Johnson, 38, first topped the chart in 2006 with the Curious George soundtrack. He returned to #1 with 2008's Sleep Through The Static and 2010's To The Sea. For all his success with albums, he's had just two top 40 singles: "Upside Down" (from Curious George) and "You And Your Heart."
Three other natives of Hawaii have had top 10 albums. Nicole Scherzinger reached the top 10 as part of two female groups: Eden's Crush (#6 in 2001) and the Pussycat Dolls (#5 in 2005 and #4 in 2008). Bette Midler climbed as high as #2 in 1989 with her highest-charting album, the Beaches soundtrack. Arthur Lyman rose as high as #6 in 1959 with Taboo.
All of the above-named Hawaiians were born in Honolulu, except for Johnson, who was born on the North Shore of Oahu. (Martin Denny, whose Exotica topped the chart for five weeks in 1959, lived in Hawaii for more than 50 years, but was born in New York.)
Johnson's album sold 80K digital copies (out of 117K total), which also puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums.
Shifting gears, country music accounts for five albums in this week's top 10. That's remarkable because it's not, say, the week following the Country Music Assn. Awards. But, as we've seen, country sells week-in and week-out.
All three of Moore's albums have made the top 10. Justin Moore hit #10 in August 2009. Outlaws Like Me hit #5 in June 2011. Moore's album enters Top Country Albums at #1, displacing Keith Urban's Fuse. It's Moore's second #1 country album. Outlaws Like Me interrupted Jason Aldean's run at #1 with My Kinda Party in the summer of 2011.
Chris Young's fourth studio album, A.M., debuts at #3. It's his second top five album in a row. Neon hit #4 in July 2011. (We nearly had two albums with nearly identical titles in the top 10 at the same time. Arctic Monkeys' AM drops from #6 to #28 in its second week.)
Avicii's debut album, True, debuts at #5. The Swedish DJ has a top five hit on the Hot 100, "Wake Me Up!" Guests on the album include Nile Rodgers and Adam Lambert. (Spandau Ballet's 1983 album True peaked at #19.)
Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Jack Johnson's From Here To Now To You debuts at #1 (117K). It’s his sixth top 10 album…Justin Moore’s Off The Beaten Path debuts at #2 (97K). It's his third top 10 album…Chris Young's A.M. debuts at #3 (53K). It's his second top 10 album… MMG: Self Made 3 debuts at #4 (50K). All three volumes have made the top 10… Avicii's True debuts at #5 (50K). It's his first top 10 album.
The Second Five: Luke Bryan's Crash My Party drops from #4 to #6 in its sixth week (47K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time…2 Chainz's B.O.A.T.S. 2# METIME drops from #3 to #7 in its second week (35K)…Keith Urban's Fuse drops from #1 to #8 in its second week (31K)… The Weeknd's Kiss Land drops from #2 to #9 in its second week (26K)…Billy Currington’s We Are Tonight debuts at #10 (26K). It's his second top 10 album.
Five other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Janelle Monae's The Electric Lady drops from #5 to #23. Sheryl Crow's Feels Like Home drops from #7 to #24. Tamar Braxton’s Love & War drops from #8 to #11. Ariana Grande’s Yours Truly drops from #9 to #15. John Legend’s Love In The Future drops from #10 to #13.
MGMT’s third studio album, MGMT, debuts at #14. It’s their second top 20 album in a row. Congratulations reached #2 in April 2010.
The Devil Wears Prada's fifth studio album, 8:18, debuts at #20. It's their fourth top 20 album or EP.
Grouplove’s second studio album, Spreading Rumours, debuts at #21. The act's debut, the intriguingly titled Never Trust A Happy Song, reached #75.
Assuming those two make it next week, that would be just five million-selling albums in the first nine months of the year. That is, to put it mildly, not so hot. But, amazingly, it would be better than last year, when there were only three million-selling albums in the first nine months of the year. It would put 2013 on par with 2011, when there were also five million-sellers in the first nine months.
Without going back to the boom years, when albums were selling like, well, albums, let's look at the number of million-selling albums in the first nine months of each calendar year since 2004, per Nielsen SoundScan's official counts. 2004: 36; 2005: 27; 2006: 28; 2007: 20; 2008: 11; 2009: 11; 2010: 8; 2011: 5; 2012: 3; 2013: 5 (projected).
America, you're just going to have to buy more albums.
The Great Gatsby: Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film drops from #39 to #66 in its 20th week. It’s the week’s highest-ranking soundtrack from a theatrically-released movie for the 10th non-consecutive week.
Madonna's MDNA World Tour holds at #1 on Top Music Videos for the second week. The video sold 3K copies this week amid reports of manufacturing defects. At least those reports let people know that a) Madonna has a music video out and b) they still make music videos. Madonna's MDNA album logged one week atop The Billboard 200 in April 2012.
Prisoners was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
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