Speak Now is said to have a shot at shifting 1 million copies in its first week. Will the album live up to these lofty projections? Check back in one week and see. Meanwhile, Swift's "Mean" enters Hot Digital Songs at #2 this week. This is the fourth song from the album to enter the digital sales chart at #1 or #2. "Mine" bowed at #1 in August. "Speak Now" opened at #2 two weeks ago. "Back To December" bowed at #1 last week.Far*East Movement featuring The Cataracs & Dev returns to #1 on Hot Digital Songs. This is the third week at #1 for the electro house smash, which has sold 1,601,000 copies in 18 weeks. Rascal Flatts leads the pack with four #1 albums. Dixie Chicks have also had three.
Four of the last five #1 albums have been country releases, with Sugarland's album preceded by albums by Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith. Next week, with Swift's arrival, the stat will jump to five of the last six #1 albums. Bottom line: Country sells.
Come Around Sundown debuts at #1 in the U.K. It's the band's third studio album in a row to top the British chart. 2007's Because Of The Times had two weeks on top. 2008's Only By The Night had four weeks in the lead. Come Around Sundown sold 183,000 copies in the U.K., the biggest first-week tally so far this year, according to the good folks at the Official U.K. Albums chart.Tony Bennett was shut out for 43 years between 1963's I Wanna Be Around and 2006's Duets: An American Classic.)
Russell also wrote or co-wrote such prized songs as "Superstar" (a #2 hit for The Carpenters in 1971), "This Masquerade" (a top 10 hit for George Benson in 1976) and "A Song For You," which was recorded by everyone from Helen Reddy to The Temptations.
Willie Nelson teamed in 1979 for One For The Road.
Rod Stewart's Fly Me To The Moon: The Great American Songbook, Vol. 5 debuts at #4. All five of Stewart's Great American Songbook albums have made the top five. An ad for Stewart's new album refers to his Great American Songbook series as the best-selling series in music history. If you discount the multi-artist Now series, that's true. But if you rated them in terms of enduring stature, rather than sales, I'm sure even Stewart would say that Ella Fitzgerald's classic Song Book series from the '50s is still out front. (The jazz legend released separate albums devoted to the music of Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and George and Ira Gershwin.)
The title songs of each of Stewart's albums in this series are of course prime standards: "It Had To Be You," "As Time Goes By," "Stardust," "Thanks For The Memory" and "Fly Me To The Moon." "Fly Me To The Moon" originated a couple of decades after these other songs. Singer/comedienne Kaye Ballard introduced it in 1954 under its alternate title "In Other Words." (Stewart's other title songs were introduced between 1924 and 1938.)
This marks the first time that old pals Elton John and Rod Stewart have appeared in the top 10 at the same time since November 1976, when Elton was riding high with Blue Moves and Stewart had A Night On The Town. But while both artists have hit albums, neither is represented on this week's Hot Digital Songs chart.
Glee is the first series in television history to spawn six or more top 10 albums. Four other TV series have spawned five top 10 albums: Sing Along With Mitch (the tally just counts albums released during the run of the show), The Monkees, American Idol (not counting albums by individual contestants) and Hannah Montana (not counting the movie soundtrack or strictly solo albums by star Miley Cyrus).
Here's the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs, as compiled by Nielsen/SoundScan. "Like A G6" by Far*East Movement featuring Cataracs & Dev rebounds from #2 to #1 (204K). Taylor Swift's "Mean" debuts at #2 (163K). Rihanna's "Only Girl (In The World)" jumps from #5 to #3 (155K). Nelly's "Just A Dream" dips from #3 to #4 (146K). Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are" dips from #4 to #5 (138K). Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj's "Bottoms Up" jumps from #9 to #6 (125K). P!nk's "Raise You Glass" dips from #6 to #7 (119K). Flo Rida featuring David Guetta's "Club Can't Handle Me" dips from #7 to #8 (109K). Usher featuring Pitbull's "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" dips from #8 to #9 (101K). Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" holds at #10 for the third week (90K).Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers' "Monster Mash" return to Hot Digital Songs, as fans gear up for Halloween parties. On Friday, I'll have a list of the best-selling Halloween songs.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.Sugarland, The Incredible Machine, 203,000. This new entry is the duo's third #1 album; its fourth to make the top 10. Four songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Stuck Like Glue," which jumps from #34 to #28. Kings Of Leon, Come Around Sundown, 184,000. This new entry is the group's second straight top 10 album. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "End" debuts at #43. "Radioactive" vaults from #139 to #47. Elton John/Leon Russell, The Union, 80,000. This new entry is Elton's 17th top 10 album; Russell's third. Rod Stewart, Fly Me To The Moon: The Great American Songbook, Vol. 5, 79,000. This new entry is Stewart's 15th top 10 album. Lil Wayne, I Am Not A Human Being, 65,000. The former #1 album dips from #4 to #5 in its fourth week. This is its third week in the top 10. Six songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Right Above It" (featuring Drake), which jumps from #28 to #26. Shakira, Sale El Sol, 46,000. This new entry is Shakira's fourth top 10 album. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Loca" (featuring El Cata) which vaults from #121 to #27. Eminem, Recovery, 43,000. The former #1 album drops from #5 to #8 in its 18th week. Three songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs, topped by "Love The Way You Lie" (featuring Rihanna), which dips from #14 to #15. Third Day, Move 37,000. This new entry is the Christian rock band's third top 10 album, following 2005's Wherever You Are and 2008's Revelation. "Sound Of Your Voice" enters Hot Digital Songs at #178. Darius Rucker, Charleston, SC 1966, 37,000. The album drops from #2 to #10 in its second week. Two songs from the album are listed on Hot Digital Songs. "Come Back Song" drops from #60 to #76. "This" drops from #48 to #190.
Seven albums drop out of the top 10 this week. (Easy come, easy go.) Big Time Rush's BTR drops from #3 to #16. The Band Perry's The Band Perry drops from #4 to #15, Kenny Chesney's Hemingway's Whiskey drops from #6 to #13, Sufjan Stevens' Age Of Adz dives from #7 to #37, Zac Brown Band's You Get What You Give drops from #8 to #14, Toby Keith's Bullets In The Gun drops from #9 to #21, and All That Remains' For We Are Many plummets from #10 to #39.
Bob Dylan's Witmark Demos: 1962-1966 (Bootleg Series Vol. 9) debuts at #12. This is the third consecutive album in the archival series to reach the top 20. The series was launched in 1991.
The Beatles' 1967-1970 re-enters the chart at #29. 1962-1966 re-enters at #32. These compilations, dubbed the Red and Blue albums in a nod to the Beatles' so-called White Album, were first released in the spring of 1973, three years after the Beatles' break-up. They were the Beatles' first formal greatest hits albums. 1967-1970 reached #1. 1962-1966 hit #3. 1967-1970 is #1 on this week's Catalog Albums chart. It's the album's fourth week on top of that chart. It headed the list for three weeks in 1993.
The soundtrack to The Social Network by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is the top soundtrack to a theatrically-released movie for the third time in the past four weeks. On The Billboard 200, the album dips from #70 to #74.
Rihanna's "Only Girl (In The World)" tops the 1 million mark in paid downloads this week. The song reached the mark in just six weeks.
Paranormal Activity 2 was #1 at the box-office in its opening weekend. (There is no soundtrack album.) The first Paranormal Activity was #1 at the box-office a year ago this week (when it was in its fifth weekend of release).
Heads Up: All eyes are on Taylor Swift's Speak Now, which will enter The Billboard 200 at #1 next week. Also due: Buddy Guy's Living Proof, Senses Fail's The Fire, Mark Salling's Pipe Dreams, the Country Strong soundtrack and a deluxe Hollywood Edition of Michael Buble's former #1 album Crazy Love.
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