So some musical stuff happened last week and no one cared. Want proof? Just look at this week’s Billboard charts.
Once upon a time, Stone Temple Pilots were one of America’s hottest rock bands. Their first three albums all sold over a million copies. After lead singer Scott Weiland left the band, he joined the all-star supergroup Velvet Revolver, and THEIR debut album went multi-platinum. After leaving VR, he then rejoined STP. Their latest album came out last week, and…sold an underwhelming 62,000 copies. Looking for a silver lining? How about the fact that it was still enough to bring the album in at #2 on the charts behind the latest “Glee” soundtrack. “Showstoppers” holds on to the top spot on the album charts, beating STP by a mere 1,000 or so copies.
The album charts are especially sleepy this week. STP have the only album to debut in the Top Ten. The next highest debut comes from Marc Anthony’s first album in nearly a decade. “Iconos” makes it’s entry at#11 with 24,000 copies sold. There are also top twenty debuts from the “Sex & the City 2” soundtrack and Hank Williams III.
The few percentage increases on the chart can be traced back to things like “American Idol” (Carrie Underwood’s latest is up 36% this week), “Glee” (Lady GaGa’s “The Fame” is up 11%), and experiences both deadly (Slipknot’s latest is up 26% in light of their bass player’s death) and near-deadly (Poison’s “Greatest Hits” re-enters the chart at #111 on a 117% increase).
Now, back to “American Idol” for a second. Over on the Hot 100 singles chart, “Idol” winner Lee Dewyze enters at #24 with “Beautiful Day”. Dewyze becomes only the third “American Idol” winner to miss the Top 10 with his debut single, following Jordin Sparks and David Cook. The winners of “Idol”‘s first five seasons saw their inaugural singles debut at either #1 or #2. This stands as yet another reason that “Idol” brass must be worried as shit about their show regaining any kind of traction these days.
Order on the album chart should be restored next week and for the remainder of June. Next week, Jack Johnson’s new album is expected to debut at the top with a number that should exceed 250,000 units sold. The week after that, Christina Aguilera’s new album debuts. That will be followed by potential chart toppers from Drake and Eminem.
One of the most buzzed about performances from last week’s final episode of “Idol” was Janet Jackson’s performance. 17 years ago this week, Miss Jackson had the #1 single in the country with “That’s the Way Love Goes”. It was the first single from her fifth studio album, “janet.”, which went on to become the biggest seller of her career. Check out the video and also keep your eye open for a young Jennifer Lopez as one of Janet’s backup dancers. You can’t miss her thick-ass eyebrows.
For a little switch, here’s this week’s Top 20 singles, courtesy of the Billboard Hot 100 chart:
1) “OMG” by Usher feat. will.i.am
2) “California Gurlz” by Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
3) “Airplanes” by B.O.B. feat. Hayley Williams
4) “Your Love is My Drug” by Ke$ha
5) “Break Your Heart” by Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris
6) “Alejandro” by Lady GaGa
7) “Nothin’ on You” by B.O.B. feat. Bruno Mars
8) “Bulletproof” by LaRoux
9) “Hey Soul Sister” by Train
10) “Not Afraid” by Eminem
11) “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars
12) “Young Forever” by Jay-Z + Mr. Hudson
13) “Rude Boy” by Rihanna
14) “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum
15) “Find Your Love” by Drake
16) “Rock That Body” by The Black Eyed Peas
17) “In My Head” by Jason DeRulo
18) “Can’t Be Tamed” by Miley Cyrus
19) “Breakeven (Falling to Pieces)” by The Script
20) “Poker Face” by Glee Cast