This is the 10th fattest one-week sales total in Nielsen/SoundScan history, which stretches back a little more than 20 years.Coldplay's record for the greatest digital sales by an album in one week in history. Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends sold 288K digital copies in its first week in June 2008. Taylor Swift is the only other artist with two of the all-time top 10 digital albums. Fearless is #6. Speak Now is #10.
The strong digital showing for Born This Way is no surprise given Amazon's price-busting 99-cent sale on the album on Monday and Thursday of last week. (Billboard estimates that that Amazon's 99-cent offering accounts for 440K of the 662K digital total.) Does selling the album for roughly the cost of a newspaper or a can of Coke diminish the achievement? It does, but then again, if people don't want something, you can't give it away.
Gaga's 2008 debut album, The Fame, took 35 weeks to sell as many copies as Born This Way sold in its first week. Her 2010 EP The Fame Monster took 28 weeks to hit this number. (Both of those albums move up the chart this week. The Fame leaps from #36 to #16, its highest ranking since August. The Fame Monster vaults from #179 to #87.)Avril Lavigne's The Best Damn Thing, Linkin Park's Minutes To Midnight, Madonna's Hard Candy, Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown, and Michael Jackson's This Is It.
Born This Way is Gaga's second #1 album in the U.K. The Fame topped the U.K. chart for seven weeks. Born This Way sold 215K copies in the U.K. this week, which is the biggest first-week total of the year, according to the Official Charts Co. It's more than the rest of the top 10 combined.
This Is Country Music is #1 on Top Country Albums. It's Paisley's sixth #1 on that chart.Alicia Keys' As I Am ranked in the top three for each of its first 15 weeks in 2007-2008. Will Adele equal or surpass Keys' tally? Stay tuned.
21 sold 39,000 digital copies this week, which brings its digital total to 842,000. This enables it to pull ahead of Coldplay's Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends as the best-selling album in digital history by an act that hails from outside the U.S. Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More also pulls ahead of Viva La Vida in total sales this week. It sold 14K copies this week, which brings its total to 817K copies to date. Coldplay's album has sold 806K digital copies.
Glee, The Music: Season Two Volume 6 debuts at #4. This is the 11th consecutive Glee album or EP to debut in the top 10. It's also #1 on the Soundtrack Albums chart, displacing Lemonade Mouth.
An eponymous album by the boy band collective NKOTBSB debuts at #7. New Kids on the Block had four top 10 albums from 1989 to 2008. Backstreet Boys had seven in a row from 1997 to 2009.Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big," the first single by the Season 10 winner of American Idol, enters Hot Digital Songs at #3. Will it debut in the top 10 on the Hot 100? You'll find out when we post Chart Watch: Songs later today. In the meantime, I'll have more on McCreery and Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina after the top 10 list. Their American Idol Season 10 collections both enter The Billboard 200 this week.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
Six albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Seether's Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray drops from #2 to #11, Beastie Boys' Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 drops from #6 to #14, The Lonely Island's Turtleneck & Chain drops from #7 to #27, Justin Bieber's Never Say Never: The Remixes drops from #8 to #23, Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues drops from #9 to #22 and Il Volo's Il Volo drops from #10 to #15.David Cook bested David Archuleta both in the TV competition and in the album sales race. Adam Lambert's For Your Entertainment has sold 817K copies, more than twice as many copies as winner Kris Allen's Kris Allen (328K). Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox's The Farmer's Daughter has sold 197K, substantially more than winner Lee DeWyze's Live It Up (141K). These numbers for Allen, Bowersox and DeWyze are dismal, given Idol's high ratings. Even Lambert's tally is lower than you would expect for someone who created such a stir. Let's hope McCreery and Alaina ring up bigger numbers when their debut albums are released later this year. The fact that these instant collections are charting so high is a positive sign.
Adele's 2008 album 19 dips from #16 to #21. It's #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the 13th time in the past 15 weeks...Country Strong drops from #66 to #71. Even with that tepid ranking, it's the top-ranking soundtrack to a theatrically-released movie for the 13th week.Danzig and Kanye West, as well as co-star Ed Helms signing Billy Joel's "Allentown" and cameo player Mike Tyson singing Murray Head's "One Night In Bangkok."
AC/DC's Live At River Plate is #1 on the Music Videos chart for the third week in a row. The video sold 6K copies this week, bringing its total to 33K. It's already #6 for the year to date.Gil Scott-Heron, the singer and poet who, many said, set the template for rap, died last week. Scott-Heron teamed with Brian Jackson for a series of albums, including The First Minute Of A New Day, which cracked the top 30 in 1975. Scott-Heron also appeared on two high-profile protest albums: 1979's No Nukes/The MUSE Concerts For A Non-Nuclear Future and 1985's Sun City by a collective of artists dubbed Artists United Against Apartheid. Scott-Heron was 62. Death Cab for Cutie's Codes And Keys is expected to be next week's top new entry. Eddie Vedder will also debut next week with his first solo studio album, Ukulele Songs, and his music video, Water On The Road: Eddie Vedder Live. Also due: My Morning Jacket's Circuital, Flogging Molly's Speed Of Darkness and Jordan Knight's Unfinished.