Macklemore (real name: Ben Haggerty) and Ryan Lewis first teamed for an EP in 2009. Two of their songs entered the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart last week: "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz) and "Same Love" (featuring Mary Lambert). (The latter song expresses support for the legalization of gay marriage.)
I assume entering The Billboard 200 at #2 (ahead of Kiss and Streisand) constitutes "notability."
The Heist sold 96K in its first week, which is more than six times as many copies as Macklemore's previous full-length album, 2005's The Language Of My World, has sold in its entire run (15K). The Heist sold 65K digital copies this week, which enabled it to displace Mumford & Sons' Babel from the #1 spot on Top Digital Albums.
Babel has sold 865K copies in its first three weeks. It's already #5 on the year-to-date chart. It's on target to become the first rock album to rank among the year's top five best-sellers since 2008, when Coldplay's Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, Kid Rock's Rock N Roll Jesus and AC/DC's Black Ice ranked #2, #4 and #5 for the year, respectively.
Babel returns to #1 on The Official U.K. chart, after being displaced last week by Muse's The 2nd Law.
Monster is Kiss' ninth album to reach the top 10. It's the band's third studio album in a row to make the top three, following Psycho-Circus (#3 in 1998) and Sonic Boom (#2 in 2009). This is the first time in the band's history that it has made the top 10 with three consecutive studio albums.
Kiss first cracked the top 10 in December 1975 with Alive!, giving the band a nearly 37 year span of top 10 albums.
Incidentally this is the second time that an album titled Monster has made the top 10. R.E.M. debuted in the top spot with an album by that title in October 1994.
Coheed and Cambria's concept album The Afterman: Ascension debuts at #5. This ties the band's 2010 album, Year Of The Black Rainbow, as its highest-charting to date. This is C and C's fourth top 10 album in a row. (They're the real C & C Music Factory—an inside reference for readers who remember the early '90s.) This is the first of two planned volumes. The Afterman: Descension is due in February. Will it become the group's fifth top 10 album? Stay tuned.
All Time Low's Don't Panic debuts at #6. It's the group's third top 10 album, following Nothing Personal (#4 in 2009) and Dirty Work (#6 in 2011).
Streisand is the only solo artist to land a #1 album in five different decades (from the 1960s to the 2000s). If Release Me had debuted at #1, she would have extended her streak to six decades. Fortunately, Streisand has more than seven years to achieve this feat.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Mumford & Sons' Babel holds at #1 for the third week (96K)…. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist debuts at #2 (78K). It's the duo's first top 10 album…Kiss' Monster debuts at #3 (56K). It's the band's ninth top 10 album…MGK's debut album Lace Up debuts at #4 (51K). It's the rapper's first top 10 album…Coheed and Cambria's The Afterman: Ascension debuts at #5 (49K). It's the band's fourth top 10 album.
The Second Five: All Time Low's Don't Panic debuts at #6 (48K). It's the band's third top 10 album… Barbra Streisand's Release Me, a compilation of previously unreleased tracks, debuts at #7 (44K). It's her 32nd top 10 album…P!nk's The Truth About Love drops from #4 to #8 in its fourth week (36K)… Ellie Goulding's sophomore album, Halcyon, debuts at #9 (34K). It's her first top 10 album… Muse's The 2nd Law drops from #2 to #10 in its second week (31K).
Seven albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Miguel's Kaleidoscope Dream drops from #3 to #11, Three Days Grace's Transit Of Venus drops from #5 to #25, Diana Krall's Glad Rag Doll drops from #6 to #17, Jackie Evancho's Songs From The Silver Screen drops from #7 to #16, Little Big Town's Tornado drops from #8 to #14 (It's #1 on Top Country Albums for the fifth week), Cher Lloyd's Sticks & Stones drops from #9 to #38, and Van Morrison's Born To Sing: No Plan B drops from #10 to #23.
The Script's third album, #3, debuts at #13. This is a disappointing debut: Science & Faith reached #3 in 2011. The album reached #2 on the Official U.K. chart. The band's first two albums both reached #1 in the U.K. "Hall Of Fame" (featuring will.i.am) leaps from #96 to #71 in its third week on the Hot 100.
The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour enters Top Music Videos at #1. The deluxe box set consists of a Blu-ray, DVD and double vinyl EP. Magical Mystery Tour is the fifth Beatles title to reach #1 on the music video chart. It follows The Compleat Beatles (two weeks on top in 1996), The Beatles Anthology (four weeks in 1996 and two weeks in 2003), First U.S. Visit (two weeks in 2004) and The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows (three weeks in 2010).
Rodriguez, the 70-year old folk musician who is the subject of the current documentary Searching For Sugar Man, has two albums in this week's top 100. The Searching For Sugar Man soundtrack jumps from #109 to #75 in its second week. His 1970 album Cold Fact jumps from #113 to #90 in its second week. Rodriguez, the American-born son of Mexican immigrants who became a star in South Africa without his even being aware of it, was profiled on 60 Minutes on Oct. 7.
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