Foo Fighters' Wasting Light enters The Billboard 200 at #1, which puts Dave Grohl in elite company. He's one of only 13 musicians to land #1 albums as a member of two different groups or duos. He previously landed four #1 albums with Nirvana.
Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker were the first musicians to top The Billboard 200 as part of two different groups or duos. They were both part of Cream, which hit #1 in August 1968 with Wheels Of Fire, and Blind Faith, which topped the chart in September 1969 with its eponymous album.Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon were the next musicians next to join this list. McCartney had five #1 albums from 1973 to 1977 with Wings. Lennon topped the chart after his death in December 1980 with Double Fantasy, a collaboration with his wife, Yoko Ono. (That's not a formal duo, but close enough.)
Guitarist Neal Schon joined the list in September 1981 when Journey's Escape hit #1. He had been a member of Santana in 1971 when their Santana III topped the chart.
Slash, Michael "Duff" McKagen and Matt Sorum, who had reached #1 with Guns N' Roses, and Scott Weiland, who had topped the chart with Stone Temple Pilots, both returned to #1 in June 2004 with a second band, Velvet Revolver. That group topped the chart with its debut album, Contraband.Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, who had had two #1 albums with Rage Against The Machine, and Chris Cornell, who had had one with Soundgarden, returned to #1 in June 2005 with a second band, Audioslave. That group topped the chart with its sophomore album, Out Of Exile.
Kurt Cobain's self-inflicted gunshot spelled the end of Nirvana).
The Foos' new album sold 235K copies in its first week, which marks an improvement over the group's last album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, which started with sales of 169K in September 2007. This is the biggest first-week total for a rock group since Linkin Park's A Thousand Suns started with sales of 241K in September.
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Foo Fighters are favorites with Grammy voters. The group has won the award for Best Rock Album three times, more than any other act in the category's 17-year history. Will they do it again with this album? Stay tuned.
Adele's 21 dips to #2 after a total of four weeks on top. (But it will probably move back to #1 next week.) The album also dips to #2 in the U.K. after 11 straight weeks at #1. That was the longest continuous run at #1 in the U.K. since Bob Marley & the Wailers' Legend topped the chart for 12 straight weeks in the summer of 1984.
Paper Airplane enters Top Country Albums at #1. It's Krauss' first #1 country album. She and Union Station peaked at #2 on the country chart with their 1995 compilation Now That I've Found You: A Collection. Krauss also reached #2 country with Raising Sand.
So Beautiful Or So What is Simon's sixth top 10 album. Simon has now had as many top 10 albums on his own as he did with Simon & Garfunkel. That legendary duo first cracked the top 10 on The Billboard 200 with 1966's Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme. They scored for the sixth and last time with 1981's double-disk The Concert In Central Park.Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand and the Rolling Stones. Later this week, I'll count down the 15 acts that have had top five albums spanning 40 or more years. I'll even tell you who just missed making the list. Check it out, probably tomorrow. Taylor Swift's eponymous debut album tops the 5 million mark in U.S. sales this week. It's her second album to reach that sales level. Who is the only other female country solo artist to top the 5 million mark in U.S. sales with two or more albums? Answer below the top 10 list.
Rihanna's "S&M" is expected to topple "E.T." by Katy Perry featuring Kanye West from the #1 spot when the Hot 100 is released later today. Lady Gaga's "Judas" will also debut, but probably not as high as you may have thought. Check back later today when we post Chart Watch: Songs.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
Foo Fighters, Wasting Light, 235,000. This new entry is the Foos' sixth top 10 album. It's the 11th top 10 album of Dave Grohl's career. The album sold nearly 103K digital copies. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Rope" jumps from #142 to #96. "Walk" debuts at #126. Adele, 21, 93,000. The former #1 album dips to #2 after a total of four weeks on top. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Rolling In The Deep" jumps from #8 to #5. "Someone Like You" jumps from #104 to #100. Alison Krauss & Union Station, Paper Airplane, 83,000. This new entry is the group's second top 10 album, following a 2007 compilation, A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection. In addition, Krauss reached #2 in 2007 with Raising Sand, a collabo with Robert Plant. Paul Simon, So Beautiful Or So What, 68,000. This new entry is Simon's 12th top 10 album (counting six with Simon & Garfunkel). Mana, Drama y Luz, 47,000. This new entry is the Latin rock group's second studio album in a row to debut in the top five. Amar Es Combatir opened at #4 in August 2006. Britney Spears, Femme Fatale, 43,000. The former #1 album drops from #2 to #6 in its third week. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Till The World Ends" drops from #5 to #10. "Hold It Against Me" drops from #70 to #86. Wiz Khalifa, Rolling Papers, 37,000. The album drops from #5 to #8 in its third week. Four songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Roll Up," which holds at #19. Chris Brown, F.A.M.E., 35,000. The former #1 album drops from #6 to #9 in its fourth week. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Look At Me Now" (featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes), which drops from #6 to #8. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More, 35,000. The album dips from #8 to #10 in its 56th week. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "The Cave" holds at #57. "Little Lion Man" drops from #65 to #67.
Four albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Radiohead's King Of Limbs dives from #3 to #23, Hollywood Undead's American Tragedy drops from #4 to #16, Asking Alexandria's Reckless & Relentless plummets from #9 to #48 and Kirk Franklin's Hello Fear drops from #10 to #14.
Jessie J's Who You Are debuts at #11. This is the U.K. sensation's debut album. "Price Tag" (featuring B.o.B) leaps from #27 to #16 on Hot Digital Songs... TV on the Radio's fifth studio album, Nine Types Of Light, bows at #12. Atmosphere's The Family Sign bows at #13. This is the second top 20 album for both of these groups.
Adele's 2008 album 19 jumps from #49 to #42. It's #1 on the Catalog Albums chart for the eighth time in the past nine weeks.Shania Twain is the only other female country solo artist (besides Taylor Swift) to top the 5 million mark in U.S. sales with two or more albums. Twain hit the mark with three albums: Come On Over (15,502,000), The Woman In Me (7,654,000) and Up! (5,403,000). Swift has scored with Fearless (6,287,000) and now Taylor Swift (5,000,000). Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and LeAnn Rimes have each topped the 5 million mark with one album.
Swift, who was eight when Come On Over exploded, has always been a big fan of Twain's. Here's an excerpt from Swift's blog from November 2008, shortly after the Country Music Assn. Awards. "But the real moment that brought on this wave of gratitude was when Shania Twain HERSELF walked up and introduced herself to me. Shania Twain, as in.. The reason I wanted to do this in the first place. Shania Twain, as in.. the most impressive and independent and confident and successful female artist to ever hit country music. She walked up to me and said she wanted to meet me and tell me I was doing a great job...All the while, I was completely star struck. After she walked away, I realized I didn't have my camera. Then I cried."
Rio was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
A 25th Anniversary concert rendition of Les Miserables returns to #1 on Top Music Videos.Gorillaz's The Fall.
- Dave Grohl