In an industry starved for good news, the fact that at least one album had sold over 100,000 copies in every week of 2010 was a ray of sunshine. However, this week, the streak comes to an end. Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” tops the Billboard album chart with 93,000 copies. Granted, that total is pretty solid for an album that is now in it’s eighth chart week-but still, it’s not six figures. Thankfully, there will be at least three albums in the 100,000 club next week. More on that in a bit.
The week’s biggest news comes from the two albums that debut in the Top Ten. Pastor Marvin Sapp enters at #2 with “Here I Am”. This marks the highest debut by a gospel album in the Billboard chart’s history. Two spots behind Sapp is a compilation called “The Edge”. This album features some of the biggest hard rock hits of the past ten years. While multi-artist compilations hitting the top of the charts is nothing new, “The Edge” is no “Now That’s What I Call Music”. It’s largely TV-advertised in the vein of those old K-Tel collections (yes, I realize I just showed my age).
Other big debuts come from the new live record by The White Stripes at #11, the highest career debut from alt-country faves Drive-By Truckers (#22) and the Dropkick Murphys live set at #25 (good idea for these dudes to release a new album during the week of St. Patrick’s Day).
The two biggest jumps this week come from the “New Moon” soundtrack and Them Crooked Vultures. The former album leaps from 78-23 in light of the “Twilight” sequel’s DVD release, while the latter album speeds from 118-36, based on…well…I’m not sure. All three members are alive, and the only thing newsworthy about them I remember seeing is Dave Grohl’s admission that he overdosed on caffeine (!!). Maybe there was an Amazon sale or something?
Anyway, next week the Top 3 albums are all expected to be debuts. Justin Bieber will be leading the charge with a first week sales total that should be in the 250,000 range. He’ll be followed by former teen idol Monica and the latest edition of the “Now That’s What I Call Music” series.
Here’s this week’s Top 20 albums:
1) “Need You Now” Lady Antebellum
2) “Here I Am” Marvin Sapp
3) “Battle of the Sexes” Ludacris
4) “The Edge” Various Artists
5) “The Fame” Lady GaGa
6) “Soldier of Love” Sade
7) “Valleys of Neptune” Jimi Hendrix
8) “The E.N.D.” The Black Eyed Peas
9) “Plastic Beach” Gorillaz
10) “My World” Justin Bieber
11) “Under Great White Northern Lights” The White Stripes
12) “Animal” Ke$ha
13) “The Fame: Monster (EP)” Lady GaGa
14) “Broken Bells” Broken Bells
15) “Foundation” Zac Brown Band
16) “Get Off on the Pain” Gary Allan
17) “Rebirth” Lil Wayne
18) “Fearless” Taylor Swift
19) “Hillbilly Bone” Black Shelton
20) “Rated R” Rihanna