Nothing But The Best debuted and peaked at #2 in May 2008. It was released to mark the 10th anniversary of Sinatra's death. The album has sold 1,111,000 copies.
Nothing But The Best vaults from #161 to #1 on Top Catalog Albums. It's Sinatra's first album to top the catalog chart in the Nielsen SoundScan era. It's also #1 on Top Digital Albums. All but 1K of the album's 40K sales this week were digital. The album has sold 278K digital copies to date, which is a little more than one-quarter of its total. (The digital percentage is a little higher than I would have expected, but Sinatra has broad appeal to fans of all ages.)
Sinatra's album includes the master's last three top 10 hits on the Hot 100: the sumptuous "Strangers In The Night," "That's Life" and "Somethin' Stupid," a history-making duet with daughter Nancy Sinatra. (In April 1967, it became the first collaboration of two individual stars to reach #1 on the Hot 100.)
Sinatra's unmatched career peaked circa 1966, 25 years before Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales for Billboard. Even so, he has sold 28,679,000 albums since 1991. Sinatra is the only artist whose career dates back to the 1940s to rank among the 200 best-selling artists in Nielsen SoundScan history.
Sinatra died in May 1998, but legendary artists never really die. It's sort of a perk of the profession.
In addition, Now Party Anthems debuts at #34 this week.
Now 43 includes two songs that reached #1 on the Hot 100: Katy Perry's "Part Of Me," which debuted at #1 in February, and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," which has reigned for the last nine weeks.
All 43 regular volumes in the series have made the top 10, as have five special Now albums: a collection of #1 hits, two volumes of country hits and two volumes of Christmas hits. This gives the Now franchise a total of 48 top 10 albums, which exceeds any other Various Artists franchise in history.
Here's an oddity: While 16 Now volumes have reached #1, the best-selling installment in the series, Now 5, peaked at #2. (It was blocked from the top spot by the Beatles' 1.) The album has sold 4,789,000 copies.
Now That's What I Call Music! originated in the U.K. The first volume was released in November 1983, 15 years before the series launched here. There have been nearly twice as many regular volumes in the U.K. (82) as in the U.S.
Elle Varner's first studio album Perfectly Imperfect debuts at #4. Varner, 23, has had two top 20 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart: "Refill" and "Only Wanna Give It To You" (featuring J. Cole).
Justin Bieber's Believe drops from #3 to #7 in its eighth week, but it advances to #5 on the year-to-date list of top albums.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Now 43 debuts at #1 (111K)…Rick Ross' God Forgives, I Don't dips from #1 to #2 in its second week (60K).…Frank Sinatra's Nothing But The Best re-enters the chart at #3 (40K). This is its fourth week in the top 10… Elle Varner's Perfectly Imperfect debuts at #4 (33K). This is the R&B singer's first top 10 album…. Colt Ford's Declaration Of Independence debuts at #5 (31K). It's the country singer's first top 10 album
The Second Five: Zac Brown Band's Uncaged drops from #2 to #6 in its fifth week (31K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time…Justin Bieber's Believe drops from #3 to #7 in its eighth week (29K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time…One Direction's Up All Night drops from #4 to #8 in its 22nd week (29K). This is its 21st week in the top 10… Adele's 21 dips from #8 to #9 in its 77thweek (26K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… …Kidz Bop Kids' Kidz Bop 22 drops from #7 to #10 in its fourth week (23K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time.
Four albums drop out of the top 10 this week. As previously mentioned, Bee Gees' Number Ones plummets from #5 to #195. Nas' Life Is Good drops from #6 to #13. Joss Stone's The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2 dives from #10 to #54 and Maroon 5's Overexposed drops from #9 to #11.
Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More rebounds from #41 to #20 in its 125th week. This is its highest ranking in nearly a year. The resurgence follows news reports that the group's sophomore album, Babel, is due Sept. 25. Sigh No More has sold an impressive 2,377,000 copies. It peaked at #2 on The Billboard 200. I hereby predict that Babel is going to debut at #1. (Another indication: the group's new single, "I Will Wait," enters Hot Digital Songs at #4 this week.)
Pink Floyd's 1973 classic The Dark Side Of The Moon re-enters the chart at #35, its highest ranking since October…The Sparkle soundtrack drops from #26 to #42 in its second week. It's #1 on Top Soundtracks for the second week. The soundtrack from the original Sparkle was the top-ranking soundtrack for 20 weeks in 1976.
One Direction's DVD Up All Night: The Live Tour is #1 for the 11th week on Top Music Videos. It sold 11K copies this week, bringing its 11-week total to 257K.
The Bourne Legacy was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
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