Bad Meets Evil's Hell: The Sequel enters The Billboard 200 at #1. Bad Meets Evil is a collabo featuring Eminem and Royce da 5'9''. This is Eminem's third side project to reach #1, following two albums with D12, Devil's Night (2001) and D12 World (2004).
Eminem has been a superstar since the release of his first album in 1999. His colleagues in these side projects have had far less success. Royce da 5'9" dented the chart with Death Is Certain (#161 in 2004) and Street Hop (#110 in 2009). The other members of D12 were even less successful on their own prior to the D12 releases. Bizarre and Proof finally made the chart in 2005, after the release of the second D12 album.
Jackie Evancho's Dream With Me bows at #2. It's the formal debut album by the 11-year-old vocal prodigy who also debuted (and peaked) at #2 in November with O Holy Night. That EP spent its first six weeks in the top five during the busiest sales season of the year.
Evancho is the youngest female artist ever to land a 10 album. Only two 11-year old boys have made the top 10, and both scored as members of family groups. Michael Jackson was 11 in April 1970 when the Jackson 5 landed their first top 10 album (Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5). Zac Hanson was 11 in May 1997 when Hanson's Middle Of Nowhere debuted in the top 10.
Grammy winner David Foster produced Evancho's album, which includes two notable guest stars. Susan Boyle (whose The Gift blocked O Holy Night from the top spot) is featured on A Mother's Prayer.) Barbra Streisand appears on "Somewhere." Foster produced Streisand's classic recording of the song, which appeared on her Grammy-winning 1985 album The Broadway Album.
Adele's 21 drops from #1 to #3 in its 17th week. It's the first album to spend its first 17 weeks in the top three since Usher's Confessions accomplished the feat in 2004.
Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party jumps from #7 to #5. It also returns to #1 on Top Country Albums. This is its 10th week on top, which is the longest run by a male solo artist since Kenny Chesney's When The Sun Goes Down logged 14 weeks at #1 in 2004.
Owl City's All Things Bright And Beautiful debuts at #6. Owl City's 2009 album, Ocean Eyes, took 15 weeks to crack the top 10. It peaked at #8 in October, the week "Fireflies" began a two-week run at #1 on the Hot 100. "Fireflies" has sold 4,257,000 copies, a hefty total for such a modest, unassuming record.
Barry Manilow's 15 Minutes bows at #8. It's Manilow's 13th top 10 album. He first made the mark in February 1975 with Barry Manilow II. Manilow has been kept busy in recent years releasing Greatest Songs compilations. 15 Minutes is Manilow's first pop album of new material since Here At The Mayflower in 2001. That album peaked at #90, which suggests that all those Greatest Songs albums raised his pop profile. Manilow first gained notice as a co-producer of Bette Midler's debut album The Divine Miss M, which went top 10 in March 1973.
The Book Of Mormon drops from #3 to #10, in its first full week of sales since the musical swept the Tony Awards. The show has provoked both laughs and controversy for its depiction of the Mormon church. This week, the push-back begins: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's This Is The Christ debuts at #118. The 375-voice choir has had numerous hit albums over the years, most notably The Lord's Prayer, a 1959 release that hit #1 in January 1960.
This week marks two years since Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest. He has sold more than 10 million albums in this time, which has enabled him to jump from #47 to #15 on Nielsen SoundScan's running list of the best-selling album artists since 1991.
Jackson had sold 21,737,000 albums as of June 20, 2009, which was the last chart released before his death on June 25 of that year. He sold 9,066,000 albums in the next year, which pushed him to #18 on the Nielsen SoundScan running list.
Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" vaults from #28 to #1 on Hot Digital Songs in the wake of the release of the appealing video. It's the fifth consecutive #1 from Perry's Teenage Dream album. Will it duplicate the feat when the Hot 100 is published later today? Check back later today when we post Chart Watch: Songs.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
1. Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel, 171,000. This new entry is Eminem's third "side project" to reach #1. The EP sold 89K digital copies, which puts it #1 on the Digital Albums chart. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Lighters" (featuring Bruno Mars), which debuts at #8.
2. Jackie Evancho, Dream With Me, 161,000. This new entry is Evancho's second top 10 album. Her EP O Holy Night debuted and peaked at #2 in November.
3. Adele, 21, 115,000. The former #1 album drops from #1 to #3 in its 17th week. It has been in the top three the entire time. Four songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Rolling In The Deep," which drops to #5 after six weeks on top.
4. Lady Gaga, Born This Way, 68,000. The former #1 album drops from #2 to #4 in its fourth week. It has been in the top five the entire time. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "The Edge Of Glory," which dips from #5 to #6.
5. Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party, 51,000. The album jumps from #7 to #5 in its 33rd week. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Dirt Road Anthem," which holds at #4 for the second week.
6. Owl City, All Things Bright And Beautiful, 48,000. This new entry is Owl City's second top 10 album. Adam Young's sophomore album, Ocean Eyes, peaked at #8 in 2009. "Real World" enters Hot Digital Songs at #96.
7. Barry Manilow, 15 Minutes, 36,000. This new entry is Manilow's 12th top 10 album. It's his first album of new material to crack the top 10 since One Voice in November 1979.
8. Ledisi, Pieces Of Me, 36,000. This new entry is Ledisi's first top 10 album. Turn Me Loose hit #14 in 2009. Ledisi was a Grammy finalist as Best New Artist of 2007.
9. Brad Paisley, This Is Country Music, 35,000. The album dips from #8 to #9 in its fourth week. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Remind Me" (a duet with Carrie Underwood) jumps from #43 to #23. "Old Alabama" (featuring Alabama) drops from #75 to #79.
10. Original Broadway Cast, The Book Of Mormon, 34,000. The album drops from #3 to #10 in its second week. It has been fun seeing a cast album in the top 10. I hope we don't have to wait another 42 years for the next one.
Five albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Tech N9ne's All 6's & 7's drops from #4 to #25, Ronnie Dunn's Ronnie Dunn drops from #5 to #20, All Time Low's Dirty Work plummets from #6 to #63, Now 38 drops from #9 to #11, and Death Cab for Cutie's Codes And Keys drops from #10 to #22.
Now That's What I Call Country, Vol. 4 debuts at #14. The first two installments in this series made the top 10. The third peaked at #22 in September...Black Veil Brides' Set The World On Fire debuts at #17.
Several greatest hits albums move up the chart thanks to a $6.99 Father's Day sale at the iTunes store. Journey's Greatest Hits (from 1988) vaults from #101 to #18, Frank Sinatra's Nothing But The Best (from 2008) re-enters the chart at #23 and Bob Marley & the Wailers' Legend (from 1984) vaults from #111 to #26. These albums, in that order, hold down the top three spots on this week's Catalog Albums chart, bumping Adele's 19 down to fourth place. This is the ninth week at #1 for Journey's album.
Neil Young & the International Harvesters' A Treasure, a compilation of 1980s tracks, bows at #29. The International Harvesters are the fifth backing group to receive billing on a Young album, following Crazy Horse, the Bullets, the Shocking Pinks and the Bluenotes...Lemonade Mouth dips from #31 to #34. It's the #1 soundtrack for the sixth week.
The soundtrack to Transformers: Dark Of The Moon bows at #81. The soundtracks to all three movies in this series have been chart hits. Transformers reached #21 in 2007. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen hit #7 in 2009. Linkin Park is the series' lucky charm. The band has had the opening track on all three of these soundtracks. The new album opens with a remix of "Iridescent" (which also appeared on the band's 2010 album A Thousand Suns). The movie opens June 29. And, yes, this is the week's top-ranking soundtrack to a theatrically-released feature.
The cast album from Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark debuts at #86. The troubled musical has been a humbling experience for Bono and The Edge, but quite possibly a useful one. U2 has achieved so much success and been so lauded (22 Grammys) that it's probably healthy for the members to encounter resistance for a change.
Take That's Progress returns to #1 in the U.K, thanks to the release of a two-CD package featuring the original album plus eight new tracks. The album spent six weeks on top late last year. It was the top-selling album in the U.K. for 2010. The album hasn't been released in the U.S.
Green Lantern was #1 at the box-office over the weekend, bumping off Super 8.
Foo Fighters' Back & Forth debuts at #1 on the Top Music Videos chart. It displaces AC/DC's Live At River Plate, which spent a total of four weeks on top. This is Foo Fighters' first #1 music video. Dave Grohl topped the chart in January 1995 with Nirvana's Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!!
Coming Attractions: Jill Scott's The Light Of The Sun is expected to debut at #1 next week, with sales in the range of 130K. Four other albums are also looking for debuts in the top 10: Bon Iver's Bon Iver, Justin Moore's Outlaws Like Me, "Weird Al" Yankovic's Alpocalypse and Pitbull's Planet Pit. Also due: LMFAO's Sorry For Party Rockin', Matt Nathanson's Modern Love and Jagged Edge's Remedy.