Who's Number One:
Coldplay overcame the fact that even their own fans can't properly pronounce Mylo Xyloto
as the band's fifth album marched straight to Number One on the Billboard 200
sold 447,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, good for the third highest debut of 2011 after Lady Gaga's asterisk-earning Born This Way
and Lil Wayne's near-platinum Tha Carter IV
gave Coldplay their third Number One album, but don't start popping champagne just yet: MX
's 447,000 copies were way less than what X&Y
(737,000) and Viva la Vida
(721,000) moved in their first weeks.Who's Bummed:
Adele and her titanic 21
. The singer's album has spent 36 weeks on the charts, bouncing around the top three spots, but only once, during the week of August 27th, has it fallen to Number Four. Yet, following a big week of debuts, 21
is back in fourth place, even though the LP's sales stayed strong with another 107,000 copies sold. That's a one percent improvement over last week's totals, which were good enough for to capture Number One in a week without any major debuts. That wasn't the case this time...
Debuts: A rookie class dominated this year's Top 10, led by Coldplay and Kelly Clarkson, whose Stronger finished at Number Two and 163,000 copies sold. Again, the music-buying public has shrunk in recent years, so it's not a huge deal that Stronger's sales paled in comparison to Kelly's All I Ever Wanted was purchased 255,000 times in its first week in March 2009. Michael Buble and his Christmas collection took Number Three with 141,000 units, and Toby Keith's Clancy's Tavern entered at Number Five with 69,000 copies.
Worth the Waits: Tom Waits enjoyed the best debut of his four-decade career as Bad as Me gave the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer his first Top 10 album ever. Not even Rain Dogs or Mule Variations managed to infiltrate the Top 10. His previous high score was when 2004's Real Gone dropped in at Number 24, but Bad as Me managed to coax out a Number Six finish in its first week on shelves by moving 63,000 copies. That also happens to be the most albums Waits has ever sold in a seven-day span.
- Nielsen SoundScan
- Tha Carter IV