Up All Night: The Live Tour sold more copies this week than any other DVD has in any one week so far this year. The last DVD to sell this many copies in one week was Adele's Live At The Royal Albert Hall, which topped 80K in each of its first four weeks of release in December.
One Direction is also represented in the top 10 on the year-to-date lists of both albums and songs. The boy band is one of only two acts (the other of course being Adele) to be listed in the top 10 for the year-to-date on all three of these charts. (Nicki Minaj and Gotye are both listed in the top 10 for both albums and songs, but not music videos.)
One Direction's Up All Night album has sold 739K copies, which puts it at #4 for the year-to-date. The group's buoyant single "What Makes You Beautiful" has sold 2,460,000 copies, which puts it at #7 for the year-to-date.
Shameless Plug: Later today, I'll post a Chart Watch Extra in which I look at all the boy bands who have landed #1 videos since this chart was introduced in 1985. New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC are the reigning boy bands, with four #1 videos each. If you're a teenage girl, or have been at any point in the last 27 years, this one's for you. Check it out later today.
These are, of course, two of the most celebrated albums of the modern pop era. But both albums, surprisingly, have spent more weeks at #2 than they have at #1. Springsteen's album spent just seven weeks at #1. Adele's album has spent 23 weeks at #1. (Adele's still active album will doubtless add to its tallies of weeks at #1 and #2. In fact, it is expected to be back at #1 next week. But for now at least, it has spent more time at #2 than it has at #1.)
21 has never ranked below #7 in its 67 weeks of release. Only one other album in history has spent its first 67 weeks in the top 10. That's Born In The U.S.A., which spent its first 84 weeks in the top 10. (Two other albums have debuted in the top 10 and stayed there, without once falling out, for an entire year. Celine Dion's 1996 hit Falling Into You spent its first 59 weeks in the top 10. Fleetwood Mac's 1977 hit Rumours spent its first 52 weeks in the winners' circle.)
Will Adele equal or surpass Springsteen's record? I believe she will. Stay tuned.
The Fine Print: Eminem's The Eminem Show has sold 10,073,000 copies, but only 8,466,000 of those sales have transpired in the last 10 years. The album's gigantic opening, in which it sold 1,607,000 copies in its first two weeks, slips out of the "last 10 years" window this week. Come Away With Me sold 373,000 additional copies between its release in March 2002 and the start of the "last 10 years" tally.
What We Saw From The Cheap Seats is Spektor's second album to reach #3. Far reached that spot in June 2009. I like the self-deprecating title of the new album. Alabama had an album with a similar title in 1993. The country group's Cheap Seats reached #76.
Sigur Ros first charted in 2002 with (). The previous high for the eclectic band was #15 for 2008's Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: John Mayer's Born And Raised holds at #1 for the second straight week. (65K)….Adele's 21 holds at #2 for the fourth straight week in its 67th week on the chart (58K). The former #1 album has been in the top 10 the entire time… Regina Spektor's What We Saw from the Cheap Seats debuts at #3 (42K). It's her second top five album…One Direction's Up All Night rebounds from #5 to #4 in its 12th week on the chart (41K). The former #1 album has been in the top 10 the entire time… Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros' Here debuts at #5 (35K). This is the group's first top 10 album.
The Second Five: Carrie Underwood's Blown Away drops from #3 to #6 in its fifth week on the chart (32K). The album has been in the top 10 the entire time. The album holds at #1 on Top Country Albums for the fifth week…Sigur Ros' Valtari debuts at #7 (26K). It's the act's first top 10 album…Now 42 rebounds from #9 to #8 in its fifth week on the chart (26K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… Luke Bryan's Tailgates & Tanlines jumps from #15 to #9 in its 43rd week on the chart (24K). This is its sixth week in the top 10… Lionel Richie's Tuskegee drops from #6 to #10 in its 10th week on the chart (22K). The former #1 album has been in the top 10 the entire time.
Four albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Apocalyptic Love by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators drops from #4 to #19… MercyMe's The Hurt & The Healer drops from #7 to #27… Sara Bareilles' EP Once Upon Another Time plummets from #8 to #66…Norah Jones' …Little Broken Hearts drops from #10 to #12.
Adele's 2008 album 19 rebounds from #44 to #26 in its 137th week on the chart. It's #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the 40th week out of the past 68. The resurgence follows NBC's hour-long Adele special on Sunday night, in the final hours of the tracking week. Expect all Adele titles (albums, songs and video) to benefit next week.
Johnny Cash returns to the chart with the Starbucks-exclusive Opus Collection, which debuts at #28. The country legend first charted in 1958 with The Fabulous Johnny Cash.
Musique Pop De Paris debuts at #32…Melody Gardot's Absence debuts at #33…Scissor Sisters' Magic Hour debuts at #35.
The Avengers Assemble jumps from #76 to #71 in its fifth week. It's the highest-charting soundtrack to a theatrically-released movie for the third time in the past five weeks.
Snow White and the Huntsman was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
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