The Gift sold less than one-third as many copies as Taylor Swift's Speak Now sold (1,047,000) two weeks ago when it debuted at #1. It even sold slightly less than Speak Now sold in its second week (320,000). Of course, Swift's fans are younger and, as such, more inclined to snap up an album in its first or second week.
Also, being primarily a Christmas album, The Gift may well build as we get closer to the holidays. A lot of people don't like to even think about Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. The album will probably stay at #1 next week with sales in the range of 300K. In fact, it sets a few records this week for Christmas albums.
It marks the first time that a female artist has ever topped the Billboard chart with a holiday album. (Several women came close. Amy Grant's 1992 album Home For Christmas and Celine Dion's 1998 release These Are Special Times both reached #2. Mariah Carey's 1994 smash Merry Christmas hit #3.)
Clay Aiken's 2004 album Merry Christmas With Love, which sold 270,000 copies in its first week. Boyle and Aiken have a lot in common. Both artists rose to fame on reality television shows that they didn't win. (Boyle was runner-up to Diversity on Britain's Got Talent. Aiken came in second to Ruben Studdard on American Idol.) Both artists released a Christmas album as the follow-up to their chart-topping studio debut releases. And, not to be indelicate, both artists compensated for plain looks and an initially awkward manner with dazzling vocal ability.Perry Como achieved the feat in November 1946 with Merry Christmas Music. (Things were a little different back then. The chart was just a top five listing, versus 200 positions today. Como's album consisted of four 78 rpm discs, compared to today's mix of CDs and digital downloads. But some things stay the same. Both albums include the traditional Christmas song "O Come, All Ye Faithful.")
The Gift is the first holiday album to top The Billboard 200 since Josh Groban's Noel ruled for five weeks in 2007. The Gift also enters the U.K. chart at #1. It's the first holiday album ever to reach the top spot in both countries.Lou Reed's "Perfect Day." The song originated on Reed's 1972 album Transformer (which also spawned his surprise hit "Walk On The Wild Side"). This echoes the eclectic approach of Boyle's first album, which contained a cover of the Rolling Stones' 1971 hit "Wild Horses." Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" enters Hot Digital Songs at #1. It's the first Glee rendition to top that chart. It surpasses Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," which debuted and peaked at #2 in May 2009. "Teenage Dream" sold 214K downloads, which tops the 177K that "Don't Stop Believin'" sold in its first week. New cast member Darren Criss sang lead on the Glee version, which hits #1 just 10 weeks after Perry's original version spent its second week in the top spot.
There's been a shift in the most successful Glee renditions. The first five to make the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs were remakes of songs from the '70s and '80s ("Don't Stop Believin'," Queen's "Somebody To Love," Madonna's "Like A Prayer," Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" and Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl"). The last four have been remakes of songs from the last 10 years and mostly the last couple of years (Lady Gaga's "Poker Face," Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State Of Mind," Britney Spears' "Toxic" and now "Teenage Dream").
Three other Glee renditions enter Hot Digital Songs inside the top 40 this week. "Start Me Up"/"Livin' On A Prayer" bows at #15, "Stop! In The Name Of Love"/"Free Your Mind" bows at #22 and "One Love"/"People Get Ready" starts at #24.
Eminem finished in the top three in 2000, 2002 and 2004.
Kid Cudi's Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager debuts at #3. This is Kid's second top five album in a row. Man On The Moon: The End Of Day bowed at #4 in September 2009. The new album sold 91,000 digital copies this week (54% of its total), which makes it the week's #1 Digital Album.
LeAnn Rimes as the female country artist with the most top 10 albums in the history of The Billboard 200. All The Women I Am debuts at #7, becoming Reba's eighth top 10 album. Rimes amassed eight top 10 albums between 1996 and 2007. Reba was already a budding country star by 1982, the year Rimes was born. Reba landed her first top 10 country hit, "(You Lift Me) Up To Heaven," in 1980.
Pop Quiz: Name the female country artist who is third in line with five top 10 albums. The answer may surprise you. It did me.
It sometimes seems as though album and individual song buyers are in different universes. That's especially true this week, when no artists appear in the top 10 on both lists.
Here's the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs, as calculated by Nielsen/SoundScan. The Glee version of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" debuts at #1 (214K). Ke$ha's "We R Who We R" holds at #2 for the second week (191K). The Black Eyed Peas' "Time (The Dirty Bit)" debuts at #3 (170K). Katy Perry's "Firework" jumps from #6 to #4 (161K). P!nk's "Raise Your Glass" dips from #4 to #5 (160K). Rihanna's "What's My Name?" drops from #1 to #6 (152K). Far*East Movement featuring Cataracs & Dev's "Like A G6" drops from #3 to #7 (142K). Rihanna's "Only Girl (In The World)" drops from #5 to #8 (129K). Nelly's "Just A Dream" drops from #7 to #9 (124K). Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj's "Bottoms Up" dips from #9 to #10 (103K).
Two of these songs achieve other distinctions this week. "Like A G6" tops the 2 million mark in paid downloads. It also regains the top spot on the Hot 100, displacing "What's My Name?," which drops from #1 to #7. "Only Girl (In The World)" (which jumps to a new high of #2 on the Hot 100) holds at #1 in the U.K. for the second week.Martina McBride is the female country artist who is third in line with five top 10 albums. Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Wynonna and Taylor Swift have each notched four. (I'm not counting Linda Ronstadt, who has had 10 top 10 albums, or Olivia Newton-John, who has had five. They both had some country success back in the day, but they're primarily pop singers.)
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
Susan Boyle, The Gift, 318,000. This new entry is Boyle's second #1 album in a row. This is the sixth biggest first-week sales tally of 2010, trailing albums by Taylor Swift, Eminem, Sade, Lady Antebellum, Drake and Usher. Taylor Swift, Speak Now, 212,000. The former #1 album dips to #2 in its third week. It's #1 country for the third week. Five songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Mine," which drops from #29 to #42. Kid Cudi, Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager, 169,000. This new entry is Kid's second top five album in a row. Seven songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Marijuana," which debuts at #29. Bon Jovi, Greatest Hits, 88,000. This new entry is the band's 11th top 10 album (not counting a soundtrack credited to a solo Jon Bon Jovi). This is the band's second hits album. Its first, Cross Road, peaked at #8 in 1994. "Livin' On A Prayer" re-enters Hot Digital Songs at #137. Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party, 81,000. The album drops from #2 to #6 in its second week. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Don't You Wanna Stay" (featuring Kelly Clarkson) jumps from #58 to #32. "My Kinda Party" drops from #49 to #55. Reba McEntire, All The Women I Am, 64,000. This new entry is McEntire's eighth top 10 album. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Turn On The Radio" vaults from #182 to #111. "If I Were A Boy" debuts at #149.
Cee Lo Green, The Lady Killer, 41,000. This new entry is Cee-Lo's first top 10 album as a solo artist. He previously made the grade with one album each by Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley. "F*** You (Forget You)" rebounds from #16 to #12 on Hot Digital Songs.
Six albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas II You drops from #4 to #12, Kings of Leon's Come Around Sundown drops from #6 to #14, Eminem's Recovery drops from #7 to #11, Neil Diamond's Dreams drops from #8 to #26, Brad Paisley's Hits Alive drops from #9 to #21, and Elton John/Leon Russell's The Union dives from #10 to #32.
Miranda Lambert's Revolution, which won as Album of the Year at the CMA show, rebounds from #41 to #15. This is the album's highest ranking since April, when it rebounded to #13 after it was named Album of the Year at the rival Academy of Country Music Awards show. The album has sold 949,000 copies in 59 weeks.
Dave Matthews Band's Live In New York City debuts at #36. This is Matthews' 13th live album to make The Billboard 200. That's not a record, by the way. The Grateful Dead has charted with 23 live albums. Other acts that have a large number of charted live albums include Phish, with 21, and Pearl Jam, with 19.Loretta Lynn & Friends' Coal Miner's Daughter: Tribute bows at #46. Elvis Presley's Viva Elvis debuts at #48. Quincy Jones' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra bows at #86.
Presley first charted in March 1956 with Elvis Presley. Jones first charted in December 1962 with Big Band Bossa Nova. Lynn first charted in March 1967 with You Ain't Woman Enough.
"Coal Miner's Daughter" was a #1 country hit for Lynn in December 1970. It was also the title of a 1980 movie about Lynn that brought Sissy Spacek an Oscar for Best Actress.
The Country Strong soundtrack jumps from #123 to #114. It's the week's top soundtrack to a theatrically-released movie. Gwyneth Paltrow (backed by Vince Gill) sang the title song on the CMA broadcast. The song enters Hot Digital Songs at #127. (Hannah Montana Forever, which drops from #26 to #33, is the #1 soundtrack overall for the second week in a row.)
Song Scorecard: Two #1 hits from 2008, P!nk's "So What" and "Lollipop" by Lil Wayne featuring Static Major, top the 4 million mark in paid downloads this week.
Megamind was #1 at the box-office for the second weekend in a row. The soundtrack has yet to show signs of life.Rascal Flatts' Nothing Like This, Keith Urban's Get Closer, Josh Groban's Illuminations, Kid Rock's Born Free and Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album. Also due: Nelly's 5.0, A Day To Remember's What Separates Me From You, Bruce Springsteen's The Promise: The Darkness At The Edge Of Town Story, P!nk's Greatest Hits...So Far!!, Lee DeWyze's Live It Up, Chris Tomlin's And If Our God Is For Us, Norah Jones' Featuring Norah Jones, Pink Martini's Joy To The World, Cassidy's C.A.S.H. and Annie Lennox's A Christmas Cornucopia.
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