The biggest news on this week’s album chart? A TV show. The second biggest news? A 40-year old album.
First things first. “Glee: The Music: Showstoppers” bows atop the Billboard 200 this week, with 136,000 copies sold. It’s the second chart-topper to boast the “Glee” brand in the past 6 weeks. The hit FOX show is now a true phenomenon, with no end in sight.
A distant second goes to the reissue of the Rolling Stones’ 39-year old classic “Exile on Main Street”. Boasting several different versions, the set sells an impressive 76,000 copies to land at #2. It’s the highest of seven debuts in this week’s Top 20.
The other six are blues-rock faves The Black Keys at #3, the Nas/Damian Marley collaboration “Distant Relatives” at #5, folk-rock harmonizers Band of Horses at #7, indie-dance fave LCD Soundsystem at #10, futuristic R&B singer Janelle Monae at #17, and the long awaited second album from Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek) at #18. For The Black Keys, Marley, LCD Soundsystem, Band of Horses and Monae, this week’s totals represent the highest chart positions of their careers. Also, as Paul Grein mentioned in his weekly chart column on Yahoo, “Distant Relatives” is Damian Marley’s second top 10 album, which gives him one more top ten than his legendary father, Bob.
Almost every album on the Top albums chart that shows an increase is “Glee”-related, with jumps also experienced by the latest albums from Jimmy Buffett, Brooks & Dunn, and Slash.
Someone should probably talk to Jack White about oversaturating the market. In the past four years, he’s released two Raconteurs albums, two Dead Weather albums, a White Stripes studio album and a live album. The latest Dead Weather album freefalls to #30 from it’s #5 debut last week.
As Miley Cyrus moves on into slutitude, it’s hard to say whether her fans are totally on board. Her trampalicious new song, “Can’t Be Tamed” debuts at #8 on the Top 100 singles chart. While most artists would kill to debut at #8, I think it’s safe to say that the numbers were a little below expectations.
Next week, Stone Temple Pilots are expected to bow at or near the top of the chart, with the only legit challenge being from the “Glee” soundtrack album that resides at the top this week. I’ll close this column out with my favorite STP song of all time, one which near-constant radio and video play during the late summer and fall of 1994 didn’t ruin for me. This might be one of the 5 best driving songs of all time. Check it out after the jump. Oh, and I’ll have this week’s Top 20 for you too.
This week’s Top 20 albums:
1) “Glee: The Music-Showstoppers” Various Artists
2) “Exile on Main Street” Rolling Stones
3) “Brothers” Black Keys (they are neither black nor “brothers”…nor brothers…discuss…)
4) “My World 2.0” Justin Bieber
5) “Distant Relatives” Nas & Damian Marley
6) “Need You Now” Lady Antebellum
7) “Infinite Arms” Band of Horses
8) “Raymond v Raymond” Usher
9) “Iron Man 2 Soundtrack” AC/DC
10) “This is Happening” LCD Soundsystem
11) “Live at the Troubadour” Carole King & James Taylor
12) “The Fame” Lady GaGa
13) “Oracle” Godsmack
14) “The Adventures of Bobby Ray” B.O.B
15) “High Violet” The National
16) “Now That’s What I Call Music 33” Various Artists
17) “The Archandroid” Janelle Monae
18) “Revolutions Per Minute” Reflection Eternal
19) “My World” Justin Bieber
20) “Animal” Ke$ha