This represents a huge advance for Tamar, whose debut album, Tamar, stalled at #127 in 2000. Love & War sold more copies this week (114K) than Tamar has in its entire run (96K).
It’s never easy to step out into your own when your sister is a famous, Grammy-winning star. Tamar didn’t use her last name on her 2000 album, presumably to de-emphasize the family connection. (She’s using it now.)
Tamar is 36, nine years younger than her famous sister. Tamar has sung backing vocals on Toni's last three studio albums.
Another pair of sisters—Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson—has achieved comparable success. Ashlee had a pair of #1 albums: 2004’s Autobiography and 2005’s I Am Me. Jessica, the higher-profile media star, never reached #1. She climbed as high as #2 with 2004’s In This Skin.
The lead single from Grande's album, “The Way” (featuring Mac Miller), reached #9 on the Hot 100. It has sold 1,720,000 copies, making it the #32 best-selling song for the year-to-date.
Grande is the second artist managed by Scooter Braun to land a #1 album. Justin Bieber has collected five of them.
Yours Truly sold 108K digital copies, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums.
John Legend’s fourth solo studio album, Love In The Future, debuts at #4. All four of these albums have made the top five. But, oddly for someone of Legend's stature, he has yet to land a #1 album. His highest-charting album, Once Again, reached #3 in 2006. Love In The Future is Legend's sixth top 10 album overall (counting a live album and a 2010 collabo with the Roots). Legend won a Grammy as Best New Artist of 2005.
Imagine Dragons' Night Visions begins its second year on The Billboard 200 by rebounding from #16 to #10. The album has sold 1,401,000 copies. The album's biggest hit, "Radioactive" is closing in on Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" as the best-selling rock song in digital history.
Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Ariana Grande’s Yours Truly debuts at #1 (138K). It’s her first top 10 album…. Tamar Braxton’s Love & War debuts at #2 (114K). It’s her first top 10 album…Nine Inch Nails’ Hesitation Marks debuts at #3 (107K). It’s the group’s sixth top 10 album… John Legend’s Love In The Future debuts at #4 (68K). It’s his sixth top 10 album…Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party drops from #2 to #5 in its fourth week (68K). It has been in the top five the entire time.
The Second Five: Jaheim’s Appreciation Day debuts at #6 (58K). It’s his fifth top 10 album…Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines drops from #5 to #7 in its sixth week (57K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… Avenged Sevenfold’s Hail To The King drops from #1 to #8 in its second week (42K)…Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience drops from #6 to #9 in its 25th week (38K). This is its 18th week in the top 10…Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions rebounds from #16 to #10 in its 53rd week (35K). This is its 19th week in the top 10.
Six albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Big Sean’s Hall Of Fame drops from #3 to #24. Juicy J’s Stay Trippy drops from #4 to #15. John Mayer’s Paradise Valley drops from #7 to #16. Alabama & Friends' Alabama & Friends drops from #8 to #29. Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox drops from #9 to #26. TGT’s Three Kings drops from #10 to #21.
Neko Case’s The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love debuts at #12. It’s her second top 20 album. Middle Cyclone hit #3 in March 2009. Case first charted in 2003 as a member of the New Pornographers. That group's highest-charting album was Challengers, which reached #34 in 2007.
Raheem DeVaughn’s fourth studio album, A Place Called Loveland, debuts at #22. All four albums have had the word "love" in their titles. The new album failed to match the top 10 status of DeVaughn's last two releases.
The Great Gatsby: Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film drops from #22 to #32 in its 18th week. It’s the week’s highest-ranking soundtrack from a theatrically-released movie for the eighth non-consecutive week.
Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans drops from #64 to #74 in its 151st week. It’s #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the ninth week. Mars recently wrapped his first headlining arena tour of North America.
One Direction's Up All Night—The Live Tour is #1 on Top Music Videos for the 32nd week. This is the longest any title has remained #1 since the chart was introduced (as Top Music Videocassettes) in March 1985.
Riddick was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
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