Allan, 45, is far from an overnight success. He first cracked the pop and country album charts in 1996 with Used Heart For Sale. Set You Free is his fifth top five album on The Billboard 200, following Tough All Over (#3 in 2005), Greatest Hits (#5 in 2007), Living Hard (#3 in 2007) and Get Off On The Pain (#5 in 2010). It’s his third #1 on Top Country Albums, following Tough All Over and Greatest Hits.
Allan’s “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” jumps to #1 on this week’s Hot Country Songs chart. It's Allan's first #1 country hit since 2004’s “Nothing On But The Radio.”
Both 19 and Sigh No More broke into the top five following the Grammy Awards. Adele scored in the week after she won six awards last year. Mumford & Sons scored in the week that ended on Grammy night two years ago. The band didn’t win anything, but made a strong impression in its performance segment with Bob Dylan and the Avett Brothers.
The Lumineers’ album has been boosted by the sleeper smash “Ho Hey,” which has spent four (non-consecutive) weeks at #3 on the Hot 100.
Pitch Perfect holds at #3 for the second week. (Coincidentally, Pitch Perfect peaked at #3 on the box-office rankings the weekend of Oct. 5-7, when it went wide.) It’s #1 on Top Soundtracks for the second week in a row. It’s also #1 on Top Digital Albums for the second time in three weeks. The album sold 38K digital copies this week (out of 44K total copies sold this week).
Les Miserables drops from #6 to #10. The soundtrack holds at #1 for the second week on the Official U.K. Chart. It’s the first soundtrack from a movie that was based on a stage musical to reach #1 in the U.K. since Madonna’s Evita achieved the feat in February 1997. (That album peaked at #2 in the U.S.)
Three of the 22 songs on the Grammy compilation are drawn from albums that are listed in this week’s top 10. The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” also appears on their album at #2. Mumford & Sons’ “I Will Wait” also appears on their album at #6. Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” also appears on her album at #9.
Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Gary Allan’s Set You Free debuts at #1 (106K). It’s the country star’s fifth top five album…The Lumineers’ The Lumineers jumps from #7 to #2 in its 43rd week (50K). This is its fifth week in the top 10…The Pitch Perfect soundtrack holds at #3 for the second week in its 14th chart week (44K). This is its fifth week in the top 10…2013 Grammy Nominees debuts at #4 (41K). It’s the 12th installment in this long-running franchise to reach the top 10… Kidz Bop Kids’ Kidz Bop 23 drops from #2 to #5 in its second week (40K).
The Second Five: Mumford & Sons’ Babel rebounds from #9 to #6 in its 18th week (38K). This is its 12th week in the top 10… A$AP Rocky’s Long.Live.A$AP drops from #1 to #7 in its second week (38K)... Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox drops from #5 to #8 in its seventh week (36K). It has ranked in the top 10 the entire time…Taylor Swift’s Red drops from #4 to #9 in its 14th week (32K). It has ranked in the top 10 the entire time…The Les Miserables soundtrack drops from #6 to #10 in its sixth week (27K). This is its fifth week in the top 10.
Two albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Phillip Phillips’ The World From The Side Of The Moon drops from #8 to #16. One Direction’s Take Me Home drops from #10 to #13.
12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief re-enters the chart at #18 in the wake of the release of the two-disk CD set. As a digital-only release, the album debuted and peaked at #9 in December. I think the format of these all-star benefit concerts is simply overly familiar. Can the format be reinvented or has it simply run its course?
Bad Religion’s True North debuts at #19. It’s the veteran punk group’s first top 30 album. The band first charted in 1994, but it released its first album way back in 1982.
Casting Crowns’ Acoustic Session, Volume 1 debuts at #35. Kurt Carr’s Bless This House bows at #43. Trapt’s Reborn debuts at #44.
Hansel & Gretel was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
One Direction’s Up All Night—The Live Tour returns to #1 on Top Music Videos. This is its 30th week on top, which is longer than any other title since this chart originated (as Top Music Videocassettes) in March 1995. It surpasses Ray Stevens’ Comedy Video Classics, which logged 29 weeks on top in 1993-1994.
Coming Attractions: Justin Bieber will land his fifth #1 album next week. Believe Acoustic is expected to post first-week sales in the 190K range. Andrea Bocelli’s Passione will probably debut at #2 with sales of 85K. This will match the peak position of 2009’s My Christmas. Tegan and Sara’s Heartthrob will probably open at #3 with sales of 40K. Charlie Wilson’s Love, Charlie will probably open at #6 with sales of 30K. Also due: Colton Dixon's A Messenger, Local Natives’ Hummingbird and Get Up! by Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite.
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