It's increasingly common for albums to fade quickly after big (or even not-so-big) first weeks. Of the five albums that debuted in the top 10 last week, only Babel remains. Albums by Lupe Fiasco and Deadmau5 also drop out this week.
This is particularly bad news for Green Day and Lupe Fiasco, whose albums have sequels scheduled for release. If the first installment drops out of the top 10 after one week, that doesn't exactly bode well for the series.
And of course, there are a few smash albums that are really defying the trends. Adele's 21, which ranks #14 this week, has sold 9,875,000 copies. Mumford & Sons' previous album, Sigh No More, which ranks #20, has sold 2,497,000 copies.
How high can Babel go on the year-to-date chart before the year ends? Adele's 21 has a seemingly insurmountable lead, having sold 4,052,000 copies so far this year. Taylor Swift's Red, which is due Oct. 22, could easily wind up #2 for the year. Swift's last two albums, Fearless and Speak Low, each sold more than 2 million copies in the closing weeks of the year.
Shameless Plug: I previewed the year-end album chart in a Chart Watch Extra that went up Friday.
Babel sold 88K digital copies this week, putting it at #1 on Top Digital Albums for the second week. This brings its digital sales, after just two weeks, to 508K. Mumford & Sons' previous album, Sigh No More, took 53 weeks to sell 500K digital copies. Only one other album in digital history has sold 500K copies this quickly. That was Lady Gaga's Born This Way, which did it in just one week in May 2011 (boosted by a 99-cent sale at Amazon MP3, which accounted for an estimated 400K of its 662K first-week digital sales).
Both Mumford & Sons and Muse are British. Billboard's Keith Caulfield notes that this marks the first time that British rock bands have held down the top two spots on The Billboard 200 since May 9, 1992, when Def Leppard's Adrenalize was in its fourth week at #1 and The Cure's Wish debuted at #2.
Miguel's sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream debuts at #3. It's his first top 10 album. 2010's All I Want Is You peaked at #37. In the past 18 months, Miguel has amassed three #1 hits on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: "Sure Thing," Wale's "Lotus Flower Bomb," on which he was featured, and "Adorn." Incidentally, Sara Bareilles had a #1 album in September 2010 titled Kaleidoscope Heart.
(How about Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, who are widely regarded as the two greatest female jazz singers of all time? Fitzgerald had two top 10 albums: South Pacific (a 1949 collabo with Bing Crosby, among others) and Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues (a 1955 collabo with Peggy Lee). Holiday never had a charted album in her lifetime. Her first and highest-charting album was The Billie Holiday Story, which reached #85 in 1973, when the bio-pic Lady Sings The Blues was in theaters.)
Glad Rag Doll enters Top Traditional Jazz Albums at #1. It's Krall's 10th #1 album on that chart.
Pop Quiz: Only one other artist in chart history has amassed three top 10 albums at such a young age. He fronted a group. Name that artist. Answer below.
Songs From The Silver Screen fell short of the #2 debuts of Evancho's first two releases, 2010's O Holy Night and 2011's Dream With Me. What's the problem? For one thing, the album title is terribly stodgy. Nobody uses stilted phrases like that anymore. (I hope they don't call her inevitable Broadway collection Songs From The Great White Way.)
Artists have been recording top 10 albums filled with movie songs almost as long as there have been albums. Rosemary Clooney and Harry James had a hit album in1952 titled Hollywood's Best (it consisted of Oscar-winners for Best Song). Percy Faith and His Orchestra scored in 1953 with Music From Hollywood. A recent example is Barbra Streisand's 2003 album The Movie Album.
Two artists who are signed to Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment are listed in this week's top 10. There's the aforementioned Jackie Evancho and also Cher Lloyd, whose Sticks & Stones debuts at #9. The album reached #4 on the Official U.K. chart. Lloyd's "Want U Back" peaked at #12 on the Hot 100. Other current artists on Syco's roster include Il Divo, Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle and One Direction, all of whom have had #1 albums on The Billboard 200.
Van Morrison's Born To Sing: No Plan B debuts at #10. It's the rock veteran's second top 10 album. Morrison first cracked the top 10 in April 2008 (after more than 40 years of chart success) with Keep It Simple. Morrison first cracked The Billboard 200 in October 1967 with Blowin' Your Mind!.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Mumford & Sons' Babel holds at #1 for the second week (169K)…. Muse's The 2nd Law debuts at #2 (102K). It's the band's third top 10 album…Miguel's Kaleidoscope Dream debuts at #3 (71K). It's his first top 10 album… P!nk's The Truth About Love holds at #4 for the second week in its third week (52K)… Three Days Grace's Transit Of Venus debuts at #5 (48K). It's the band's third top 10 album.
The Second Five: Diana Krall's Glad Rag Doll debuts at #6 (46K). It's her fifth top 10 album…Jackie Evancho's Songs From The Silver Screen debuts at #7 (41K). It's her third top 10 album or EP… Little Big Town's Tornado rebounds from #9 to #8 in its fourth week (31K). It's #1 on Top Country Albums for the fourth week… Cher Lloyd's Sticks & Stones debuts at #9 (31K). It's her first top 10 album… Van Morrison's Born To Sing: No Plan B debuts at #10 (29K). It's his second top 10 album.
Seven albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Green Day's Uno! drops from #2 to #11, No Doubt's Push And Shove drops from #3 to #13, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1 drops from #5 to #18, deadmau5's >album title goes here< drops from #6 to #28, Kanye West Presents GOOD Music Cruel Summer drops from #7 to #12, Dave Matthews Band's Away From The World drops from #8 to #19 and The Killers' Battle Born drops from #10 to #29.
Papa Roach's The Connection debuts at #17. It's the band's sixth top 20 album…Heart's Fanatic debuts at #24. The veteran band is vying for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…Cody Simpson's Paradise debuts at #27. Simpson, 15, is an Australian pop singer and budding teen heartthrob.
Michael Jackson's 1987 album Bad drops from #52 to #85 in its 98th week on the chart. This is its third straight week at #1 on Top Catalog Albums. The 25th anniversary edition, Bad 25, which is listed separately, drops off The Billboard 200 after just two appearances. Ouch.
One Direction's Up All Night—The Live Tour holds at #1 on Top Music Videos for the 18th week in its 19-week chart run.
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