Another week without a major new release leaves this week’s Billboard Album Chart looking a lot like last week’s Billboard Album chart. Sade makes it a hat trick, as “Soldier of Love” hangs at #1 yet again, selling another 127,000 copies. After three weeks, “Soldier” is already the year’s second best selling albums. Right in front of it? The album that appears right behind it on this week’s chart-Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now”. The country trio sells another 118,000 copies of their sophomore effort to hang at #2.
Sade and Lady Antebellum have the only albums on this week’s chart that sell over 55,000 copies. The #3 album is the sixth (and second posthumous) installment in Johnny Cash’s “American” series. The Man in Black has the week’s highest debut, with a little over 54,000 units sold. The only other debut in the Top 20 comes from Alkaline Trio, who open at #11 with 26K of their latest album.
The biggest move into the Top 50 comes from Train, the soft rock band who are experiencing a comeback thanks to their hit single “Hey Soul Sister”. Their “Save Me, San Francisco” jumps from #77 to #35 this week, increasing 72% in sales over the previous week. “Soul Sister” is currently the #2 selling single in the country and has moved nearly 2 million digital downloads so far.
Moving in the opposite direction? “We Are the World: 25 for Haiti”. After two weeks as the #1 selling song in the country, the charity single nosedives to #17 on this week’s digital download chart. Adding insult to injury, a lack of interest from radio prevented the song from hitting the top of the Billboard singles chart-held from pole position first by Ke$ha’s “Tic Toc” and then by the Black Eyed Peas’ “Imma Be”.
Two albums right below the top 50 appear to be reversing course after disappointing chart performances. 50 Cent’s “Before I Self Destruct” moves up 21 spots to #63 this week with a 20% increase in sales. Fiddy’s latest has sold just under 411,000 copies since its’ November release. Meanwhile, Mariah Carey’s “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel” bounds from 114-65 this week, increasing 59% this week. Mimi’s latest has sold 445,000 copies since it’s September release and will be reissued shortly in a new package containing remixes and featured artists including Nicki Minaj and Ne-Yo.
Next week, things should look pretty much the same at #1 and #2. The rest of the Top 10 should look radically different, though. New albums from Blake Shelton, Jason Derulo, Raheem DeVaughn and Danny Gokey should all appear on that list next week.
Let’s switch things up a little bit and list the Top 20 best selling single downloads this week:
1) “Imma Be” The Black Eyed Peas
2) “Hey, Soul Sister” Train
3) “Need You Now” Lady Antebellum
4) “Bedrock” Young Money feat. Lloyd
5) “Tik Tok” Ke$ha
6) “Rude Boy” Rihanna
7) “Blah Blah Blah” Ke$ha feat. 3Oh!3
8) “In My Head” Jason Derulo
9) “Baby” Justin Bieber feat. Ludacris
10) “How Low” Ludacris
11) “Bad Romance” Lady Gaga
12) “Say Aah” Trey Songz feat. Fabolous
13) “Carry Out” Timbaland feat. Justin Timberlake
14) “Telephone” Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce
15) “Nothin’ on You” B.O.B. feat. Bruno Mars
16) “Breakeven” The Script
17) “We Are the World 25: for Haiti” Artists for Haiti
18) “I Gotta Feeling” Black Eyed Peas
19) “Live Like We’re Dying” Kris Allen
20) “Sexy Chick” David Guetta feat. Akon