You may recall that two weeks ago, Madonna's MDNA kept Tuskegee to a #2 debut. Madonna's tally was boosted by a much-debated album/concert ticket bundle, which added an estimated 185K copies to her tally. Without those copies, the race for #1 two weeks ago would have been much closer. (In fairness to Madonna, some of her fans probably would have bought the album if they hadn't been getting it as part of the bundle, so she would probably still have debuted at #1.) In any event, I'm glad the dust-up didn't keep Tuskegee from reaching the top spot. (Meanwhile, MDNA drops from #8 to #18 in its third week. More on that in a minute.)
Tuskegee is fourth "duets" album to reach #1, following Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company, Reba McEntire's Reba: Duets and Tony Bennett's Duets II.
In addition, Tuskegee regains the #1 spot on Top Country Albums, displacing Rascal Flatts' Changed. (The trio is featured on "Dancing On The Ceiling" on Tuskegee.)
Richie released six studio albums between Dancing On The Ceiling and Tuskegee. Only one, 2006's Coming Home, reached the top 10. Several didn't even come close. Time stalled at #152 in 1998. But Richie kept it together in the lean years. He looks years younger than his age (62). His resurgence proves that if artists hang in there, success can come around again.
MDNA spent just two weeks in the top 10. That puts it in a three-way tie for the briefest run in the top 10 of any studio album in Madonna's three-decade career. 1994's Bedtime Stories and 2003's American Life also spent a mere two weeks in the top 10. (Bedtime Stories redeemed itself when it later spawned Madonna's longest-running #1 hit, "Take A Bow.")
I was struck by the mean-spirited tone of some of the media accounts of Madonna's disappointing second week sales. Media people can be nasty, especially when they smell blood. As I've said before, artists had better have a thick skin. They have to take a lot of crap.
21 sold 92K copies last week, which constitutes its lowest weekly total since August. This is only the second time since the week ending Sept. 4 that 21 has sold fewer than 100K copies in a week. The album's fourth single, "Rumour Has It," is streaking toward the top 10, which should help to stabilize the album.
One Direction's Up All Night holds at #5 its fifth week. The boy band is the second group assembled by Simon Cowell to enter The Billboard 200 at #1. It follows Il Divo, which debuted in the top spot in January 2006 with Ancora.
Monica first cracked The Billboard 200 in August 1995 (at age 14) with Miss Thang, which peaked at #36. New Life is her fifth consecutive top 10 album.
Raitt's career changed literally overnight at the 32nd annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 21, 1990. She performed on the show and won four awards, including Album of the Year for Nick Of Time (in a major upset over the likes of Tom Petty and Don Henley). Suddenly, an artist that people liked in a casual way became an artist that people really felt connected to. The album, which hadn't cracked the top 20 prior to Grammy night, shot to #1 in April 1990. It was the first dramatic example of the Grammys' impact on sales.
Slipstream is Raitt's first top 10 album since 1994's Longing In Their Hearts. Raitt's three subsequent studio albums peaked in the teens on the chart.
Hoodie Allen's All American EP debuts at #10. It's the first top 10 album or EP for the Jewish rapper (real name: Steven Markowitz). Allen's cleverly titled 2009 EP, Bagels And Beats, has sold just 2K copies. Incidentally, this is the first time that an album or EP with the phrase "All American" in its title has made the top 10. Rick Derringer's 1973 album All American Boy hit #25. Hinder's 2010 album All American Nightmare reached #37.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
1. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee, 129,000. The album jumps from #4 to #1 in its third week. It's Richie's third #1 album. The tally includes 42K digital copies, which puts Tuskegee at #1 on Top Digital Albums.
2. Adele, 21, 92,000. The former #1 album holds at #2 for the second week. This is its 60th week in the top 10. Four songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Rumour Has It," which jumps from #31 to #23.
3. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, 81,000. The former #1 album drops to #3 in its second week. Five songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Starships," which dips from #5 to #6.
4. Monica, New Life, 69,000. This new entry is Monica's fifth top 10 album.
5. One Direction, Up All Night, 66,000. The former #1 album holds at #5 its fifth week. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Five songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "What Makes You Beautiful," which jumps from #4 to #3.
6. Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream, 64,000. This new entry is Raitt's fourth top 10 album.
7. Gotye, Making Mirrors, 54,000. The album jumps from #15 to #7 (its highest ranking to date) in its 14th week, following Gotye's performance on Saturday Night Live. This is its second week in the top 10. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Somebody That I Used To Know" (featuring Kimbra) jumps from #2 to #1. "Eyes Wide Open" bows at #181.
8. Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls, 43,000. The album jumps from #16 to #8 in its second week, thanks to the belated release of the CD. (People in Alabama should be pleased this week, between this album and Tuskegee.)
9. Rascal Flatts, Changed, 41,000. The album drops from #3 to #9 in its second week. "Banjo" jumps from #65 to #61 on Hot Digital Songs.
10. Hoodie Allen, All American, 27,000. This new entry is the first top 10 album or EP for the Jewish rapper.
Four other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Of Monsters & Men's My Head Is An Animal drops from #6 to #12, Madonna's MDNA drops from #8 to #18, Marvin Sapp's I Win drops from #9 to #23, and Shinedown's Amaryllis drops from #10 to #19.
Adele's 2008 album 19 drops from #17 to #26 in its 130th week on the chart. The album logs its 36th week at #1 on Top Catalog Albums.
Adele's Live At The Royal Albert Hall is #1 on Top Music Videos for the 20th straight week. It's just two weeks away from tying Whitney Houston's The #1 Video Hits from 1986 for the longest run at #1 by a female artist in the chart's 27-year history. Adele's DVD sold 11K copies this week, bringing its total to 805K.
- Lionel Richie
- Bonnie Raitt