This is Wayne's second #1 album, following 2008's Tha Carter III. The CD includes three extra tracks that weren't on the 10-song digital edition.
Radiohead's In Rainbows vaulted from #156 to #1 in January 2008. It was forced onto the chart a week early because some retailers jumped the gun and sold it before it official release date.
I Am Not A Human Being is also the first album to debut in the top 10, fall out of the top 10 and then come back to reach #1 for the first time since Daughtry's Daughtry four years ago. That album debuted high originally because of the strong impression that Chris Daughtry had made on American Idol. It came back strong because of the popularity of the single "It's Not Over."
Pearl Jam's Vitalogy, which debuted at #55 in November 1994 purely on the sale of vinyl LPs. It fell to #173 in its second week and then vaulted to #1 in its third week when the CD and cassette were finally released.
Lil Wayne is 28. Will he ever be too old to have "Lil" as part of his name? I guess that hasn't exactly been his biggest concern lately.
Taylor Swift's "Back To December" enters Hot Digital Songs at #1, with first-week sales of 242,000 copies. It's Swift's third #1 on this chart so far this year. "Today Was A Fairytale" debuted at #1 in January. "Mine" debuted at #1 in August. Swift is the first artist to top the digital chart three times in 2010. Eminem, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and will.i.am have each done it twice (combining lead and featured credits). The last artist to land three #1 digital hits in a calendar year was Lady Gaga last year. "Mine" and "Back To December" will appear on Swift's Speak Now album, which will be released next week (and will chart in two weeks).
Another Swift song, "Mean," was released yesterday and will undoubtedly debut high on next week's chart. Could it become Swift's fourth #1 digital hit of 2010? Stay tuned.
Hootie & the Blowfish topped the chart with Fairweather Johnson in May 1996. That was Hootie's second #1 album in a row, following 1995's monster hit Cracked Rear View. Rucker's album is his second in a row to debut at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart. Learn To Live spent its first two weeks at #1 in September 2008. Rucker has thus equaled Hootie's achievement of landing back-to-back #1 albums, albeit on different charts. It's not easy to build a second career in a different format.Charley Pride. But Pride never cracked the top 10 on the Billboard 200. His highest-charting album was Just Plain Charley, which hit #22 in 1970.
Rucker's first-week tally includes 32,000 digital copies. That makes it #1 on this week's Digital Albums chart. It's only the second country album to top that chart this year, following a Johnny Cash album in February.
Miranda Cosgrove's Sparks Fly bowed (and peaked) at #8 in May. (Cosgrove starred in iCarly, which debuted on the channel in 2007.)
BTR is the week's #1 soundtrack, according to Nielsen/SoundScan. The top soundtrack to a theatrically-released movie is The Social Network, which rebounds from #109 to #70 in its third week. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross composed the music.
Eminem's Recovery dips to #5 in its 17th week in the top 10. That's a nice birthday present from Eminem's fans to the rap star, who turned 38 on the last day of the tracking period.
Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" this week tops the 3 million mark in paid downloads. The song has sold 3,087,000 digital copies, which is even more than Cruz's first hit, "Break Your Heart" (featuring Ludacris), which has sold 3,049,000. This must be especially gratifying to Cruz because this time he did it without a superstar assist. Both songs are featured on Cruz's album Rokstarr, which has sold a disappointing 128,000 copies.Far*East Movement featuring The Cataracs & Dev dips to #2 on Hot Digital Songs. The song sold 223,000 downloads this week, bringing its 17-week total to 1,397,000. The Asian-American act's album, Free Wired, enters the Billboard 200 this week at a mediocre #24. It sold just 17,000 copies. (That's two items in a row about acts with massive singles and modest-selling albums. Yikes).
Thirteen songs from Glee are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by a version of "Lucky" by Chord Overstreet and Dianna Agron which debuts at #13. The original version by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat re-enters the chart at #75. It has sold 1,642,000 copies to date. It won a Grammy in February as Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" tops the 1 million mark in paid downloads this week. It's the first Glee recording to reach that plateau. On Friday, I'll have a Chart Watch Extra in which I count down the top 20 Glee songs with the most paid downloads. Gleeks of the world, let your Gleek flag fly. Check it out on Friday. Nelly's "Just A Dream" rebounds from #5 to #3 (170K). Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are" dips from #3 to #4 (165K). Rihanna's "Only Girl (In The World)" jumps from #6 to #5 (157K). P!nk's "Raise Your Glass" vaults from #59 to #6 (129K). Flo Rida featuring David Guetta's "Club Can't Handle Me" holds at #7 for the third week (119K). Usher featuring Pitbull's "DJ Got Us Falling In Love" holds at #8 for the second week (109K). Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj's "Bottom Up" jumps from #11 to #9 (107K). Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" holds at #10 for the second week (105K).
Cee-Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" holds at #1 in the U.K. for the second week. It holds at #12 on Hot Digital Songs.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.Lil Wayne, I Am Not A Human Being, 125,000. The album rebounds from #16 to #1 in its third week. Eight songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Right Above It" (featuring Drake), which holds at #28. Darius Rucker, Charleston, SC 1966, 101,000. This new entry is Rucker's fifth top 10 album (counting three '90s releases with Hootie & the Blowfish). Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "This," which debuts at #48. Big Time Rush, BTR, 67,000. This new entry is the teen quartet's debut album. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Til I Forget About You" jumps rom #109 to #79. "Boyfriend" debuts at #157. Eminem, Recovery, 50,000. The former #1 album dips from #4 to #5 in its 17th week. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Love The Way You Lie" (featuring Rihanna), which dips from #13 to #14. Kenny Chesney, Hemingway's Whiskey, 40,000. The former #1 album drops from #2 to #6 in its third week. "Boys Of Fall" drops from #55 to #68 in its 11th week on Hot Digital Songs. Sufjan Stevens, The Age Of Adz, 36,000. This new entry is Stevens' first top 10 album. His previous highest-charting title, the All Delighted People EP, reached #27 earlier this year. Zac Brown Band, You Get What You Give, 34,000. The former #1 album drops from #5 to #8 in its fourth week. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "As She's Walking Away" (featuring Alan Jackson) jumps from #65 to #64. "Free" drops from #152 to #169. Toby Keith, Bullets In The Gun, 30,000. The former #1 album drops from #1 to #9 in its second week. All That Remains, ...For We Are Many, 29,000. This new entry is the metal band's first top 10 album. Overcome peaked at #16 in 2008.
Six albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Bruno Mars' Doo-Wops & Hooligans drops from #3 to #12, Waka Flocka Flame's Flockaveli drops from #6 to #21, Linkin Park's A Thousand Suns drops from #7 to #11, Katy Perry's Teenage Dream drops from #8 to #16, Trey Songz' Passion, Pain & Pleasure drops from #9 to #13, and Selena Gomez & the Scene's A Year Without Rain drops from #10 to #14.
Belle & Sebastian's Write About Love debuts at #15. It's the veteran Scottish band's highest-charting album to date. Its previous highest-charting album was 2006's The Life Pursuit, which peaked at #65.
Lady Antebellum's A Merry Little Christmas bows at #23. The set is very likely to become the trio's third top five album. (Linda Ronstadt had a chart album with the same title in 2000.)...Michael W. Smith's It's A Wonderful Christmas vaults from #179 to #54. The 2009 album is #1 on this week's Catalog Albums chart. These are the week's top two holiday albums.
Robbie Williams this week lands his 12th #1 album in the U.K. (counting three with the boy band Take That). Williams achieves the feat with his new compilation In And Out Of Consciousness, Greatest Hits 1990-2010. Williams hasn't had nearly as much success in the U.S. His highest-charting solo album (Escapology) peaked at #43. The pop charts in the U.S. and the U.K. often agree, but they diverge on this 36-year old Englishman.
Jackass 3-D was #1 at the box-office over the weekend. The movie grossed $50,354,000, nearly twice as much as the second installment in the series, Jackass: Number Two, which bowed at #1 in September 2006. The soundtrack sold fewer than 1,000 copies this week, too few to make The Billboard 200.Sugarland's The Incredible Machine will probably debut at #1 next week, with Kings of Leon's Come Around Sundown close behind at #2. Both acts sold more than 2 million copies of their last studio albums. Four other albums are assured of top 10 debuts: Rod Stewart's Fly Me To The Moon: The Great American Songbook, Vol. 5, Elton John/Leon Russell's The Union, Glee: The Rocky Horror Glee Show and Shakira's Sale El Sol. Also looking for high debuts: Third Day's Move, Bob Dylan's Witmark Demo: 1962-1966 (Bootleg Series Vol. 9) and Miley Cyrus' Hannah Montana Forever.
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