Amy Winehouse's Back To Black jumps from #9 to #7 on The Billboard 200 in the first full week following the singer's death. This is the highest posthumous ranking by any artist since Michael Jackson's MICHAEL debuted at #3 in December. (Note: Nielsen SoundScan first reported that the Back To Black jumped from #9 to #4, but the chart was revised on Thursday.)
Back To Black is doing even better in Winehouse's native England, where it vaults from #59 to #1. This is the album's fourth total week on top in the U.K. Winehouse's 2005 debut album Frank re-enters the U.K. chart at #5, which surpasses its initial #13 peak.
Frank vaults from #57 to #33 on The Billboard 200. Winehouse's two albums are #1 and #3 on the Top Catalog Albums chart. (Adele's 2008 album 19 is #2 on that survey.)
Three other Winehouse songs move up Hot Digital Songs this week. "You Know I'm No Good" jumps from #103 to #64 (27K), "Back To Black" jumps from #114 to #69 (25K) and "Valerie" (from the import edition of Back To Black) jumps from #200 to #121 (15K).
Digital accounted for most of this week's U.S. sales for Back To Black (30K out of 38K total). That partly reflects the fact that physical stock in stores that sell CDs (remember them?) was low at the time of her death. Back To Black has sold 486K digital copies.
Winehouse is one of three English female singers to appear in the top 10 on this week's Billboard 200. The others are Adele, whose 21 dips from #1 to #2, and Joss Stone, whose LP1 debuts at #9.
Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack, which remained in the top three for its first 28 weeks in 1992-1993. It went on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year, a feat 21 will almost certainly match next year.
LP1 is Stone's third consecutive top 10 album. It follows Introducing Joss Stone (#2 in 2007) and Color Me Free! (#10 in 2009). Introducing Joss Stone entered the chart at #2 one week after Back In Black debuted at #7. Stone first hit The Billboard 200 in 2003, when she was just 16.
Church's album includes "Drink In My Hand," "Hungover And Hard Up," "Jack Daniels" and "I'm Getting' Stoned." These songs are balanced by songs titled "Like Jesus Does" and "Country Music Jesus." Both of these themes have long been prevalent in country music.Bruce Springsteen has never cracked Hot Country Songs (or Albums), but today's country artists and audiences grew up listening to '70s rock acts, such as Springsteen, Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jimmy Buffett.
You can see Church's album cover in the top 10 list. It seems to me he would have been better off removing the shades (and maybe cracking a smile), but he's #1, so what do I know?
Rowland's album sold about one-quarter as many copies as Beyonce's 4 did (310K) when it debuted at #1 four weeks ago. But it's not really fair to compare the former group-mates, who are on different career tracks. (4 dips from #4 to #5 this week.)
Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Otis Redding vaults from #40 to #9 on Hot Digital Songs. How high will it climb on the Hot 100? And can Katy Perry finally dislodge LMFAO to claim her fifth consecutive #1 hit? (The song jumps to #1 this week on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, which is different from the Hot 100). You'll found out later today when we post Chart Watch: Songs.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
Eric Church, Chief, 145,000. This new entry is the country singer's first top 10 album. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Homeboy" drops from #52 to #72. "Drink In My Hand" debuts at #95. Adele, 21, 83,000. The former #1 album dips from #1 to #2 in its 23rd week. Four songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Rolling In The Deep," which drops from #8 to #10. Kelly Rowland, Here I Am, 77,000. This new entry is Rowland's second top 10 solo album. She also had four top 10 albums as part of Destiny's Child. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Motivation" (featuring Lil Wayne) jumps from #36 to #30. "Lay It On Me" (featuring Big Sean) debuts at #136. Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party, 42,000. The album rebounds from #8 to #5 in its 39th week. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Dirt Road Anthem," which holds at #11. Beyonce, 4, 41,000. The former #1 album drops from #4 to #6 in its fifth week. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Best Thing I Never Had" holds at #19. "Run The World (Girls)" drops from #100 to #118. Kidz Bop Kids, Kidz Bop 20, 39,000. The album drops from #2 to #7 in its second week. The album has sold 107K copies in its first two weeks. Amy Winehouse, Back To Black, 38,000. The album jumps from #9 to #4 in its 80th week on the chart. This is its 18th week in the top 10. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Rehab," which rebounds from #46 to #20. Blake Shelton, Red River Blue, 31,000. The former #1 album drops from #6 to #8 in its second week. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Honey Bee" drops from #24 to #32. "God Gave Me You" jumps from #59 to #56. Joss Stone, LP1, 30,000. This new entry is Stone's third consecutive top 10 album. No songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. That can't be good. Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel, 26,000. The former #1 album rebounds from #11 to #10 in its seventh week. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Lighters" (featuring radio magnet Bruno Mars) jumps from #5 to #2. "Fastlane" jumps from #109 to #99.
Four albums drop out of the top 10 this week. 3 Doors Down's Time Of My Life drops from #3 to #13, DJ Khaled's We The Best Forever drops from #5 to #14, 311's Universal Pulse plummets from #8 to #44 and Selena Gomez & the Scene's When The Sun Goes Down drops from #10 to #12.
Escape The Fate. Radke sang lead on that group's 2006 debut album, Dying Is Your Latest Fashion (which failed to crack The Billboard 200).
The soundtrack to the Disney Channel's Shake It Up: Break It Down drops from #36 to #39 in its third week. It's #1 on Top Soundtracks for the third straight week. Burlesque drops from #84 to #110 in its 35th week. Despite its low ranking, it's the #1 soundtrack to a theatrically-released movie for the sixth time. The album has sold a more than respectable 450K copies.
Cowboys & Aliens nosed out The Smurfs to finish #1 at the box-office over the weekend.Mat Kearney's Young Love, Trace Adkins' Proud To Be Here and the soundtrack to TV's Victorious are expected to be next week's top new entries. Each will post sales in the 40K range. O.A.R.'s King is expected to debut a little lower, around #10. Also due: Greyson Chance's Hold On... .