Thus, Thomas reached #1 on The Billboard 200 on his own before he did it with the group that first made him famous. This is very unusual. Only one other musician who rose to prominence with a group has hit #1 on his own before hitting #1 with the group. That's Bobby Brown, who hit #1 in January 1989 with Don't Be Cruel. He returned to the top spot with the other members of New Edition in September 1996 with their reunion album, Home Again.
Shameless Plug: Thomas is the 26th musician to reach #1 on The Billboard 200 both as a solo artist and as a member of a group, duo or collective of artists (such as Ruff Ryders or The Firm). Later this morning, I'll post a Chart Watch Extra in which I look at these 26 artists.
Pop Quiz: Who was the first artist to reach #1 both as a solo artist and with a group? I'll give you a clue: His group was a famous jazz trio. If that clue gave it away, here's a second pop quiz for you: Who was the first female artist to reach #1 both as a solo artist and with a group? All will be revealed in the Chart Watch Extra.
Lecrae's sixth studio album, Gravity, debuts at #3. It's the Christian hip-hop music artist's first top 10 album. He reached #17 in 2010 with Rehab and #15 in 2011 with Rehab: The Overdose. Lecrae is featured on a song ("Forgiveness") on fellow Christian music artist tobyMac's Eye On It, which hit #1 last week (and drops to #8 this week.)
Maroon 5's Overexposed holds at #6 in its 11th week. The album debuted and peaked at #2 in July, behind Linkin Park's Living Things. But at this point, Overexposed has outsold its rival by more than 100K copies. It has sold 562K copies, compared to 455K for Living Things.
It's no secret that songs sell better than albums these days. Ten songs sold more copies this week than the week's #1 album by Matchbox Twenty. Seventy-four songs outsold this week's #10 album by Cat Power. A whopping 168 songs outsold this week's #30 album by Eric Church.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Matchbox Twenty's North debuts at #1 (95K). It's the group's fifth top 10 album; its first #1… Imagine Dragons' debut album Night Visions debuts at #2 (83K)… Lecrae's Gravity debuts at #3 (72K). It's his first top 10 album… Now 43 holds at #4 for the second week in its fourth week (35K). It has been in the top five the entire time… Carrie Underwood's Blown Away rebounds from #8 to #5 in its 19th week (29K). This is its eighth week in the top 10.
The Second Five: Maroon 5's Overexposed holds at #6 for the second week in its 11th week (29K). This is its 10th week in the top 10…2 Chainz' Based On A T.R.U. Story holds at #7 for the second week in its fourth week (26K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… tobyMac's Eye On It drops from #1 to #8 in its second week (26K)… Trey Songz's Chapter V drops from #3 to #9 in its third week (24K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time…Cat Power's Sun debuts at #10 (23K). This is her first top 10 album.
Four albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Slaughterhouse's Welcome To Our House dives from #2 to #23, Alanis Morissette's Havoc And Bright Lights drops from #5 to #29, .fun's Some Nights drops from #9 to #11, Adele's 21 drops from #10 to #13.
Animal Collective's Centipede Hz debuts at #16. It's the band's second studio album in a row to crack the top 20. Merriweather Post Pavilion reached #13 in 2009…Two Door Cinema Club's sophomore album, Beacon, debuts at #17. This is the group's first album to crack the U.S. chart. Its first album, Tourist History, reached the top 30 in Ireland and the U.K.
Melissa Etheridge's 4th Street Feeling debuts at #18. This is Etheridge's first regular studio album to fall short of the top 15 since 1992's Never Enough. (I'm discounting a 2008 Christmas album.). Etheridge is a big name (two Grammys and an Oscar). So how could her album have sold just 15K copies in its first week?
Chris Tomlin's 2010 album And If Our God Is For Us… drops from #20 to #27 in its 40th week. It's #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the second week. The album won a Grammy in February as Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. Incidentally, the title comes from Romans 8:31…The Sparkle soundtrack drops from #50 to #66 in its sixth week. The album is #1 on Top Soundtracks for the sixth week.
The Possession was #1 at the box-office for the second weekend.
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