Bowie is one of the most celebrated artists of the rock era. He made the cover of TIME in 1983, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Bon Jovi hasn’t received any of those accolades. The band just sells albums (and concert tickets) year in and year out.
Bon Jovi is the third act from New Jersey to amass five or more #1 albums. The band trails Bruce Springsteen, who has had 10 #1 albums between 1980 and 2012, and Frank Sinatra, who had six between 1946 and 1966. Whitney Houston is in fourth place. She had four #1 albums between 1986 and 2009. (Bon Jovi, which demonstrated its state pride by titling its 1988 album New Jersey, is from Sayreville, N.J. Springsteen was born in Freehold, Sinatra in Hoboken and Houston in Newark.)
This marks the second time that Bon Jovi has annoyed rock critics by debuting at #1 ahead of a critically-lauded act. Lost Highway debuted at #1 in June 2007, beating out the White Stripes’ Icky Thump, which debuted and peaked at #2.
The Next Day is Bowie’s first studio album in nearly 10 years. Bowie first charted in April 1972 with Hunky Dory. He first cracked the top 40 in March 1973 with Space Oddity. He first reached the top 10 in July 1974 with Diamond Dogs.
Assuming this is also its peak, Bowie has now peaked at every position in the top five—except #1. His aforementioned 1976 album Station To Station hit #3, his 1983 album Let’s Dance peaked at #4. His 1974 hit Diamond Dogs reached #5.
The Next Day sold 41K digital copies, which put it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. What About Now sold 34K digital copies, to rank #2. It’s rare that an older act (Bon Jovi first charted in 1984, 12 years after Bowie) sells better in the digital sphere.
Luke Bryan’s Spring Break…Here To Party drops from #1 to #3 in its second week. It’s #1 on Top Country Albums for the second week. Bryan’s previous album, Tailgates & Tanlines, logged four weeks at #1 on the country chart.
Two Various Artists albums debut in this week’s top 10. Passion's Let The Future Begin opens at #4. The live album was recorded at the 2013 Passion Conference, an evangelical gathering, in Atlanta. The album features tracks by such Contemporary Christian stars as Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill and Matt Redman.
Incidentally, this isn’t the first album titled Real To Reel to chart. Tesla took an album with that title to #48 in June 2007.
Sound City—Real To Reel is also #1 on this week’s Top Music Videos chart. The video sold 12K copies this week, which constitutes the biggest one-week total so far this year.
Mindless Behavior’s All Around The World debuts at #6. It’s the R&B teen group’s second top 10 album. #1 Girl reached #7 in 2011.
Mumford & Sons’ Babel drops from #4 to #9. This is its 19th week in the top 10, which equals the mark set by the group’s previous album, Sigh No More. Will Babel surpass its predecessor next week? Stay tuned.
Hendrix was born in 1942 in Seattle. Clapton was born in 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England.
Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Bon Jovi’s What About Now debuts at #1 (96K). It’s the band’s 13th top 10 album (counting a solo project by Jon Bon Jovi)…David Bowie’s The Next Day debuts at #2 85K). It’s his seventh top 10 album…Luke Bryan’s Spring Break…Here To Party drops from #1 to #3 in its second week (61K)… Passion's Let The Future Begin debuts at #4 (48K)...Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox drops from #3 to #5 in its 14th week (43K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time.
The Second Five: Mindless Behavior’s All Around The World debuts at #6 (37K). It’s the boy band’s second top 10 album…Eric Clapton’s Old Sock debuts at #7 (37K). It’s the 19th top 10 album of his career…The Sound City—Real To Reel soundtrack debuts at #8 (37K)… Mumford & Sons’ Babel drops from #4 to #9 its 25th week (31K). This is its 19th week in the top 10… Jimi Hendrix’s People, Hell And Angels drops from #2 to #10 in its second week (30K).
Five other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist drops from #5 to #17. Rihanna’s Unapologetic drops from #6 to #13. Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Good Times drops from #7 to #14. Now 45 drops from #9 to #15. The Lumineers’ The Lumineers drops from #10 to #19.
The Amazon MP3 sale boosted several other compilations this week. Rod Stewart’s The Definitive Rod Stewart re-enters at #21, followed by Playlist: The Very Best ’80s Radio Hits at #32, Billy Joel’s The Very Best Of Billy Joel at #34, Simon & Garfunkel’s Simon And Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits at #42, Elvis Presley’s Elvis 75 at #44 and Billboard #1’s: Classic Country at #48.
Oz The Great And Powerful was #1 at the box-office for the second straight weekend. I saw it. Not so great. Not so powerful.
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