Beyoncé Makes It A “3-Peat”


This one is short and sweet… but informative.

61fcHm45rQL._SL500_AA280_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 SoundtrackKaty 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…

Katy Perry’s Prism Debuts At No. 1


Katy Perry earns her second consecutive no. 1 album with PRISM, which sold an impressive 286,000 copies.  Just how much swag does my girl Ms. Perry have? A lot as Teenage Dream sold 192,000 copies when it bowed at the penthouse back in 2010.  Katy PErry3-20131017-104After Perry’s big week, things suck… badly.  Fifth Harmony’s EP Better Together moves 28,000 copies, good for a no. 6 bow.  DJ Khaled’s Suffering From Success is an ironic title given a rather tepid showing of 27,000 copies at no. 7.  AFI lands at no. 9 with 25,000 copies of Burials.  Let me just say the promotion was not that hot for the set, and the numbers definitely reflect that.  There’s more to it than that, but promotion plays a key role.  Everyone else had already debuted this week.  Pearl Jam (no. 2), Drake (no. 3), Miley Cyrus (no. 4), Lorde (no. 5), Justin Timberlake (ascends to no. 8), and Luke Bryan (ascends to no. 10).

In case you were wondering, Lorde continues to dominate the Billboard Hot 100 with a little song called “Royals” – just thought you should know!

51wzw69ySAL._SL500_AA280_Whose Got Next you ask? How about some anticipated releases from Arcade Fire (Reflektor) and Kelly Clarkson (Wrapped in Red). Wrapped in Red is Clarkson’s first holiday affair.  Also released this week was Susan Boyle’s second holiday album (Home for Christmas).  Robert Glaspar Experiment returns with Black Radio 2, a follow-up to the Grammy-Winning Black Radio (Best R&B Album) while Linkin Park release a remixed compilation, Recharged. Arcade Fire’s previous album The Suburbs (2010) debuted at no. 1 with 156,000 copies sold.  Can Reflektor do the same?


Chart Moves, September 11, 2013: Ariana Grande Tops


Chart Rewind (Highlights), September 04, 2013

51yRS7ThmxL._SL500_AA280_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 MillerBig 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-GFR-020808Ariana 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.

41o5xUIKO+L._SL500_AA280_John Legend lands at no. 4 with with Love in the FutureLove 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  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?

51gNJ-wAuTL._SL500_AA280_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.