So…hey everybody. Nothing came out last week! So, there’s not a helluva lot to report chart-wise.
Sade holds for a second week at the top spot, scanning over 190,000 units of “Soldier of Love”. Following last week’s amazing debut, the venerable British band has sold nearly 700,000 copies of their first album in ten years-in two short weeks.
Considering the previous week included Valentine’s Day-a time period during which a good deal of music is usually bought-just about every album in the Top 50 shows a decrease in sales from the week before. Only one album debuts-Story of the Year enters at #42 with their latest album, and only three albums show an increase of greater than 10%. The Canadian Tenors, no doubt capitalizing on Olympic fever, move from 76-49 on a 27% increase, while the soundtrack to the Disney flick “Starstruck” soars 98-23 on a 131% gain. Also, Rihanna’s “Rated R” zooms from 35-18 with a 21% increase. This was no doubt due to the premiere of her new video “Buffalo Stance” “Boyz” “Rude Boy”.
The Top 20 (as you will see below) is fairly static, with Rihanna and Carrie Underwood replacing the “Valentine’s Day” soundtrack and the Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds live album, which swan dives from 17-68.
Speaking of swan dives, someone should tell Nick Jonas not to give up his day job. His debut solo project, “Who I Am”, finds itself at #52 after only three weeks of sales. Considering the JoBros last album didn’t do especially well, it might be safe to say that their fans have all officially moved on to Justin Bieber.
No major albums debut next week, but the #1 spot is a wild card, depending on how the latest posthumous work from Johnny Cash does. “American V: A Hundred Highways” debuted at #1 back in 2006 (just under three years after Cash passed), but it did so with a relatively paltry 88,000 copies sold. The next major set of releases will be in three weeks, when Gorillaz, Ludacris and the Danger Mouse/James Mercer project Broken Bells make their respective debuts.
By the way, you have got to check out this clip of Sade on the Wanda Sykes show. They don’t show the whole bit, but this is classic material. Find the clip (and this week’s Top 20) after the jump.
This week’s top 20 albums
1) “Soldier of Love” Sade
2) “Need You Now” Lady Antebellum
3) “The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)” Black Eyed Peas
4) “The Fame” Lady Gaga
5) “Rebirth” Lil Wayne
6) “I Dreamed a Dream” Susan Boyle
7) “The Element of Freedom” Alicia Keys
8) “Another Round” Jaheim
9) “Haywire” Josh Turner
10) “Fearless” Taylor Swift
11) “The Fame: Monster” (Lady Gaga)
12) “My World” Justin Bieber
13) “Stronger with Each Tear” Mary J. Blige
14) “Animal” Ke$ha
15) “Crazy Love” Michael Buble
16) “Tonight” TobyMac
17) “Foundation” Zac Brown Band
18) “Rated R” Rihanna
19) “Alvin & the Chipmunks 2-The Squeaquel” Soundtrack
20) “Play On” Carrie Underwood