Uncaged sold more than 100K more copies than Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, which may be this year's most buzzed-about album. Uncaged even sold more digital copies than Channel Orange, which was an iTunes exclusive. Uncaged sold 139K digital copies (to rank #1 on Top Digital Albums). Channel Orange sold 128K digital copies. (More on Ocean in a minute.)
All three of Zac Brown Band's albums rank in this week's top 20. You Get What You Give leaps from #51 to #16 in its 95th week. The Foundation vaults from #73 to #19 in its 190th week. This is the latter album's highest ranking since August 2010.
The 234K start for Uncaged represents a substantial gain over You Get What You Give, which debuted at #1 in October 2010 with sales of 153K. The Foundation opened in November 2008 with sales of 44K. It finally peaked at #9 in May 2010.
The Foundation has sold 3,021,000 copies to date (counting 63K for a Cracker Barrel-exclusive version). You Get What You Give has sold 1,555,000.
Uncaged also enters Top Country Albums at #1, displacing Kenny Chesney's Welcome To The Fishbowl. Turnabout is fair play: Chesney's Hemingway's Whiskey booted You Get What You Give out of the top spot (after a single week) in October 2010.
Ocean has been amassing credits for the past four years. Still, many music fans first became aware of Ocean earlier this month when he published an open letter on his Tumblr blog recounting feelings he had for a man starting four years ago when he was 19. He used the blog to thank the man for his influence, and also thanked his mother and other friends, saying "I don't know what happens now, and that's alrite. I don't have any secrets I need kept anymore...I feel like a free man."
While Ocean didn't put a label on his sexual orientation, it's hard not to read his moving statement as an act of coming out. This is the second time in two months that an "out" artist has landed high on the chart. In May, Adam Lambert became the first "out" gay male artist to land a #1 album, Trespassing.
Channel Orange nearly equaled Chris Brown's Fortune for the biggest one-week sales of the year by an R&B album. Fortune sold 135K copies last week. Channel Orange outsold Usher's Looking 4 Myself, which sold 128K in its first week last month. This puts Ocean neck-and-neck with two of the biggest male stars in R&B.
Channel Orange enters the U.K. chart at #2.
Ocean is a member of the hip-hop collective Odd Future, which debuted and peaked at #5 in March with The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2. Early forecasts called for Channel Orange to sell in the 40K-50K range. That would have been about on par with the Odd Future album or Goblin by fellow Odd Future member Tyler, The Creator. But Channel Orange sold about three times as many copies as those albums.
Ocean is very likely to receive a Grammy nomination as Best New Artist. Other likely finalists include Gotye, One Direction, Lana Del Rey and fun. Other acts who may be in the running, depending in part on eligibility, include Carly Lee Jepsen (but only if her first U.S. album is released by the Sept. 30 eligibility cut-off date), 2011 American Idol champ Scotty McCreery, Ellie Goulding, and country songwriter-turned-recording star Brantley Gilbert.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Zac Brown Band's Uncaged debuts at #1 (234K). It's the band's third top 10 album; its second #1…Frank Ocean's Channel Orange debuts at #2 (131K). It's Ocean's first top 10 album on his own… Justin Bieber's Believe holds at #3 for the third week in its fourth week (45K). It has been in the top five the entire time… Chris Brown's Fortune drops from #1 to #4 in its second week (45K)…Maroon 5's Overexposed dips from #4 to #5 in its third week (44K). It has been in the top five the entire time.
The Second Five: Linkin Park's Living Things dips from #5 to #6 in its third week (37K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… One Direction's Up All Night rebounds from #11 to #7 in its 18th week (36K). This is its 17th week in the top 10…Adele's 21 rebounds from #9 to #8 in its 73rd week (35K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time…Katy Perry's Teenage Dream drops from #2 to #9 in its 99th week (34K). This is its 11th week in the top 10… Kenny Chesney's Welcome To The Fishbowl drops from #8 to #10 in its fourth week (32K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time.
Three albums drop out of the top 10 this week. All were beneficiaries of last week's 99 cent sale at AmazonMP3. Gotye's Making Mirrors drops from #6 to #37. fun.'s Some Nights drops from #7 to #18. The Black Keys' El Camino plummets from #10 to #58.
Williams has had two other top 20 albums: That's How They Do It In Dixie: The Essential Collection (#16 in 2006) and 127 Rose Avenue (#19 in 2009).
Williams, 63, has lived more than twice as long as his father, who died of alcohol poisoning at age 29 on New Year's Day 1953. Williams was voted Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Assn. in 1987 and 1988. He was the first male solo artist to win that coveted award twice.
One Direction's Up All Night: The Live Tour is #1 for the seventh week on Top Music Videos. It sold 15,000 copies this week, bringing its seven-week total to 210K.
Ice Age: Continental Drift was #1 at the box-office over the weekend. The animated 3-D movie was the fourth installment in the popular series. John Powell composed the soundtrack.
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