Christmas is Buble's third #1 album, following 2007's Call Me Irresponsible and 2009's Crazy Love. Here And Now is Nickelback's fourth album to reach #1 or #2.
Nickelback doesn't get much press attention. They've never won a Grammy. They certainly aren't a critics' darling. They just sell albums by the ton. This is the group's second album in a row to open at #2. The group's 2008 album Dark Horse debuted at #2 behind Beyonce's I Am…Sasha Fierce. In the long run, however, Dark Horse has outsold the more celebrated Sasha by 166K units. That's just another sign of what a relatively unsung juggernaut Nickelback is.
The album fares even better in the U.K., where it debuts at #1. It's Rihanna's third #1 album in the U.K., following Good Girl Gone Bad and Loud. (I'll have much more to say about Rihanna later today when we post Chart Watch: Songs.)
Blige's first My Life album hit #7 in January 1995. It's unusual for a sequel to be released so many years after the original album. Blige's gap of nearly 17 years is rivaled by two similar gaps. Neil Young's Harvest Moon was released in 1992, more than 20 years after Harvest. Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Out Hell II: Back Into Hell was released in 1993, 16 years after Bat Out Of Hell.
Adele's 21 drops from #3 to #7, ending a streak of 39 consecutive weeks in the top five. This is its 40th straight week in the top 10. It's the first album to spend its first 40 weeks inside the top 10 since Britney Spears' …Baby One More Time hung tight for its first 50 weeks in 1999-2000.
Scotty McCreery's Clear As Day rebounds from #13 to #9 in its seventh week. It's #1 on Top Country Albums for the fifth week. That's the longest run at #1 on this chart for a teen-aged artist since Taylor Swift's Fearless, which had logged 29 weeks on top by her 20th birthday in December 2009.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
1. Michael Buble, Christmas, 227,000. The album jumps to #1 after two weeks at #2. This is its fifth week in the top 10. "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" enters Hot Digital Songs at #172.
2. Nickelback, Here And Now, 227,000. This new entry is the band's fourth album to reach #1 or #2; its fifth to make the top 10. Four songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "When We Stand Together," which drops from #31 to #35.
3. Rihanna, Talk That Talk, 198,000. This new entry is Rihanna's sixth top 10 album; her fifth to crack the top five. Nine songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris), which dips to #2.
4. Drake, Take Care, 173,000. The former #1 album drops to #4 in its second week. Eight songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Take Care" (featuring Rihanna), which drops from #4 to #12.
5. Mary J. Blige, My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1), 156,000. This new entry is Blige's 11th top 10 album. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Mr. Wrong" (featuring Drake) re-enters at #131. "Love A Woman" debuts at #189.
6. Justin Bieber, Under The Mistletoe, 142,000. The former #1 album dips from #5 to #6. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Mistletoe" vaults from #69 to #37. "Drummer Boy" (featuring Busta Rhymes) re-enters at #173.
7. Adele, 21, 140,000. The former #1 album drops from #3 to #7. This is its 40th week in the top 10. Five songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Someone Like You," which inches up from #8 to #7.
8. Daughtry, Break The Spell, 129,000. This new entry is Daughtry's third top 10 album. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Crawling Back To You" re-enters at #106. "Start Of Something Good" debuts at #168.
9. Scotty McCreery, Clear As Day, 88,000. The former #1 album rebounds from #13 to #9 in its second week. This is its fifth week in the top 10. It's #1 on Top Country Albums for the fifth week. "The Trouble With Girls" jumps from #102 to #82 on Hot Digital Songs.
10. Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto, 79,000. The former #1 album dips from #9 to #10 in its fifth week. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Paradise" drops from #20 to #23. "Princess Of China" (featuring Rihanna) drops from #107 to #140.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 drops from #8 to #18 in its third week. It's the #1 soundtrack to a theatrically-released movie for the third week. The movie was #1 at the box-office for the second straight weekend. Four other albums dropped out of the top 10. Andrea Bocelli's Concerto: Live In Central Park drops from #4 to #14, Glee: The Music: The Christmas Album: Volume 2 drops from #6 to #26, Now 40 drops from #7 to #13 and Susan Boyle's Someone To Watch Over Me drops from #10 to #28.
Immortal echoes several other one-word titles that Jackson used in his lifetime. Some of the one-word descriptors suited him better than others. Thriller? Without a doubt. Bad and Dangerous? There will always be controversy about that. Invincible? Jackson's sad ending proved that no one is invincible. Immortal? Because of his art, he will be.
As noted above, Chris Daughtry isn't the only artist who rose to fame on a TV talent show to enter this week's chart. Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., who was the Season 6 winner on America's Got Talent, debuts at #34 with That's Life. James Durbin, who finished fourth on Season 10 of American Idol, opens at #36 with Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster. Javier Colon, who was the Season 1 winner on The Voice, bows at #134 with Come Through For You. Remarkably, this is lower than Colon's 2003 album, Javier, which debuted and peaked at #91.
The Muppets soundtrack debuts at #38. The soundtrack to the first The Muppet Movie peaked at #32 in November 1979.
Susan Boyle's 2010 album The Gift drops from #32 to #45. It's #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the second straight week. It is able to hold that spot because of a disappointing re-entry by the Rolling Stones' Some Girls, which re-enters the chart at #46. I initially expected this album to come on much higher, perhaps in the top 10. The 2010 re-release of another classic Stones album from the 1970s, Exile On Main St., re-entered at #2.
Lady Gaga's A Very Gaga Holiday debuts at #52. The four-song digital EP features songs from her 90-minute TV special A Very Gaga Thanksgiving. It's the second release this season to play off the title of the A Very Special Christmas franchise. It follows She & Him's A Very She & Him Christmas, which slips from #37 to #41 this week.
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