Sales of Michael Buble's Christmas plummeted by 96% the week after Christmas, but it was in its 10th week at that point. And the drop was inevitable. Once Christmas is over, it's over. Gaga's first week was inflated by an infamous 99-cent promotion. And Miller isn't exactly an icon and an international superstar.
So what's the story with Madonna?
Madonna's opening-week sales tally included about 185K copies that were bundled with the purchase of tickets to her upcoming tour. It's impossible to know how many of those fans would have bought the album if it hadn't been bundled with the concert ticket. Some would have, to be sure. But others wanted to see the show and didn't much care about the new album. It's the same story with many other veteran artists, from the Rolling Stones to Barry Manilow.
Part of the problem is that Madonna's "Give Me All Your Lovin'" has been only a medium-sized hit. It spent just one week in the top 10. By contrast, "4 Minutes," the first single from Madonna's last studio album, Hard Candy, logged 11 weeks in the top 10. Madonna could really use a hit song all her own. Her last two top 10 hits were collabos with artists who were hotter at the time than she was: Justin Timberlake on "4 Minutes" and Nicki Minaj on "Give Me All Your Luvin'" (which also features M.I.A.) Madonna's last top 10 hit (or top 40 hit, for that matter) that wasn't a collabo was 2005's "Hung Up." That's not an eternity, but it's a long time.
Minaj's album sold 92K digital copies, which constitutes a record for a female hip-hop artist. It's #1 on Top Digital Albums.
The album also debuts at #1 in the U.K. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is the first album by a female hip-hop artist to reach #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K.
For all that, first-week sales for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded were a little disappointing.
What's the deal? Pink Friday was released just before "Black Friday" (the day after Thanksgiving), when fans are out in force shopping for Christmas presents. Also, it was released the same week as Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (which sold 496K that week). West's release probably boosted traffic for hip-hop fans.
Even so, it seems to me that Minaj should have sold more this week, especially since the album's first single, "Starships," is heading into its eighth week in the top 10 on the Hot100. It's possible that the title led some fans to think that this was merely an expanded edition of Pink Friday, rather than a new release. But hip-hop fans are plugged-in, so that seems like a weak explanation. It's hard to figure.
Adele's 21 rebounds to #2 in its 59th week on The Billboard 200. This album has now shared top 10 space with two Nicki Minaj albums. Pink Friday was still in the top 10 (at #9) when 21 debuted at #1 in February 2011. Look for 21 to return to #1 next week. It would be the album's 24th week on top.link.
Rascal Flatts has sold 21,714,000 albums, a total topped by only two country groups or duos in Nielsen SoundScan history. Dixie Chicks have sold 27,008,000 albums. Brooks & Dunn has sold 23,459,000. Alabama is in fourth place, with sales of 19,088,000. But there's something you need to keep in mind. Alabama debuted in 1980, while all of these other acts debuted since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales for Billboard in 1991. If Nielsen SoundScan's tracking went back to 1980, I have no doubt that Alabama would be the best-selling country group or duo. Alabama sold truckloads of albums in the 1980s.
Movie soundtracks are having a good year, after years of being upstaged by TV soundtracks. In 13 of the 14 weeks of 2012, a soundtrack to a theatrically-released movie has ranked #1 on Top Soundtracks (imagine that!). The only time a TV soundtrack took the lead was in the week ending Feb. 5, when The Fresh Beat Band: Music From The Hit TV Show came out on top.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
1. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, 253,000. This new entry is Minaj's second top 10 (and second #1) album. Twelve songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Starships," which dips from #4 to #5.
2. Adele, 21, 153,000. The former #1 album rebounds from #3 to #2. This is its 59th week in the top 10. Five songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Set Fire To The Rain," which drops from #20 to #26.
3. Rascal Flatts, Changed, 130,000. This new entry is the country trio's eighth top 10 album. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Banjo," which jumps from #85 to #65.
4. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee, 95,000. The album drops from #2 to #4 in its second week. A TV special based on the album airs Friday, which should keep the album in the top five next week.
5. One Direction, Up All Night, 92,000. The former #1 album rebounds from #6 to #5 its fourth week. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "What Makes You Beautiful," which jumps from #5 to #4.
6. Of Monsters & Men, My Head is an Animal, 55,000. This new entry is the Icelandic band's debut album. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Little Talks" jumps from #123 to #115. "Mountain Sound" debuts at #144.
7. Various Artists, The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond, soundtrack, 50,000. The former #1 album drops from #5 to #7 in its third week. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. Taylor Swift's "Eyes Open" drops from #13 to #20. "Safe & Sound" by Swift featuring The Civil Wars drops from #18 to #33.
8. Madonna, MDNA, 48,000. The former #1 album dives to #8 in its second week. "Give Me All Your Luvin" (featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.) drops from #83 to #162.
9. Marvin Sapp, I Win, 44,000. This new entry is the gospel star's second top 10 album. Here I Am hit #2 in March 2010.
10. Shinedown, Amaryllis, 36,000. The album drops from #4 to #10 in its second week. Sales to date: 142K.
Four albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Katy Perry's Teenage Dream drops from #7 to #26, The Used's Vulnerable plummets from #8 to #57, Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball drops from #9 to #19 and Now 41 drops from #10 to #14.
Adele's 2008 album 19 jumps from #20 to #17 in its 129th week on the chart. The album returns to the #1 spot on Top Catalog Albums. This is its 35th week on top. If two talented but troubled singers hadn't died tragically, 19 would have spent an additional 11 weeks at #1 on the catalog chart. 19 yielded the top spot to Amy Winehouse's Back In Black for four weeks and to Whitney Houston's Whitney: The Greatest Hits for seven.
Adele's Live At The Royal Albert Hall is #1 on Top Music Videos for the 19th straight week. That's the longest continuous run since Backstreet Boys' Backstreet Boys held the top spot for its first 19 weeks in 1999. Adele's DVD sold 16K copies this week, bringing its total to 793K.
- Nielsen SoundScan
- Nielsen SoundScan
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