Chris Brown began 2009 as one of the hottest stars in pop and R&B. Both of his first two albums had made the top five and he had piled up an impressive string of seven top 10 hits on the Hot 100, including such massive hits as "Kiss Kiss" (featuring T-Pain), "No Air" (with Jordin Sparks) and "Forever." (And that tally doesn't even count top 10 hits by Bow Wow and Lil Mama on which he was merely "featured.")Rihanna. This week, Brown's first album since the incident arrives on The Billboard 200. Graffiti debuts at #7 with first-week sales of 102,000. That's about one-third of what Brown's previous album, Exclusive, sold (294,000) when it debuted at #4 in November 2007. It's even below the first-week sales of Brown's debut album, Chris Brown, which started (at #2) with 154,000 in December 2005.
Brown was probably hurt more than some other artists would have been because his actions were inconsistent with his nice-guy image. Brown clearly has his work cut out for him to win back the trust and affection of his fans (and Rihanna's).
Three songs from Graffiti are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "I Can Transform Ya" (featuring Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz) jumps from #47 to #18, "Crawl" dips from #39 to #41 and "What I Do" (featuring Plies) debuts at #50.
50 Cent's Get Rich Or Die Tryin' in February 2003.
In just three weeks, I Dreamed A Dream has become the fourth best-selling album so far in 2009, behind only Taylor Swift's Fearless, Michael Jackson's Number Ones and Lady Gaga's The Fame Since all three of those albums are holdovers from past years, I Dreamed A Dream is now the best-seller released in 2009. And with three chart weeks to go, there is a reasonably good chance that I Dreamed will wind up as the #1 seller of 2009.
The album also holds at #1 in the U.K. for the third straight week.
(I have more on Boyle and Bocelli in a Chart Watch Extra recapping the best-sellers of 2009, which will also be posted today.)
Shania Twain's The Woman In Me for the second longest run at #1 by a female solo artist in the chart's 45-year history. Only one album by a female solo artist has had a longer run on top: Twain's Come On Over, which led the list for 50 weeks. The last album by any artist to log 29 or more weeks on top was the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which had 35 weeks in the lead in 2001-02.
Five of this week's top 20 albums owe a huge debt to TV shows. There are two albums from Fox's Glee, plus albums by Susan Boyle, who rose to global fame on Britain's Got Talent; Carrie Underwood, who won Season 4 of Fox's American Idol; and Miley Cyrus, who rose to fame on the Disney Channel's Hannah Montana. Given her youth and beauty, I think Underwood would have found her way to stardom with or without Idol. I wouldn't say the same for Boyle without her exposure on the show's British counterpart, which was an ideal showcase for her compelling back-story.
Bad Romance" tops Hot Digital Songs for the fourth straight week. This ties Gaga's first hit, "Just Dance" (featuring Colby O'Donis), which spent four weeks on top in December 2008 and January 2009. "Bad Romance" sold 183,000 downloads this week, bringing its seven-week total to 1,179,000. It's Gaga's fourth song of the year to top the 1 million sales mark.
Song Scorecard: Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" also tops the 1 million mark in paid downloads this week. It's the country trio's first song to reach this plateau. "I Run To You," which was named Single of the Year at the recent Country Music Assn. Awards, has sold 906,000 digital copies.
Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" jumps to #3 on the Hot Digital Songs year-to-date chart. "Boom Boom Pow" is #1. No other act has dominated the year-end digital chart to this degree. Timbaland had two of the top five digital tracks of 2007. "Apologize" (featuring OneRepublic) was #4 for the year. "The Way I Are" was #5.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.Susan Boyle, I Dreamed A Dream, 582,000. The album is the first by a female artist to spend its first three weeks at #1 since Norah Jones' Feels Like Home spent its first six weeks on top in 2004. "I Dreamed A Dream" drops from #82 to #188 on Hot Digital Songs. Andrea Bocelli, My Christmas, 400,000. The album logs its fifth straight week at #2. A Bocelli concert special, featuring producer David Foster, has aired repeatedly on PBS. "What Child Is This" drops from #63 to #135 on Hot Digital Songs. Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You," which debuts at #23. Taylor Swift, Fearless, 168,000. The former #1 album dips from #3 to #4 in its 57th week. This is the album's 48th week in the top 10. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "You Belong With Me," which drops from #36 to #44. Carrie Underwood, Play On, 107,000. The former #1 album inches up from #6 to #5 in its sixth week. Underwood starred in a Christmas special that aired on Fox last week. "Cowboy Casanova" drops from #28 to #36 on Hot Digital Songs. Lady Gaga, The Fame, 103,000. The album dips from #5 to #6 in its 59th week. This is its 25th week in the top 10. Six songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Bad Romance," which holds at #1. Chris Brown, Graffiti, 102,000. This new entry is Brown's third straight top 10 album, but it sold about one-third of what Exclusive sold in its first week. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "I Can Transform Ya" (featuring Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz), which vaults from #47 to #18. Justin Bieber, My World, 97,000. The EP rebounds from #12 to #8 in its fourth week. This is its second week in the top 10. Three songs from the EP are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "One Time," which drops from #31 to #38. Michael Buble, Crazy Love, 92,000. The former #1 album inches up from #10 to #9 in its 10th week. "Haven't Met You Yet" drops from #54 to #60 on Hot Digital Songs. Gucci Mane, The State vs. Radric Davis, 90,000. This new entry is the rapper's highest-charting album to date. It surpasses Murder Was The Case, which hit #23 in May. Four songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Spotlight" (featuring Usher) which jumps from #56 to #45.
R. Kelly's Untitled plummets from #4 to #40 in its second week. It's R. Kelly's lowest-charting studio album since he launched his solo career in 1993. Three other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Norah Jones' The Fall drops from #7 to #15, Michael Jackson's This Is It drops from #8 to #12 and The Twilight Saga: New Moon drops from #9 to #18. The Jackson album is the #1 on the soundtrack chart for the seventh straight week.
Jimmy Buffett's Buffett Hotel bows at #17. This is Buffett's 10th consecutive regular studio album to reach the top 20. That said, unless it climbs higher, it will become his lowest-charting regular studio album of the Nielsen/SoundScan era. The title of the new album echoes the Doors' 1970 album, Morrison Hotel, which was named after the band's lead singer, Jim Morrison.
Thirty Seconds To Mars' This Is War debuts at #19. This is the rock band's highest-charting album to date, topping 2005's A Beautiful Lie, which peaked at #36. Thirty Seconds To Mars was known as 30 Seconds To Mars on its first two albums. In spelling out the number, the band is following the lead of Matchbox Twenty, which was known as Matchbox 20 on its first album. Two songs from the new album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "This Is War," which debuts at #33.
Snoop Dogg's Malice N Wonderland debuts at #23. Unless this kicks in, it will become Snoop's first regular studio album to fall short of the top 15. The title of the new album marks the second time that Mr. Dogg has come up with an album title that parodied the title of a classic book and movie. He first did it in 1996 with Tha Doggfather. "Gangsta Luv" (featuring The-Dream) jumps from #58 to #49 on Hot Digital Songs.
Timbaland's Shock Value II bows at #36. The sequel is not living up to the original. Timbaland Presents Shock Value debuted at #5 in April 2007. Two songs from the new album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Carry Out" (featuring Justin Timberlake), which vaults from #47 to #18. This is the third time that Timberlake has been featured on a Timbaland single. Timbaland returned the favor by guesting on Timberlake's Grammy-winning, career-changing 2006 smash "SexyBack."
Puddle Of Mudd's Songs In The Key Of Love And Hate Volume 4 bows at #95. The title is of course a parody of Stevie Wonder's 1976 classic Songs In The Key Of Life. The distinctive title of Wonder's masterwork has already been parodied: A 1997 album by characters from the TV show The Simpsons was titled Songs In The Key Of Springfield.
Kris Allen's "Live Like We're Dying" jumps from #38 to #28 in its 12th week on Hot Digital Songs. I'm glad this song is showing signs of becoming a hit. Allen took a lot of crap for beating Adam Lambert, a media sensation and the critics' favorite, on American Idol. And he took it with quiet dignity. Allen has had a wild ride this year: scoring a tremendous victory, experiencing an unfair backlash and now apparently clinching a hard-won hit single.Alicia Keys' The Element Of Freedom will challenge I Dreamed A Dream for the #1 spot next week. Keys' last four albums debuted at #1. Also due: Robin Thicke's Sex Therapy: The Session and country star Phil Vassar's Traveling Circus. (How does Vassar's Traveling Circus differ from Britney Spears' Circus? His travels. Ask a stupid question...)
- Hot Digital Songs