Sting is runner-up among artists who have had the most #2 albums without ever reaching #1. As a solo artist, he has had three #2 albums: The Dream Of The Blue Turtles, The Soul Cages and Ten Summoner’s Tales. (He did land a #1 album with The Police.)
The Fine Print: Kidz Bop Kids has amassed five #2 albums without a #1, but that’s a franchise rather than an identifiable artist with a consistent line-up of members.
Paisley has of course has had better luck on Top Country Albums. Wheelhouse becomes his seventh #1 on that chart, displacing The Band Perry’s Pioneer.
Paramore is the first eponymous album to reach #1 since Evanescence’s Evanescence in October 2011.
Paramore sold 63K digital copies this week (out of 106K total), which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. Brand New Eyes also hit #1 on the digital chart, with first-week digital sales of 73K.
Country artists account for four of the top six spots on The Billboard 200, a reflection of the high ratings for the recent Academy Of Country Music Awards show. Eric Church’s first live album, Caught In The Act: Live, debuts at #5. It’s Church’s second top five album. Chief hit #1 in August 2011. (Styx had a double-disk live album titled Caught In The Act—Live in 1984.)
Volbeat’s fifth studio album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, debuts at #9. It’s by far the highest-charting album by the Danish metal band, whose only previous chart album, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, reached #161 in 2010.
Stone Sour’s fifth studio album, House Of Gold & Bones Pt. 2, debuts at #10. House Of Gold & Bones Pt. 1 reached #7 in 2012. It’s one of two sequels in this week’s top 10. Lil Wayne’s I Am Not A Human Being II drops from #5 to #8.
Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Paramore’s Paramore debuts at #1 (106K). It’s the band’s second top 10 album…Brad Paisley’s Wheelhouse debuts at #2 (100K). It’s his eighth top 10 album…Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience drops from #1 to #3 in its fourth week (98K). It has been in the top five the entire time… Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story… holds at #4 for the second week in its third week (61K). It has ranked in the top five the entire time…Eric Church’s Caught In The Act: Live debuts at #5 (61K). It’s his second top 10 album.
The Second Five: The Band Perry’s Pioneer drops from #2 to #6 in its second week (56K)…Tyga’s Hotel California debuts at #7 (54K). It’s his second top 10 album… Lil Wayne’s I Am Not A Human Being II drops from #5 to #8 in its third week (42K)…Volbeat’s Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies debuts at #9 (39K). It’s the band’s first top 10 album… Stone Sour’s House Of Gold & Bones Pt. 2 debuts at #10 (35K). It’s the band’s fourth top 10 album.
Six albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Tyler, The Creator’s Wolf drops from #3 to #22. New Kids On The Block’s 10 plummets from #6 to #53. Killswitch Engage’s Disarm The Descent drops from #7 to #36. Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions drops from #8 to #17. P!nk’s The Truth About Love drops from #9 to #14. Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox drops from #10 to #12.
Pitch Perfect drops from #30 to #34 in its 25th week. It’s the highest-ranking soundtrack to a theatrically-released movie for the 15th week. Cast member Rebel Wilson hosted the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday. Pitch Perfect has sold 517K digital copies, which makes it the second best-selling soundtrack in digital history. Twilight is the leader among soundtracks, with digital sales of 727K. Will Pitch Perfect top Twilight in the digital realm before the year is out? Stay tuned.
Dawes’ Stories Don’t End debuts at #35. Dubstep pioneer James Blake’s Overgrown debuts at #37.
Sound City—Real To Reel returns to #1 on Top Music Videos. This is its third week on top. It has sold 24K copies over the course of its six-week run.
42, the Jackie Robinson story, was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
Coming Attractions: Fall Out Boy’s Save Rock And Roll and Kid Cudi’s Indicud will vie for #1 next week. Both albums will sell in the range of 145K copies. Andy Mineo's Heroes For Sale and Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Mosquito will probably debut right around #7 and #8, each with first-week sales in the 30K range. Also due: Olly Murs’ Right Place, Right Time (about 14K), Iron & Wine’s Ghost On Ghost, Sarah Brightman’s Dreamchaser, The Flaming Lips’ The Terror, Steve Earle & the Dukes’ Low Highway and Snoop Lion’s Reincarnated.
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