One Direction has a great "back-story." The five members tried out individually for The X Factor in the U.K., but failed to qualify in the "boys" category. After a suggestion by guest judge Nicole Scherzinger, they formed a group, thus qualifying in the "group" category. The group made its first live appearance in the U.S. on March 12 on NBC's Today show.
You might reasonably assume that One Direction won on The X Factor. Never assume. The group finished third in Season 7, behind Matt Cardle and Rebecca Ferguson. (Lewis was the winner on Season 3 of The X Factor.)
A little more than half of the copies of Up All Night that were sold this week (91K out of 176K) were sold digitally, which makes the album #1 on Top Digital Albums. One Direction has an impressive seven songs on this week's Hot Digital Songs chart, topped by "What Makes You Beautiful," which jumps from #17 to #7. The song hit #1 in the U.K. in September. It was #33 on last week's Hot 100 and is expected to make a nice jump this week.
(Four other British groups—Spice Girls and the "super-groups" Blind Faith, Bad Company and Asia—have hit #1 with their debut albums.)
Pop Quiz: What was the first album to enter The Billboard 200 at #1? What was the first debut album to achieve the feat? Answers below.
Adele's 21 holds at #2 for the second week. You probably know that the album has logged 23 weeks at #1, but you may not know that it has also logged an impressive number of weeks at #2. This is its 16th week in the runner-up spot.
If you're keeping track, Adele's video sold 18K copies this week, bringing its total to 748K. I predict a Mother's Day bump. Will this DVD top the 1 million mark before the Christmas sales season? If not, that will certainly push it over the top.
Quiz Answers: Elton John's Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy was the first album to enter The Billboard 200 at #1. It scored in June 1975. Snoop Doggy Dogg's Doggy Style was the first debut album to enter The Billboard 200 at #1. It scored in November 1993 with first-week sales of a whopping 803K copies.
Guns N' Roses' album has sold 5,246,000 copies, which makes it the best-selling greatest hits album of the last 10 years, according to Nielsen SoundScan's definitive tallies. Its closest rivals are Elvis Presley's Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits (4,806,000) and Michael Jackson's Number Ones (4,755,000). You already know that if you read a Chart Watch Extra we posted on Friday in which I listed the 25 best-selling albums of the last 10 years. If you missed it, here's a link.
Guns N' Roses' album contains six top 10 hits, including the chart-topping "Sweet Child O' Mine." (For fans who took advantage of the 25-cent sale, that comes out to about four cents per top 10 hit. A sweet deal.)
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
1. One Direction, Up All Night, 176,000. This new entry is the first #1 album for the British-Irish boy band. Seven songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "What Makes You Beautiful," which jumps from #17 to #7.
2. Adele, 21, 148,000. The former #1 album dips to #2 following 23 non-consecutive weeks at #1. This is its 56th week in the top 10. Four songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Set Fire To The Rain," which drops from #9 to #13.
3. Guns N' Roses, Greatest Hits, 85,000. The album jumps from #31 to #3 in its 231st week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10.
4. Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball, 57,000. The former #1 album drops to #4 in its second week. No songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs.
5. Passion, Passion: White Flag, 49,000. This new entry is a "praise and worship" album which features such stars of the genre as Chris Tomlin and David Crowder Band. It was recorded at the Passion 2012 conference in Atlanta.
6. Whitney Houston, Whitney: The Greatest Hits, 45,000. The album holds at #6 in its 35th week. This is its eighth week in the top 10. "I Will Always Love You" drops from #43 to #102 on Hot Digital Songs.
7. Drake, Take Care, 29,000. The former #1 album holds at #7 in its 18th week. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Five songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Take Care" (featuring Rihanna), which holds at #15.
8. Various Artists, Now 41, 29,000. The album drops from #3 to #8 in its sixth week. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. The album has sold 516K copies.
9. Gotye, Making Mirrors, 24,000. The album jumps from #16 to #9 in its 11th week. This is its first week in the top 10. "Somebody That I Used To Know" (featuring Kimbra) jumps from #5 to #4 on Hot Digital Songs.
10. .fun, Some Nights, 22,000. The album rebounds from #13 to #10 in its fourth week. This is its second week in the top 10. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) holds at #1. "Some Nights" drops from #72 to #77.
Five titles drop out of the top 10 this week. Lady Antebellum's Own The Night drops from #4 to #25, Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto drops from #5 to #33, Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV drops from #8 to #30, Luke Bryan's Spring Break 4: Suntan City drops from #9 to #52, and Andrew Bird's Break It Yourself drops from #10 to #31.
Luke Bryan's Tailgates & Tanlines rebounds from #18 to #14 in its 32nd week. The album returns to #1 on Top Country Albums for the first time since August. This is its third week atop the country chart.
The Project X soundtrack drops from #12 to #18 in its third week. The album is #1 on Top Soundtracks for the second week…Say Anything's Anarchy, My Dear bows at #22. It's the alternative group's third straight album to make the top 30.
Legend has sold 1 million copies in less than three years. It topped the 10 million mark in the week ending June 21, 2009. No other album that is in the all-time top 10 has sold as many copies in this time frame. Next in line: the Beatles' 1, which has sold 620K copies since June 21, 2009. These two albums are followed by Metallica's Metallica (339K), Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack (173K) and Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill (102K).
P.S. Will Legend one day be the best-selling album of the Nielsen SoundScan era? Or will the Beatles' 1? Discuss amongst yourselves.
21 Jump Street was #1 at the box-office over the weekend. It's the second movie version of an old TV show to hit #1 in the past three months. Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol headed the list for the last two weeks of December. 21 Jump Street ran on Fox from 1987 to 1990. It made a star of Johnny Depp. There is no movie soundtrack.
- Whitney Houston