This is Queens of the Stone Age’s fourth studio album in a row to reach the top 20, but its first to rise above #5. The band first charted in 2002. The new album features guest turns by Elton John, Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl and Jake Shear of Scissor Sisters. The album sold 40K digital copies (out of 91K total), which enables it to also debut at #1 on Top Digital Albums.
And this next item is even loopier. …Like Clockwork is the fifth album with a title that begins with an ellipsis to reach #1. It follows Phil Collins’ …But Seriously (1990), Britney Spears’ …Baby One More Time (1999), DMX’s …And Then There Was X (2000) and Rob Thomas’ …Something To Be (2005).
Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story… jumps from #5 to #4. It holds at #1 on Top Country Albums for the sixth week. That’s the longest run for an album by a male solo artist since Scotty McCreery’s Clear As Day spent six weeks on top in 2011. Shelton’s album has sold 625K copies, which puts it in fifth place for the year-to-date. It pulls ahead of The Lumineers’ The Lumineers, which dips to #6 for the year-to-date.
Barenaked Ladies’ 10th studio album, Grinning Streak, debuts at #10. It’s the group’s fourth top 10 album; its first since 2003, which is to say, since its pitch-perfect theme from The Big Bang Theory became one of the most ubiquitous TV theme songs of the past decade. The group first charted in 1994. It had a #1 single in 1998 (“One Week”).
Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Queens of the Stone Age’s …Like Clockwork debuts at #1 (91K). It’s the band’s second top five album…Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories dips from #1 to #2 in its third week (62K). It has been in the top five the entire time… Sleeping With Sirens’ Feel debuts at #3 (59K). It’s the band’s first top 10 album…Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story… jumps from #5 to #4 in its 11th week (36K). This is its ninth week in the top 10…Darius Rucker’s True Believers jumps from #6 to #5 in its third week (33K). The album has been in the top 10 the entire time.
The Second Five: Megadeth’s Super Collider debuts at #6 (29K). It’s the band’s sixth top 10 album…Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions jumps from #8 to #7 in its 40th week (28K). This is its 10th week in the top 10…Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Good Times rebounds from #17 to #8 in its 27th week (28K). This is its third week in the top 10…Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience holds at #9 for the third week in its 12th week (27K). It has ranked in the top 10 the entire time… Barenaked Ladies’ Grinning Streak debuts at #10 (26K). It’s the group’s fourth top 10 album.
Four other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Alice in Chains’ The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here dives from #2 to #21. John Fogerty’s Wrote A Song For Everyone drops from #3 to #14. Little Mix’s DNA drops from #4 to #23. Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires Of The City drops from #10 to #22.
LeAnn Rimes’ Spitfire debuts at #36. It’s her ninth (non-holiday) studio album to be released in the U.S.—and her lowest-charting to date. (Jefferson Starship had a #3 album titled Spitfire in 1976. That was six years before Rimes was born.).
Disclosure’s debut album Settle debuts at #38. The album enters The Official U.K. chart at #1. Disclosure is a British electronic band…The Maine’s fourth studio album, Forever Halloween, debuts at #39.
The Legend Of Johnny Cash jumps from #87 to #77 in its 121st week. The album jumps to #1 on Top Catalog Albums. It’s Cash’s second album to top that chart. 16 Biggest Hits logged 26 weeks at #1 from 2003 to 2006. The Legend Of Johnny Cash reached #5 on The Billboard 200 in February 2006. It ranked #9 on Billboard’s “year-end” chart recap for 2006.
The Motown: The Musical original cast recording debuts at #108. It’s already one of the highest-charting cast albums to a jukebox musical. Mamma Mia! (Abba) peaked at #169 in October 2011. Jersey Boys (The Four Seasons) peaked at #85 in June 2006. The show won no Tonys.
The cast album from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella debuts at #135. The cast album to the original TV production starring Julie Andrews (which aired on CBS on March 31, 1957) reached #15. The revival won one Tony: Best Costume Design of a Musical.
Matthew Morrison’s second studio album, Where It All Began, debuts at #95. This was the last album produced by the legendary Phil Ramone. Morrison’s first album, Matthew Morrison, reached #24 in 2011.
Elvis Presley’s Elvis On Tour enters Top Music Videos at #1, displacing Eagles’ History Of The Eagles.
The Purge was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
Coming Attractions: As noted above, Black Sabbath 13 is expected to debut at #1 next week, with first-week sales in the 115K range. Big Time Rush’s 24/Seven will probably open at #3 with sales of 40K, followed by the Man Of Steel soundtrack at #4, with sales of 30K. Goo Goo Dolls’ Magnetic should open around #6 (27K). The Lonely Island’s Wack is eying a #10 debut (24K). Three other albums will probably just miss the top 10: Jimmy Eat World’s Damage (#12, 21K), Chrisette Michelle’s Better (#14, 21K) and Now Country 6 (#15, 19K).
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