Adele's 21 sold 352,000 copies this week, the most that any album has moved in one week since November, when Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday sold 496K and 375K, respectively. After just one week, 21 is already the second best-selling album so far in 2011. It's just 40K behind the leader for the year-to-date, Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More.
Dusty Springfield, but in terms of album sales, there's no comparison. Springfield's highest-charting album, Stay Awhile/I Only Want To Be With You, peaked at #62. (Some artists have an influence that far exceeds their sales.) Omarion debuted at #1 in December 2006 with his 21. (He, too, was 22 at the time the album was released, but 21 when it was recorded.)
Adele's 21 sold 217K digital copies this week (which is 62% of its total). This is the fifth highest one-week sales total in digital history. Only one album by a female solo artist has ever sold more digital copies in one week. Taylor Swift's Speak Now sold 278K digital copies in October.
21 has been #1 in the U.K. for the past five weeks. It's the first album to hit #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. since Susan Boyle's The Gift achieved the feat late last year. It's the first album by a female artist to log five or more weeks at #1 in the U.K. since Lady Gaga's The Fame, which had seven weeks on top in 2009-2010.the Corrs, which scored in April 1999 with Talk On Corners and Forgiven, Not Forgotten.
21 is on the short list of albums that are likely to be in the running for Album of the Year at the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Isn't it awfully early in the year to be looking ahead to next year's Grammys? Oh, probably, but that didn't stop me from posting this preview 2-1/2 weeks ago. If you missed it, here's a link.
A new 3D-only "Director's Fan Cut" seems helped Bieber's movie gross another $9.4 million in its third weekend. The movie has brought in $63 million in just 17 days. It is fast closing in on the total box-office take of Michael Jackson's This Is It ($72,091,000) and Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds Concert Tour ($65,282,000) as the top-grossing music concert film to date.
Sigh No More has sold 393,000 copies so far this year, more than any other album in 2011 (though Adele will doubtless pull ahead next week). So even though there has never been a week when Sigh No More was the best-selling album in the country, it has sold more copies overall than any other album so far this year.
Loud is Rihanna's fourth album in a row to sell 1 million copies. Her top-seller is 2007's Good Girl Gone Bad, which has sold 2,666,000 copies (plus 54K for an album of remixes).
50 Cent's Get Rich Or Die Tryin' had 27 weeks in the top 10 in 2003. (The Black Eyed Peas' 2005 album Monkey Business logged 28 weeks in the top 10. The Grammys classified it as rap at the time, but it seems closer to pop.)
Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You) sold 252K copies this week, just 34K fewer than Lady Gaga's "Born This Way." And JLo isn't far behind with "On The Floor" (featuring Pitbull), which sold 170K copies. Where will these three songs land on this week's Hot 100? Check back later today when we post Chart Watch: Songs.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
Adele, 21, 352,000. This new entry is Adele's first #1 album; her second in a row to make the top 10. Five songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Rolling In The Deep," which jumps from #13 to #7. Justin Bieber, Never Say Never: The Remixes, 102,000. The former #1 album dips to #2 in its second week. Four songs from the EP are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Never Say Never" (featuring Jaden Smith), which drops from #4 to #11. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More, 71,000. The album dips from #2 to #3 in its 49th week. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "The Cave" drops from #11 to #43. "Little Lion Man" drops from #36 to #57. Justin Bieber, My World 2.0, 42,000. The former #1 album jumps from #8 to #5 in its 49th week. This is its 30th week in the top 10. Five songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Baby" (featuring Ludacris), which drops from #43 to #56. Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, 37,000. The album dips from #5 to #6 in its 21st week. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Grenade," which drops from #5 to #9. Eminem, Recovery, 34,000. The former #1 album dips from #6 to #7 in its 36th week. This is its 27th 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 drops from #38 to #58. Rihanna, Loud, 33,000. The album jumps from #10 to #8 in its 15th week. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "S&M," which jumps from #6 to #5. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday, 32,000. The former #1 album holds at #9 in its 14th week. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Moment 4 Life" (featuring Drake) jumps from #35 to #29. "Roman's Revenge" (featuring Eminem) drops from #164 to #173. Lady Antebellum, Need You Now, 28,000. The former #1 album drops from #4 to #10 in its 57th week. This is its 29th week in the top 10. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Need You Now" drops from #14 to #52. "Hello World" drops from #149 to #169.
One album drops out of the top 10 this week. 2011 Grammy Nominees drops from #7 to #15. The album has sold 170K copies in five weeks, a tiny sliver of the 26.7 million who tuned in to the TV show. America, you can do better than that.
Glee, The Music: Season Two, Volume 4 jumps from #39 to #38 on The Billboard 200. It's the #1 soundtrack for the fourth week. It has sold 347,000 copies to date. Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy jumps from #114 to #96 on the big chart. It's the top soundtrack to a theatrically-released film for the sixth week. It has sold 522,000 copies to date.
Jeff Beck's Rock'n'Roll Party bows at #54. Beck first charted in December 1965, when he was a member of the Yardbirds. Beck's new album honors fellow guitar great Les Paul, who, with his wife and musical partner Mary Ford, first made Billboard's pop album chart in 1951. Paul died in 2009 at age 94.
Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) is just the fourth rock star to win an Oscar for a score. He follows the Beatles (Let It Be won as Best Original Song Score of 1970), Prince (Purple Rain won as Best Original Song Score of 1984), and David Byrne (The Last Emperor won as Best Original Score of 1987). Byrne, of the Talking Heads, wrote the latter score with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Cong Su.
Hall Pass was #1 at the box-office over the weekend, edging out Gnomeo & Juliet. The latter movie features both new and old Elton John songs. The soundtrack has sold just 5K copies in three weeks, not enough to make The Billboard 200 in any of those weeks.
Christina Aguilera/Cher musical has sold 302K copies, which is more than such "hit" soundtracks as Glee: The Power Of Madonna (290K), Country Strong (172K) and the aforementioned The Social Network (98K). Perception and reality aren't always in sync.
Marsha Ambrosius' solo debut, Late Nights & Early Mornings, is expected to enter the chart at #2 next week, behind holdover Adele. Ambrosius rose to prominence with Floetry. Dropkick Murphys' Going Out In Style will also debut in the top 10. Also due: Aaron Lewis' Town Line, Lucinda Williams' Blessed, Beady Eye's Different Gear Still Speeding and Forever The Sickest Kids' Forever The Sickest Kids.
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