21 is the 29th album to sell 9 million copies since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales for Billboard. It's the 24th regular studio album to reach this level. Studio follow-ups to the first 23 have achieved varying degrees of success.
Shameless Plug: I just post a Chart Watch Extra in which I look at all of the follow-ups to these 23 monster albums. I've tipped you to the follow-ups that did the best and worst (on a percentage basis), but that leaves 21 albums that fell somewhere in between. But where? Here's a link to this fact-filled Extra.
Since 21 is still selling briskly, you can count on it becoming the first album to reach 10 million in U.S. sales since Eminem's The Eminem Show. That album was released in May 2002. It topped 10M in October 2011.
21 rebounds from #4 to #2 this week, boosted by Mother's Day gift-giving. The album was #1 on Mother's Day last year. Mother's Day also brought Adele back to #1 on Top Catalog Albums and Top Music Videos. We'll get to those shortly.
Blown Away is Underwood's first album to top The Billboard 200 for two weeks. It's the first album by an artist who rose to fame on American Idol to log two weeks at #1 since Kelly Clarkson's All I Ever Wanted in 2009. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Good Girl" rebounds from #46 to #37. "Blown Away" drops from #22 to #42.
Want me to keep going with this thread? The Notorious B.I.G.'s 2005 album Duets: The Final Chapter, Bennett's 2006 album Duets: An American Classic and Reba McEntire's 2007 album Reba: Duets each spent five weeks in the top 10. Sinatra's 1994 album Duets II, which kick-started this trend, spent two weeks in the top 10.
Silversun Pickups' third studio album Neck Of The Woods debuts at #6. That tops the peak position (#7) of the band's 2009 album, Swoon. The album sold 24K digital copies (out of 41K total), which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. The Los Angeles-based band received a Grammy nomination as Best New Artist of 2009.
Luke Bryan's Tailgates & Tanlines rebounds to #10 in its 40th week on the chart. The album has sold 1,058,000 copies. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. Those three songs ("Drunk On You," "I Don't Want This Night To End" and "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)" ) have sold a combined total of 4,352,000 digital copies.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Carrie Underwood's Blown Away holds at #1 for the second week in its second week (120K). The album holds at #1 on Top Country Albums for the second week…Adele's 21 rebounds from #4 to #2 in its 64th week (101K). The former #1 album has been in the top 10 the entire time… Lionel Richie's Tuskegee rebounds from #6 to #3 in its seventh week (71K). The former #1 album has been in the top 10 the entire time…Now 42 dips from #3 to #4 in its second week (65K)… Norah Jones' …Little Broken Hearts drops from #2 to #5 in its second week (60K).
The Second Five: Silversun Pickups' Neck Of The Woods debuts at #6 (41K). This is the band's second top 10 album, following Swoon (#7 in 2009)…One Direction's Up All Night inches up from #8 to #7 in its ninth week (40K). The former #1 album has been in the top 10 the entire time…Jack White's Blunderbuss dips from #7 to #8 in its third week (34K). The former #1 album has been in the top 10 the entire time…Tank's This Is How I Feel debuts at #9 (33K). It's Tank's third top 10 album…Luke Bryan's Tailgates & Tanlines rebounds from #13 to #10 in its 40th week. This is its fifth week in the top 10.
The Music Of SMASH drops from #9 to #13. It's #1 on Top Soundtracks for the second straight week.… Two other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. B.o.B's Strange Clouds drops from #5 to #12. Marilyn Manson's Born Villain dives from #10 to #31. The TV show SMASH centers on the creation of a musical about Marilyn Monroe. That eternal icon is one of the very famous people who gave Marilyn Manson his stage name.
Mary Mary's seventh album Go Get It debuts at #16. It's a compilation which also features some new songs. The R&B/gospel duo's last three regular studio albums made the top 10. The duo introduced the title track on their reality TV series Mary Mary, which airs on the WE network.
Adele's 2008 album 19 rebounds from #29 to #20 in its 134th week. It's #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the 38th week. Remarkably, 19 has outlasted sympathy-fueled surges that lifted three albums by departed pop stars to #1: Amy Winehouse's Back To Black, Whitney Houston's Whitney: The Greatest Hits and Beastie Boys' Licensed To Ill.
Marvel's The Avengers was #1 at the box-office for the second straight weekend. The soundtrack drops from #11 to #28 in its second week. It's the top-ranking soundtrack to a theatrically-released film for the second week.
As of this week, Beastie Boys have sold 20 million albums since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales for Billboard. The group's sales have surged in the two weeks since the death of founding member Adam Yauch, better known as MCA…Toni Braxton's career album sales top 15 million this week. Braxton won a Grammy as Best New Artist of 1993.
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