Pop Quiz: Only one sophomore album by an Idol winner has reached #1. Name that album. Answer below.
Albums by three other artists who rose to fame on Idol are listed in this week's top 30. An instant album by this year's winner, Phillip Phillips, debuts at #11, one notch higher than last year's winner, Scotty McCreery, debuted with American Idol Season 10 Highlights: Scotty McCreery in May 2011. (That album went on to peak at #10).
Carrie Underwood's Blown Away holds at #3 for the second week. The album holds at #1 on Top Country Albums for the fourth week. This is Underwood's longest run at #1 on the country chart since her debut, Some Hearts, logged 27 weeks on top in from November 2005 to May 2007. Underwood was Idol's Season 4 winner.
Haley Reinhart's Listen Up! debuts at #17. Reinhart finished third on Season 10. The top two Idols from that season both cracked the top five with their first albums. Scotty McCreery's Clear As Day hit #1. Lauren Alaina's Wildflower hit #5.
Quiz Answer: The only sophomore album by an Idol winner to reach #1 is Underwood's Carnival Ride, which debuted in the top spot in October 2007. (Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway, which is the best-selling sophomore album by an Idol winner, peaked at #3.)
Born And Raised enters The Official U.K. chart at #4. It's Mayer's first top 10 album in the U.K. His previous best mark there was #35 for Battle Studies.
Born And Raised sold 147K digital copies (out of its 219K total). This is Mayer's highest weekly digital sales tally to date. His previous best tally came when Battle Studies sold 129K digital copies in its first week.
Mayer received a Grammy nomination as Best New Artist of 2002. He has now amassed as many #1 albums as the artist who won that award, Norah Jones. Two of the three other Best New Artist finalists that year, Ashanti and Avril Lavigne, have each had two #1 albums. (The fifth nominee, Michelle Branch, has climbed as high as #2.) That was a good year for new artists.
Useless Information: Apocalyptic Love is the second top 10 album that features the word "apocalypse," or a variation of it, in its title. It follows Public Enemy's 1991 album Apocalypse 91…The Enemy Strikes Black, which also reached #4.
Sara Bareilles' five-song EP Once Upon Another Time debuts at #8. This is Bareilles' third album or EP to make the top 10. Little Voice hit #7 in March 2008. Kaleidoscope Heart hit #1 in September 2010.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: John Mayer's Born And Raised debuts at #1 (219K). This is Mayer's third #1 album; his sixth to reach the top 10….Adele's 21 holds at #2 for the third straight week in its 66th week on the chart (56K). The former #1 album has been in the top 10 the entire time… Carrie Underwood's Blown Away holds at #3 for the second week in its fourth week on the chart (45K). The album holds at #1 on Top Country Albums for the fourth week… Apocalyptic Love by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators debuts at #4 (38K). This is Slash's ninth career top 10 album; Kennedy's second… One Direction's Up All Night rebounds from #10 to #5 in its 11th week (37K). The former #1 album has been in the top 10 the entire time.
The Second Five: Lionel Richie's Tuskegee rebounds from #9 to #6 in its ninth week (33K). The former #1 album has been in the top 10 the entire time… MercyMe's The Hurt & The Healer debuts at #7 (33K). This is the Contemporary Christian group's second top five album. The Generous Mr. Lovewell reached #3 in 2010… Sara Bareilles' EP Once Upon Another Time debuts at #8 (31K). This is Bareilles' third top 10 album or EP….Now 42 drops from #6 to #9 in its fourth week (31K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… Norah Jones' …Little Broken Hearts drops from #5 to #10 in its fourth week (28K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time.
Kimbra's Vows debuts at #14. Kimbra's featured credit on Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" helped make that song a worldwide #1 hit…Joe Bonamassa's Driving Towards The Daylight debuts at #23. The album opens at #2 in the U.K. this week.
Ram spawned the smash single "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," which topped the Hot 100 in September 1971. It was the second song by a former Beatle to reach #1 (following George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord"). It made McCartney the first former Beatle to win a Grammy for a post-Beatles project. (He won for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)). Harrison and Ringo Starr won their first post-Beatles Grammys for The Concert For Bangla Desh, which was voted Album of the Year for 1972. John Lennon won his first for Double Fantasy, which won as Album of the Year for 1981.
Two Bee Gees compilations re-enter the chart in the wake of Robin Gibb's death last week. The Ultimate Bee Gees re-enters at #49. Number Ones re-enters at #70. The Bee Gees-dominated Saturday Night Fever soundtrack re-enters at #168…The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond drops from #32 to #68 in its 10th week. It's the top-ranking soundtrack to a theatrically-released film for the seventh week.
The music from Porgy & Bess has cracked the top 10 on Billboard's pop album chart twice. Charlie Spivak plays selections from Gershwin's Folk-Opera Porgy And Bess reached #3 in 1945 (the year the chart was introduced). The soundtrack to the movie version (which starred Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge) reached #8 in 1959. That same year, a version of the score by Lena Horne and Harry Belafonte reached #13. A version by Ray Charles and Cleo Laine hit #138 in 1976.
George Gershwin composed the music for the show. His brother Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward wrote the lyrics. George Gershwin died of a brain tumor on July 11, 1937, less than two years after the show opened.
Men In Black 3 was #1 at the box-office over the weekend. All three MIB movies opened in the top spot. The original spent its first three weekends at #1 in July 1997. The sequel spent its first two weekends on top in July 2002.
Looking Ahead: Here are some of the key releases due in the next month: Usher's Looking 4 Myself (June 12), Justin Bieber's Believe (June 19), Linkin Park's Living Things and Maroon 5's Overexposed (June 26), Chris Brown's Fortune (July 3) and Zac Brown Band's Uncaged (July 10).
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