Justin Bieber's 17th birthday isn't until March 1, but he's already gotten some amazing presents. His movie, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, has grossed $51,237,000 in its first two weekends; he's on the cover of the current issue of Rolling Stone; and now his hit EP Never Say Never: The Remixes enters The Billboard 200 at #1. It's Bieber's second #1 album, following last year's My World 2.0. Only three other artists in chart history have landed a pair of #1 albums before their 17th birthdays. Miley Cyrus had her second #1 album (counting Hannah Montana) when she was 14 and seven months. LeAnn Rimes secured her second when she was 15. Nick Jonas of Jonas Brothers had his second when he was 16 and nine months.Garth Brooks did it in January 1993. Alice In Chains' Jar Of Flies, which debuted at #1 in January 1994.
Jennifer Lopez's J To Tha L-O! The Remixes scored nine years ago.
Bieber's collection sold 161K copies this week, which is the fattest one-week sales total so far in 2011. But it won't hold that distinction for long. Adele's p21 is expected to debut at #1 next week with sales in the 275K range. (I'll have more on Adele later in the column.)Arcade Fire's The Suburbs vaults from #52 to #12, its highest ranking since August. The critically-hailed album was the surprise winner of Album of the Year. Esperanza Spalding's Chamber Music Society re-enters the chart at #34. This far surpasses the album's original peak of #107 last August. Spalding's 2008 album Esperanza debuts at #138, which is its first appearance on the chart. Spalding was the surprise Grammy winner for Best New Artist. U2's How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, which re-entered the chart at #49 on Feb. 12, 2006. That was also its post-Grammy peak. (The album had been in release for 15 months at that point and was pretty much played out.)
Here's how subsequent Album of the Year winners fared in the week after the telecast. Dixie Chicks' Taking The Long Way leaped from #72 to #8 on Feb. 18, 2007. Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters vaulted from #159 to #5 on Feb. 17, 2008. Robert Plant/Alison Krauss' Raising Sand soared from #69 to #2 on Feb. 15, 2009. Taylor Swift's Fearless jumped from #13 to #7 on Feb. 7, 2010.
Bob Dylan and the Avett Brothers. The album sold 133K copies this week, which is its highest weekly sales tally to date. (In fact, it's more than the album's next two highest weekly sales tallies combined.) The album has sold 948K copies. The Avett Brothers and Dylan also re-enter the chart this week: The Avett Brothers' I And Love And You re-enters the chart at #42, its highest ranking since its second week on the chart in October 2009.
Sigh No More sold 80,000 digital copies this week, which puts it at #1 on the Digital Albums chart for the second straight week. More importantly, it pushes it past the 500K mark in cumulative digital sales. It's the ninth album to reach that plateau.
Flo Rida's "Right Round" sold 1,096,0000 in its first two weeks in February 2009. I'll have all the details in Chart Watch: Songs, which we'll post later today.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
Justin Bieber, Never Say Never: The Remixes, 161,000. This new entry is Bieber's second #1 album; his fourth to reach the top 10. Six songs from the EP are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Never Say Never" (featuring Jaden Smith), which jumps from #12 to #4. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More, 133,000. The album holds at #2 in its 48th week. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "The Cave" vaults from #68 to #11. "Little Lion Man" jumps from #58 to #36. Lady Antebellum, Need You Now, 85,000. The former #1 album vaults from #17 to #4 in its 56th week. This is its 28th week in the top 10. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Need You Now," which jumps from #42 to #14. Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, 61,000. The album jumps from #6 to #5 in its 20th week. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Grenade," which jumps from #8 to #5. Eminem, Recovery, 61,000. The former #1 album jumps from #7 to #6 in its 35th week. This is its 26th week in the top 10. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Love The Way You Lie" (featuring Rihanna) which jumps from #59 to #38. Usher), which jumps from #83 to #77. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday, 46,000. The former #1 album drops from #4 to #9 in its 13th week. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Moment 4 Life" (featuring Drake), which dips from #32 to #35. Rihanna, Loud, 45,000. The album drops from #8 to #10 in its 14th week. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "S&M," which jumps from #7 to #6.
Three albums drop out of the top 10 this week. P!nk's Greatest Hits...So Far!!! drops #5 to #14. Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party drops from #9 to #16. Justin Bieber's My Worlds Acoustic drops from #10 to #18.
Bright Eyes' The People's Key bows at #13. This is the fifth 20 album by alternative pop star Conor Oberst. Hillsong United's Aftermath bows at #17. This is the first top 20 album by the Australian "praise and worship" band.
Glee, The Music: Season Two: Volume 4 drops from #24 to #39. It's the #1 soundtrack for the third straight week. Country Strong drops from #57 to #96. It's the #1 soundtrack to a theatrically-released feature for the sixth straight week.
Adele's 2008 album 19 sold 13K copies this week, which enables it to jump from #68 to #50. It's #1 on the Catalog Albums chart.
David Archuleta, who finished second on Season 7 of American Idol, was dropped by his label, Jive Records, after two studio albums and a Christmas album. His 2008 debut, David Archuleta has sold 765K copies. His 2010 follow-up, The Other Side Of Down, has sold 67K. Season 7 winner David Cook has yet to release the follow-up to his 2008 debut, David Cook (which has sold a healthy 1,319,000 copies). I think now we may know why he's taking his time. The pressure on artists to deliver every time or risk being dropped has probably never been greater. It's a very tough business for artists.Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream in December 2009. Also due next week: Destroy Rebuild Until God Show's D.R.U.G.S., Bayside's Killing Time and Patrick Stump's Truant Wave. link.