Jack Johnson Tops Without A Hitch
Every time there is supposed to be a slugfest for the no. 1 spot, that just fails to happen. Again, after it was prognosticated that no. 1 was a toss up – this time between Jack Johnson and Justin Moore (seemed odd being honest), Jack Johnson did what he does – scores no. 1 albums. From Here To Now To You opened at the penthouse with 117,000 copies. Blah numbers right? His previous album sold more than twice as much as that, moving 243,000 copies its first week. As for the bridesmaid Justin Moore, he debuted at no. 2 with Off The Beaten Path to respectable numbers (97,000 copies). Hey, when you have never come near six figures, you’re doint something when you just miss by a smidgen, right?
Besides Moore, country shined this week on the Billboard albums chart. Chris Young can probably thank single “Aw Naw” for the no. 3 bow of A.M. With 54,000 copies. Sure that makes for a low ceiling, but when you’re not exactly a household country name, those are some solid numbers. Maybach Music Group (MMG) finds themselves in a familiar spot at no. 4 as Self Made 3 sells 50,000 copies. That’s healthy for a compilation, but just not a MMG one necessarily. The fine Self Made 2 sold 98,000 copies, nearly twice as many as this less heralded one. Avicii did well to land at no. 5 with 50,000 copies of debut TRUE sold. However, another country brother didn’t get it done; Billy Currington found himself at no. 10 with only 26,000 copies of We Are Tonight sold. Wonder if being charged with terroristic threatening played a role in the cool reception?
Miley, Miley, Miley
Wasn’t it just weeks ago that Robin Thicke was on top the world for like twelve weeks with “Blurred Lines”? Katy Perry knocked him down, but her plan to stay atop the roost didn’t materialize as one Miley Cyrus shut that down with a nude video for actually likable song “Wrecking Ball”. “Wrecking Ball” has already done something that popular first single “We Can’t Stop” or even earlier career single “Party in the U.S.A.” was unable to do – landed at no. 1. I’m not really into Miley’s shock value, but I’ll give credit where it is do. I’m onboard with “Wrecking Ball”… the song. Congrats on another week at no. 1.
Who’s Got Next?
Some of the releases from Tuesday, September 24 should definitely put some numbers on the chart… but you just never know with the way album sales have waned. Drake should definitely make the top truly top heavy with his highly anticipated third album Nothing Was The Same. Then there’s that southern rock band Kings of Leon who are releasing their first album in a couple of years (Mechanical Bull). What about the oldies? Elton John, Sting, and Cher also dropped. What about a newbie like Icona Pop? Hopefully, these albums move units and don’t disappoint. Drake, we’re counting on you!
- Jack Johnson Surfs Back To The Top Of The U.s. Album Chart (contactmusic.com)
- On the Charts: Jack Johnson Goes ‘From Here to Now’ to Number One (rollingstone.com)
- Chart Moves, September 18, 2013: Keith Urban’s Narrow No. 1 (brentmusicreviews.com)
- New Tunes Tues: 5 Songs To Know This Week from Miley Cyrus, Drake & Jay Z and More (okmagazine.com)