Chesney pulls ahead of Brooks in one respect: His #1 albums span a longer period of time (a little more than 11 years). Chesney first topped the chart in April 2002 with No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems. Brooks’ #1 albums spanned 10 years and two months, from Ropin’ The Wind in September 1991 to Scarecrow in November 2001.
Life On A Rock enters Top Country Albums at #1, displacing Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story…. It’s Chesney’s 12th #1 country album.
Life On A Rock sold 66K digital copies (out of 153K total), which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. Chesney first topped the Digital Albums chart in January 2005 with Be As You Are: Songs From An Old Blue Chair. It sold just 4K digital copies that week, but that was all it took to reach #1 in those early days of digital.
Michael Buble’s To Be Loved dips to #2 in both the U.S. and the U.K. this week. In the U.K. it falls behind Rudimental’s Home. Expect another big week for Buble’s album next week. The tracking week ends on Mother’s Day.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are only the second ongoing duo, following the Black Keys, to with an album that has hit the 500K mark in digital sales. The Black Keys have scored with both El Camino (633K) and Brothers (615K).
Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Kenny Chesney’s Life On A Rock debuts at #1 (153K). It’s his 11th top five album…Michael Buble’s To Be Loved dips from #1 to #2 in its second week (96K)… Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience holds at #3 for the fourth week in its seventh week (68K). It has been in the top five the entire time…Fantasia’s Side Effects Of You drops from #2 to #4 in its second week (36K)… Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist rebounds from #11 to #5 in its 30th week (35K). This is its fifth week in the top 10.
The Second Five: Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story… holds at #6 for the second week in its sixth week (35K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time…P!nk’s The Truth About Love rebounds from #10 to #7 in its 33rd week (26K). This is its 14th week in the top 10…Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox rebounds from #13 to #8 in its 21st week (26K). This is its 18th week in the top 10…Randy Rogers Band’s Trouble debuts at #9 (26K). It’s the country band’s second top 10 album in a row…Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions rebounds from #15 to #10 in its 35th week (25K). This is its eighth week in the top 10.
Five albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Phoenix’s Bankrupt! drops from #4 to #19. Fall Out Boy’s Save Rock And Roll drops from #5 to #11. Rob Zombie’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor drops from #7 to #21. Kid Cudi’s Indicud drops from #8 to #17. will.i.am’s #willpower plummets from #9 to #40.
HIM’s eighth studio album Tears On Tape debuts at #15. It’s the Finnish band’s third top 20 album.
Two EPs debut this week. Fleetwood Mac’s Extended Play debuts at #48. Andrew McMahon’s The Pop Underground EP debuts at #53. Fleetwood Mac’s self-released EP is the band’s first new material since 2003. In 1979, the band released a double-disk, 20-song studio album, Tusk. Now, it’s putting out a four-song EP. Our attention spans are shrinking by the minute. McMahon has released albums with Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin.
I told you last week that 2Pac’s 1998 album Greatest Hits topped the 5 million mark in sales. I might have added that it’s the best-selling greatest hits album in hip-hop history. Eminem’s 2005 album Curtain Call: The Hits is in second place, with sales of 3,710,000. The two artists are in reverse order on the list of best-selling rappers in Nielsen SoundScan history. Eminem is #1, with sales of 42,183,000. 2Pac is second with 28,962,000.
It’s Eagles’ third music video to reach #1. It follows Hell Freezes Over (four weeks at #1 in 1995) and Farewell I Tour: Live From Melbourne (14 weeks in 2005-2006 and a 15th week on top in March). Farewell I Tour: Live From Melbourne got off to a much stronger start. It sold 114K copies in its first week in June 2005, but music video sales were stronger then in general.
In History Of The Eagles, Jack Nicholson offers an apt one-word explanation for the band’s lasting impact: “Repertoire.”
Incidentally, the title, History Of The Eagles, represents a small capitulation by the band. They always insisted on being called just Eagles. I guess they finally decided to let the fans have their way.
Coming Attractions: Lady Antebellum’s Golden is expected to debut at #1 next week with sales in the 145K range. Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film The Great Gatsby will probably open at #2 with sales of 90K. Now 46 (80K) and Pistol Annies’ Annie Up (80K) are looking good for #4 and #5, respectively. Rod Stewart’s Time is set for a #8 debut (40K). Also due: She & Him’s Volume 3 (#15, 19K), The Music Of Nashville, Vol. 2 (#17, 19K), Natalie Maines’ Mother (#20, 17K), Talib Kweli’s Prisoner Of Conscious and Fitz & the Tantrums’ More Than Just A Dream.
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