires of the City is the most anticipated upon this list. Eve’s comeback album is too understated (promotionally). According to billboard.com, Vampire Weekend is set to bow atop the charts next week. Demi Lovato and George Strait should be fighting for no. 2.
- Lady Antebellum Tops Sales Chart With âGoldenâ (allaccess.com)
- Vampire Weekend Aiming for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart (billboard.com)
According to billboard.com (and my best guess via my former post found here), Michael Bublé should easily debut atop the Billboard Albums chart next week. Fantasia should find herself in a familiar spot, no. 2. Honestly, if Side Effects of You makes it to no. 2, it is a much better than expected showing from my perspective.
Justin Timberlake Is the ‘Justin’ To Beat As of Late
Who the man? JT the man! Justin Timberlake spends his third consecutive week at no. 1 with The 20/20 Experience selling another 139,000
copies. Add up the numbers, and ole boy has sold more than 1.4 million copies in 3 weeks! Believe it or not, there used to be a time that 139,000 copies wouldn’t be good enough for a no. 1 album. But in the music business as far as album sales, “these are the times that try men’s souls”. Well, maybe it’s not that deep, but Timberlake was more ‘opposed’ for no. 1 than expected as The Band Perry‘s Pioneer exceeded expectations with 129,000 copies sold. Prognosticated at no. 2 with about 110,000, Kimberley, Neil and Reid gave ‘Sexy’ a run for his money… Tyler, The Creator also had a solid week, with Wolf bowing at a new career high no. 3 with 89,000 copies sold. In comparison, 2011′s Goblin bowed at no. 5 with only 45,000 copies sold. New Kids on the Block bow at no. 6 with 10, which sells 51,000 copies. Compared to previous comeback effort The Block, sells are nearly -50%. Killswitch Engage starts at no. 7 with 48,000 copies of their latest Disarm the Descent. All-in-all, it was an active week on the Billboard 200. For more details, check out Billboard’s article, Justin Timberlake Earns Third Week at No. 1, Band Perry Debuts at No. 2.