Now 50 Tops Billboard 200 Albums Chart

61WxNLXs-FL._SL500_AA280_ Now 50 is the only album to sell >100K 

Hunter Hayes-AES-131202Now 50 (Now That’s What I Call Music) unseats the Frozen Soundtrack from the top spot on the Billboard 200. Now 50 sold a respectable 153,000 copies, easily outdoing the 99,000 copies that Frozen moved.   Following Now 50 and Frozen, the numbers are generally so-so. The best of numerous debuts arrives from country-pop singer Hunter Hayes. HunterHayes settled for the no. 3 spot with latest album Storyline, which sold 69,000.   While 69,000 copies isn’t bad and is great for Hayes, it makes you question the commercial ceiling of Storyline.

Albums Sales are Ugly…

Sarah McLachlan didn’t exactly sweep away the competition as Shine On landed at no. 4 with a modest 42,000 copies. Tech N9ne achieves yet another top five effort as collaborations effort Strangeulation arrives at no. 5 with 36,000 copies sold. Down the road from Tech, Atmosphere’s latest underground rap effort Southsiders lands at no. 8 with 23,000 copies sold. Santana’s numbers are plain sad, as Corazon sold only 22,000 copies, good enough debut at no. 9.   Folks, albums aren’t selling worth shh!


Chart Life Next Week…

Next week should definitely yield bigger numbers. Albums from Michael Jackson (Xscape) and The Black Keys (Turn Blue) seem to have the best chance to move the most copies. Don’t count out Rascal FlattsRewind, though the country trio has waned some in popularity over the past couple of years.

A ‘Legend’ at No. 1

On the Billboard Hot 100, John Legend sits pretty at no. 1 with “All Of Me”.

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