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Week Ending July 28, 2013. Albums: Selena Bumps Jay Z

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Women have been doing so well on The Billboard 200 in recent years that it’s hard to believe that it took until this week for a female solo artist to land a #1 album in 2013. Selena Gomez’s Stars Dance is the first album by a female solo artist to reach #1 since Taylor Swift’s Red wound up a seven-week run on top in the week ending Dec. 30. In the intervening seven months, two groups that include women have hit #1: Paramore (featuring Hayley Williams) and Lady Antebellum (featuring Hillary Scott).

Stars Dance displaces Jay Z’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail, which dips to #2 following two weeks on top.

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This is the latest in the year we’ve had to wait for a female solo artist to land a #1 album since 1992 (which was, coincidentally, the year Gomez was born). That year, no women made it until Dec. 6, when Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard reached #1. (Note: These dates are Nielsen SoundScan’s “week ending” dates, not Billboard’s issue dates, which run 13 days later. Going by Billboard issue dates, Red was #1 the first two weeks of January.)

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Stars Dance is Gomez’s first #1 album. It’s also her first solo album. It follows three top albums which were credited to Selena Gomez & The Scene, all of which made the top 10. The new album includes Gomez’s first top 10 hit on the Hot 100, “Come & Get It,” which reached #6. It has sold 1,858,000 copies to date.

Gomez was named after Tejano star Selena, who had a #1 album of her own almost exactly 18 years ago. Selena’s Dreaming Of You debuted at #1 in July 1995, a few months after she was shot to death by the founder of her fan club. (I still have a hard time wrapping my head around that one.)

Stars Dance sold 54K digital copies (out of 97K total), which allows it to enter Top Digital Albums at #1.

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Gomez rose to fame on the Disney Channel series Wizards Of Waverly Place, which aired from 2007-2012. Justin Timberlake, who got his start on the Disney Channel revival of The Mickey Mouse Club (1993-1994), is also in the top 10 this week. And the soundtrack to the Disney Channel movie, Teen Beach Movie, vaults from #8 to #3 in its second week. It’s the highest-charting soundtrack from a made-for-TV movie since Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam hit #3 in August 2010. (That was likewise a Disney Channel production.)

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In the past decade, six other made-for-TV movies have spawned top five soundtracks. All were Disney Channel offerings. They are High School Musical (#1 in March 2006), The Cheetah Girls 2 (#5 in September 2006), Jump In! (#3 in February 2007), High School Musical 2 (#1 in September 2007), Camp Rock (#3 in July 2008) and Lemonade Mouth (#4 in May 2011).

Teen Beach Movie is #1 on Top Soundtracks for the second week. It’s the first TV soundtrack to head this chart for two weeks since Glee: The Music: The Graduation Album in May 2012.

Teen Beach Movie drew 8.4 million viewers when it first aired on July 19, making it the Disney Channel’s most watched original movie in four years. The soundtrack consists mostly of songs by the actors in the movie, including Maia Mitchell, Ross Lynch and Grace Phipps.

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Jay Z’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail dips to #2 following two weeks at #1. The album has sold 735K copies in its first three weeks, which pushes it up to #8 for the year-to-date. It’s one of two hip-hop albums in the top 10 for the year-to-date. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist is #6 on that tally, with sales of 737K so far this year. So, by next week, Magna Carta will be the best-selling hip-hop album so far this year.

Magna Carta is one of four albums in this week’s top 10 that is also in the top 10 for the year-to-date. The others are Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (#1 for the year-to-date), Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions (#4) and Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Good Times (#7).

and Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions (#4).

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Marc Anthony’s 12th studio album 3.0 debuts at #5. It’s Anthony’s first top 10 album since 2002. It’s also Anthony’s first salsa album to make the top 10. His previous top 10 albums were English-language pop albums. Marc Anthony reached #8 in October 1999. Mended hit #3 in June 2002.

3.0 is the first foreign-language album to crack the top five since Mana’s Drama Y Luz hit #5 in April 2011. Anthony’s previous highest-charting foreign-language album was Iconos, which hit #11 in 2010. Anthony’s ex-wife, Jennifer Lopez, reached #10 with a Spanish-language album, Como Ama Una Mujer, in April 2007.

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Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Good Times dips from #5 to #6. It holds at #1 on Top Country Albums for the sixth week. It’s the first album by a duo to log six weeks at #1 on the country chart since Sugarland’s Love On The Inside in the summer of 2008. It’s the first debut album to log six weeks at #1 on the country chart since Scotty McCreery’s Clear As Day in 2011.

Rich Gang debuts at #9. It’s the second compilation album from Young Money and Cash Money Entertainment to make the top 10. It follows We Are Young Money, which reached #9 in December 2009. The new album features such stars as Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, Tyga and Ace Hood.

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One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” enters Hot Digital Songs at #1, dethroning Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell, which had led the chart for eight weeks. “Best Song Ever” sold 322K copies, 10K more than “Blurred Lines.” But Thicke’s huge radio advantage will probably keep it at #1 on the Hot 100 for the eighth week. How high will “Best Song Ever” debut? And where will Ariana Grande’s “Baby I” open? You’ll find out later today when we post Chart Watch: Songs.

Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.

The Top Five: Selena Gomez’s Stars Dance debuts at #1 (97K). It’s her fourth top 10 album; her first as a solo artist…Jay Z’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail dips from #1 to #2 in its third week (77K). It has been in the top five the entire time…The Teen Beach Movie soundtrack jumps from #8 to #3 in its second week (57K)…Kidz Bop Kids’ Kidz Bop 24 dips from #3 to #4 in its second week (39K)…Marc Anthony’s 3.0 debuts at #5 (39K). This is his third top 10 album.

The Second Five: Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Good Times dips from #5 to #6 in its 34th week (30K). This is its ninth week in the top 10…Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions dips from #6 to #7 its 47th week (27K). This is its 16th week in the top 10…We Came As Romans’ Tracing Back Roots debuts at #8 (26K). It’s the band’s first top 10 album…Rich Gang debuts at #9 (24K)… Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience dips from #9 to #10 in its 19th week (21K). This is its 16th week in the top 10.

Four albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Sara Bareilles’ Blessed Unrest drops from #2 to #11…Ace Hood’s Trials & Tribulations drops from #4 to #26. J. Cole’s Born Sinner drops from #7 to #13. Cody Simpson’s Surfer’s Paradise plummets from #10 to #88. (In surf parlance, I think that’s called a wipe-out).

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An eponymous album by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros debuts at #14. It’s the group’s second album in a row to crack the top 20. Here hit #5 in May 2012.

Pitch Perfect inches up from #19 to #18 in its 40th week. It’s the highest-ranking soundtrack from a theatrically-released movie for the 22nd week. Anna Kendrick’s sleeper hit “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone)” has been in the top 10 on the Hot 100 for the past three weeks.

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The Rolling Stones’ Hyde Park Live, an iTunes exclusive, debuts at #19. It’s the band’s 11th live album to make the chart. The first was Got Live If You Want It! in December 1966. The highest-charting were 1977’s Love You Live and 1982’s “Still Life” (American Concert 1981), both of which reached #5.

Bob Marley & the Wailers’ 1984 compilation Legend jumps from #57 to #42 its 278th week on the chart. Legend holds at #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the fifth week in a row—and the sixth week so far this year. No other album has spent six weeks atop the catalog chart in 2013. This is its 119th week on top of the catalog chart in the Nielsen SoundScan era.

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Aerosmith’s Rock For The Rising Sun enters Top Music Videos at #1. Aerosmith has sold 31,702,000 albums since January 1991, a total equaled or surpassed by only one American band. That’s Metallica, which has sold 53,850,000 albums in this period. Aerosmith was formed in Boston; Metallica, in L.A.

The Wolverine was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.

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Coming Attractions: Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines will debut at #1 next week, with first-week sales in the 135K range. (Based on the strength of the single, I thought the tally would be about three times that.) Five Finger Death Punch’s The Wrong Side Of Heaven & The Righteous Side Of Hell, Volume One will open at #2 (100K). Three other albums are headed for top 10 debuts: Tech N9ne’s Something Else (#4, 55K), Backstreet Boys’ In A World Like This (#5, 50K) and Emblem3’s Nothing To Lose (#7, 40K).

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