Drake's album rang up the third-biggest one-week sales tally so far in 2011. His tally is topped only by Lady Gaga's discount-boosted Born This Way (1,108,000) and Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV (964,000). This proves that, for all the talk about the flat economy and depressed album sales, fans still turn out for an album by a hot artist.
Drake's first-week tally includes 265K digital copies, which constitutes the seventh highest one-week total in digital history. In addition, 16 songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs.
Hits' Roy Trakin notes that Take Care is, improbably, the second #1 album in a row by a Jewish rapper. Drake follows Mac Miller, who took the top spot last week with Blue Slide Park.
British acts also account for three albums in the top 10, thanks to Adele, Coldplay and Susan Boyle. Italy's Andrea Bocelli also holds down a spot in the top 10. American acts, however, are missing from the top 10, unless you count the cast of Glee.
Let me back up and give you a little more info about a few of these albums. Adele's album this week becomes the first album to spend its first 39 weeks in the top five in the history of The Billboard 200. It surpasses Michael Jackson's Bad, which spent its first 38 weeks in the top five in 1987-1988. Adele's album will probably be forced out of the top five next week by all the debuts, so she made it right under the wire.
Buble's album is the first holiday album to spend two weeks at #2 without (yet) hitting #1 since Andrea Bocelli's My Christmas, which logged five weeks at #2 in 2009. Buble's album fares better in the U.K., where it moves up to #1. It's Buble's second U.K. #1, following 2009's Crazy Love.
This is the first album recorded live in Central Park to reach the top five. Three others have made the top 30. Simon & Garfunkel's The Concert In Central Park hit #6 in April 1982. Dave Matthews Band's The Central Park Concert hit #14 in 2003. Barbra Streisand's A Happening In Central Park hit #30 in December 1968. Another album rates an honorable mention. Sheryl Crow and Friends' Live From Central Park hit #107 in December 1999.
This is the first time that three holiday albums have appeared in the top 10 simultaneously since last November and December, when Susan Boyle's The Gift, Jackie Evancho's O Holy Night and Glee: The Music: The Christmas Album were listed in the top 10 together for six straight weeks.
Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is covered on all three of the holiday albums in the top 10. Carey's original version of the song re-enters Hot Digital Songs this week. It will top the 2 million mark in digital sales in coming weeks. Brenda Lee also had a lot of hits, but is best known today for her wonderful 1958 recording "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree." It's quite possible that, for all her many hits, Carey will be best known 50 or more years from now for "All I Want For Christmas Is You." If that's the case, she is well served by this spirited song that perfectly captures the excitement of the season.link. link. I also forecast the noms in eight "genre album" categories, including R&B, rap and country. If you missed that one, here's a link.
Four songs enter Hot Digital Songs inside the top 10: "Take Care" by Drake featuring Rihanna, the Glee rendition of Adele's "Rumor Has It" /"Someone Like You," Rihanna's "You Da One" and Drake featuring Lil Wayne's "Motto." Which will also crack the top 10 on the Hot 100? You'll find out later today when we post Chart Watch: Songs.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
1. Drake, Take Care, 631,000. This new entry is Drake's second album in a row to debut at #1. Sixteen songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Take Care" (featuring Rihanna), which debuts at #4.
2. Michael Buble, Christmas, 165,000. The album holds at #2 for the second week. This is its fourth week in the top 10. The album has sold 518K copies in its first four weeks.
3. Adele, 21, 113,000. The former #1 album rebounds from #5 to #3 in its 39th week. It has been in the top five the entire time. Five songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Someone Like You," which drops from#6 to #8.
4. Andrea Bocelli, Concerto One Night In Central Park, 87,000. This new entry is Bocelli's sixth top 10 album. It's Bocelli's highest-charting live album, surpassing Vivere: Live In Tuscany, which hit #22 in 2008.
5. Justin Bieber, Under The Mistletoe, 84,000. The former #1 album rebounds from #6 to #5. This is its third week in the top 10. "Mistletoe" drops from #62 to #69 on Hot Digital Songs.
6. TV Soundtrack, Glee: The Music: The Christmas Album, Volume 2, 71,000. This new entry is the 12th Glee album or EP to make the top 10. The Glee version of Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" debuts at #134.
7. Various Artists, Now 40, 71,000. The album drops from #3 to #7 in its second week. The album has sold 190K copies in its first two weeks.
8. Soundtrack, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, 61,000. The album drops from #4 to #8 in its second week. It's the highest-charting soundtrack to a theatrically-released movie for the second week. The movie was #1 at the box-office over the weekend. Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" jumps from #8 to #3 on Hot Digital Songs.
9. Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto, 54,000. The former #1 album dips from #8 to #9 in its fourth week. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Paradise" jumps from #21 to #20. "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" jumps from #176 to #166.
10. Susan Boyle, Someone To Watch Over Me, 52,000. The album drops from #7 to #10 in its third week. The album has sold 254K copies in its first three weeks.
Mac Miller's Blue Slide Park plummets from #1 to #24 in its second week. It's the first album to fall from #1 straight out of the top 10 since Amos Lee's Mission Bell tumbled from #1 to #26 in February. Two other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Romeo Santos' Formula Vol. 1 drops from #9 to #19 and Il Divo's Wicked Game drops from #10 to #21.
Childish Gambino's Camp debuts at #11. Childish Gambino is the hip-hop alter ego of actor Donald Glover, who co-stars on the NBC series Community. His "Heartbeat" enters Hot Digital Songs at #193.…Scotty McCreery's Clear As Day rebounds from #14 to #13 in its seventh week. It's #1 on Top Country Albums for the fourth week. That's the longest run at #1 on the country chart for an album by an American Idol contestant since Carrie Underwood's 2005 debut Some Hearts stayed on top for 27 weeks. McCreery is starting to look like a real country star in the making.
Webbie's third album, Savage Life 3, bows at #17. The first two Savage Life albums both made the top 10.
Susan Boyle's 2010 album The Gift rebounds from #36 to #32. It moves up to #1 on Top Catalog Albums. All but three of the albums in the top 20 on the catalog chart are holiday albums. The only exceptions are Adele's 19, Florence + the Machine's Lungs and Michael Jackson's Number Ones.
Gym Class Heroes' The Papercut Chronicles II opens at #54. This is a very disappointing debut, given the success of the album's 2-million-selling single "Stereo Hearts" (featuring Adam Levine)…R.E.M.'s Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011 debuts at #55. That's also a disappointing debut, given the amount of publicity the group received when it announced it was calling it quits.link to Joel's site.
Rush's Time Machine 2011 is #1 on Top Music Videos for the second straight week.
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