One Direction's Midnight Memories enters The Billboard 200 at No. 1, enabling the English/Irish quintet to become the first boy band in chart history to land three No. 1 albums. Four earlier boy bands — New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, and Jonas Brothers — each had only two No. 1 albums.
Now for the numbers: Midnight Memories, which was among several albums that surely received a boost from Black Friday promotions and shopping frenzy, sold 546K copies in its first week; that's a tad more than the group's last album, Take Me Home, which sold 540K in its first week in November 2012. 1D is the first boy band to top 500K in first-week sales with back-to-back studio albums since Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync accomplished the feat more than a decade ago.
Midnight Memories is the sixth album to sell 500K copies in its first week so far this year. This is the first year in which six albums have sold 500K in their first weeks since 2008, when seven albums achieved the feat.
One Direction this week becomes the third act (and the first group) to sell 500K copies each of two different albums in 2013. (Take Me Home also tops the 500K mark in 2013 sales.) The first two were Luke Bryan and Justin Timberlake.
The album sold 275K digital copies, which puts it at No. 1 on Top Digital Albums. Take Me Home sold 242K digital copies in its first week.
Midnight Memories also enters The Official U.K. album chart at No. 1. It's the group's second album to top the charts in both the U.S. and the U.K., Take Me Home being their first to do so. (The group's first album, Up All Night, reached No. 1 in the U.S. but peaked at No. 2 in the U.K.) One Direction is also the first boy band to land two transatlantic No. 1 albums.
This is Brooks's first album since 2007's The Ultimate Hits, which likewise debuted (and peaked) at No. 3. It's his 15th top 10 album -- only two other country artists have had as many. George Strait leads with 18 and Tim McGraw's also had 15.
Duck The Halls holds at No. 4 for the third week. It remains at the peak of the Top Christmas Albums for its fourth week. The number of Christmas albums on The Billboard 200 creeps up from 46 to 48 this week. Can that number possibly go higher? We'll see.
The Top Five: One Direction's Midnight Memories debuts at No. 1 (546K). It's the boy band's third No. 1 album … Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 dips from No. 1 to No. 2 in its fourth week (199K). It has been in the top two the entire time … Garth Brooks's Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences debuts at No. 3 (164K). It's his 15th top 10 album …Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas holds at No. 4 for the third week in its fifth week (136K). … Katy Perry's Prism rebounds from No. 11 to No. 5 in its sixth week (136K). This is its fifth week in the top 10.
The Second Five: Kelly Clarkson'sWrapped In Red rebounds from No. 9 to No. 6 in its fifth week (131K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time … Lady Gaga's ARTPOP inches back up from No. 8 to No. 7 in its third week (116K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time … Luke Bryan's Crash My Party rebounds from No. 15 to No. 8 in its 16th week (109K). This is its 11th week in the top 10 … Miley Cyrus's Bangerz rebounds from No. 16 to No. 9 in its eighth week (79K). This is its fifth week in the top 10 … NOW 48 drops from No. 3 to No. 10 in its third week (77K).
Four other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Five Finger Death Punch's Wrong Side of Heaven & The Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2 drops from No. 2 to No. 34. Daughtry's Baptized drops from No. 6 to No. 22. Yo Gotti's I Am drops from No. 7 to No. 45. Cities 97 Sampler, Vol. 25 plunges from No. 10 completely off the chart. It sold out its limited, 40K pressing in its first week.
Speaking of "The Voice," Blake Shelton's Based on a True Story…, which rebounds from No. 32 to No. 20 in its 36th week, tops the 1 million mark in sales this week. It's the 10th album to hit this milestone in 2013. Three of the 10 are country, three hip-hop, two pop, and two rock. Shelton's album reached 1M much faster than his only previous million-seller, Red River Blue, which took two years to reach the milestone.
Pentatonix's PTXmas re-enters the chart at No. 29. That's a new peak for the EP, which debuted and initially peaked at No. 45 in November 2012. You may remember that the vocal ensemble's second album, PTX: Vol. II, debuted in the top 10 a few weeks ago.
Beyoncé'sLife Is But a Dream enters Top Music Videos at No. 1, just ahead of two other new arrivals. Black Sabbath's Live…Gathered in Their Masses opens at No. 2. Barbra Streisand's Back to Brooklyn bows at No. 4. Life Is But a Dream, which Beyoncé directed, aired on HBO in February. This is Beyoncé's fourth No. 1 on this chart, following Live At Wembley (five weeks on top in 2004), I Am…Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas (eight weeks in 2009-2010), and I Am…World Tour (nine weeks in 2010-2011). In addition, she had a No. 1 video with Destiny's Child's Live in Atlanta (two weeks in 2006).
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