P!nk Earns First No. 1 Album
Christina Aguilera has topped the charts. Britney Spears has done so on each studio album save for Blackout, which bowed at no. 2. P!nk had only come as close as no. 2 with 2008’s Funhouse prior to The Truth About Love exceeding expectations to debut at no. 1 with 280,000, the pop singer’s largest bow EVAH! P!nk always has seemed to be in the shadow of Aguilera and Spears, but seems as of late to have truly solidified her pop crown. Congratulations to one of my favorite pop artists.
Kanye West/G.O.O.D. Music also exceed initial expectations, selling 205,000 copies of Cruel Summer to debut at
no. 2 and no. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart. West has missed the top spot previously, back when 2004’s The College Dropout debuted at no. 2. The rest of his solo albums and his joint album with Jay-Z have topped the charts.
The Killers settles for no. 3 with Battle Born; Carly Rae Jepsen doesn’t quite capitalize on “Call Me Maybe” with Kiss debuting at no. 6 with 46,000… Ouch.
Psy’s “Gangnam Style” Rises, But Maroon 5 Sits Pretty
Sometimes I just want to curse when a ‘phenomenon’ breaks out, but I’ll refrain from doing so. Maroon 5 remains at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 but could be in jeopardy with Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” rising all the way to no. 2. Anyone remember “The Macarena”? Just sayin’.
Mumford & Sons A Lock For Year’s Largest Debut
Funny I wrote earlier how I expected huge sales from Mumford & Sons‘s Babel this coming week. Sure enough, Mumford & Sons are a lock for no. 1, several times over as Babel will have the year’s largest debut selling in the ball park of 600,000 copies. Why? I’m not sure why the gargantuan ‘attraction’ is for the folk band (no offense), but they may just be the new Coldplay based on those numbers. I wouldn’t be surprised if they exceed 600,000 personally.
And guess what folks, that is only one of many new debuts. Green Day (as I thought), will likely settle for no. 2 with Uno! (there last two efforts both topped the chart). Green Day is looking to move 150,000, down from previous releases. No Doubt looks to bow at no. 3 with 125,000 with their first album in years, Push and Shove. Lupe Fiasco, another former chart topper (Lasers), looks to settle for fourth place with his latest, Food and Liquor II, selling 100,000.
Other releases include deadmau5 <Album title goes here> and Angie Stone, Rich Girl.