The album's first single, "Your Body," peaked at a disappointing #34 on the Hot 100. "Just A Fool," a collabo with Blake Shelton, her fellow judge on The Voice, is expected to debut this week.
There are exceptions. The Voice has boosted Adam Levine, whose group, Maroon 5, has ranked #1 or #2 on the Hot 100 25 times in the past 15 months. And it has helped Blake Shelton, who recently won the CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year (he had never even nominated in that category before The Voice premiered in April 2011). Idol gave at least a temporary lift to Jennifer Lopez, whose "On The Floor" (featuring Pitbull) reached #3 in May 2011, becoming her highest-charting hit in more than eight years.
Aguilera's first three studio albums, from 1999 to 2006, each started with first-week sales of between 250K and 350K. To be fair, album sales were brisker back then overall. Also, Aguilera has been around for 13 years. It's natural for sales to taper off over time. And at least Xtina debuted in the top 10. That's more than you can say for Susan Boyle, whose new album, Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From The Stage, debuts at #12. We'll get to her in minute.)
New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and Jonas Brothers also had two #1 albums each, but in different calendar years.
One Direction is the first act to land two #1 albums in 2012. (Another teen fave, Justin Bieber, was the only act to achieve the feat in 2011.) One Direction may well wind up with two of the 10 best-selling albums of 2012. (Up All Night currently ranks #3 for the year-to-date). This would mark the first time that a non-country artist has had two of the year's top 10 albums in the Nielsen SoundScan era. Garth Brooks had three of the top 10 albums of 1992. Taylor Swift had two of the top 10 albums of 2008.
Take Me Home sold 242K digital copies, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. Up All Night sold 91K digital copies in its first week.
"Live While We're Young," the album's first single, reached #3 on the Hot 100. Several more songs from the album, notably "Little Things," "She's Not Afraid," "Nobody Compares," "Kiss You" and "Still The One," are vying to debut this week. "Little Things" enters the Official U.K. singles chart at #1. It's the quintet's second #1 in its home country. "What Makes You Beautiful" topped the U.K. chart in September 2011.
I have more good news for One Direction fans. Up All Night—The Live Tour logs its 22nd week at #1 on Top Music Videos. That's the longest run at #1 by a boy band since this chart originated (as Top Music Videocassettes) in March 1985. New Kids' Hangin' Tough (1989-90) and Backstreet Boys' Homecoming—Live In Orlando (1999) both logged 20 weeks at #1.
Soundgarden's King Animal, the veteran band's first studio album in more than 16 years (I trust they're well rested) debuts at #5. The band had two top five albums in the mid-'90s, Superunknown and Down On The Upside, before taking this long hiatus.
Lana Del Rey's EP, Paradise, debuts at #10. Del Rey's major-label debut album, Born To Die, debuted and peaked at #2 in February. It resurges from #79 to #37 this week.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: One Direction's Take Me Home debuts at #1 (540K). This is the group's second #1 album…Taylor Swift's Red dips from #1 to #2 in its fourth week (145K). This is its fourth week in the top five... The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 debuts at #3 (93K)...The Weeknd's Trilogy debuts at #4 (86K). This is his first top five album…Soundgarden's King Animal debuts at #5 (83K). This is the band's third top five album.
The Second Five: Rod Stewart's Merry Christmas, Baby drops from #3 to #6 (80K). This is its third week in the top 10.,.Christina Aguilera's Lotus debuts at #7 (73K). This is her sixth top 10 album…Now 44 drops from #2 to #8 in its second week (70K)….Green Day's Dos! debuts at #9 (69K). This is the band's ninth top 10 album…Lana Del Rey's Paradise EP debuts at #10 (67K). This is her second top 10 album or EP.
Seven albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Ne-Yo's R.E.D drops from #4 to #23…Aerosmith's Music From Another Dimension! drops from #5 to #25…Jason Aldean's Night Train drops from #6 to #13… Mumford & Sons' Babel drops from #7 to #15… Meek Mill's Dreams And Nightmares drops from #8 to #28…Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d. city drops from #9 to #18…Third Day's Miracle dives from #10 to #51.
Susan Boyle's fourth album, Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From The Stage, debuts at #12. Boyle's first three albums all started in the top five. The first two, I Dreamed A Dream and The Gift, both opened at #1. Boyle's appeal owed a great deal to her back-story (the frumpy woman with the golden voice), which is no longer a fresh "hook." Also, the album title is a little stuffy. Barbra Streisand titled a similar album The Broadway Album. Direct is usually better than fancy.
Michael Buble's Christmas drops from #18 to #20 in its fourth week back on the chart. It's #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the third straight week.
Justin Bieber's Believe, which drops from #31 to #34 in its 22nd week, tops the 1 million mark in sales this week. This is the third year in a row that Bieber has had a million-selling album. My World 2.0 sold 2,319,000 copies in 2010. Under The Mistletoe sold 1,245,000 copies in 2011.
The Grease soundtrack tops the 6 million mark in Nielsen SoundScan era sales this week. The album millions of additional copies between its release in 1978 and 1991. Since 1991, only four soundtracks have sold more copies: Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard (12,048,000), Titanic (10,173,000), The Lion King (7,839,000) and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (7,764,000).
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