Lady Gaga’s time at the top of the charts was pretty short. Born This Way slides to #2 this week, overtaken by the resilient Adele album 21. The British singer’s sophomore effort lands a 10th non-consecutive week at the top, scanning another 114,000 copies this week. Gaga takes the runner-up spot, with a shade over 100K sold.
Award shows were a huge factor in this week’s chart. Aided by major wins at the Tony Awards, a physical release and some deep discounting at digital retailers (where it had been available since May), the cast album for The Book of Mormon skyrockets to #3 this week with sales of 61,000 copies. The album didn’t even chart last week. It’s the highest chart position for a Broadway cast album that I can remember at any point in my chart-watching life, and is yet another feather in the cap of creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Meanwhile, the CMT Awards (which aired last week) is responsible for another series of bumps. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean (who delivered a show-stopping performance with Ludacris), Taylor Swift and the Zac Brown Band all show double-digit gains this week.
Seven albums debut in the Top 20 this week, led by veteran “horrorcore” rapper Tech N9ne. Starting at #4 with 56,000 copies, All 6s and 7s is the highest charting album of his lengthy career. He’s followed by country superstar Ronnie Dunn, whose first solo album lands at #5, rock band All Time Low at #6, the Tedeschi/Trucks band at #12, Arctic Monkeys at #15, Def Leppard (a live album) at #16 and Randy Travis at #18.
Over on the digital singles chart, the highest debut is “Monster”, the new single from the reconfigured version of Paramore. It starts at #16 with just under 88,000 download. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” holds at the top of the charts for yet another week, while two songs move into the top ten. Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” skips ten spots to #7 in it’s first full week of release, while the aforementioned Aldean rides his Ludacris-assisted remix to #4 on the chart, with sales almost doubling from the previous week.
Next week, look for an album I completely missed in yesterday’s New Release Report to debut at the top-Bad Meets Evil’s Hell-Part Two. The Eminem/Royce Da 5’9 collaboration is pretty much guaranteed to top the charts, because…well, because it’s Eminem. He should be joined near the top by preteen singer Jackie Evancho, and a sea of albums should show increases on account of Father’s Day this weekend.
Check out this week’s Top 20 after the jump.
1) 21 | Adele
2) Born This Way | Lady Gaga
3) Book of Mormon | Original Cast Recording
4) All 6s and 7s | Tech N9ne
5) Ronnie Dunn | Ronnie Dunn
6) Dirty Work | All Time Low
7) My Kinda Party | Jason Aldean
8) This is Country Music | Brad Paisley
9) Now That’s What I Call Music 38 | Various Artists
10) Codes & Keys | Death Cab for Cutie
11) Ukulele Songs | Eddie Vedder
12) Revelator | Tedeschi Trucks Band
13) Sigh No More | Mumford & Sons
14) Teenage Dream | Katy Perry
15) Suck it & See | The Arctic Monkeys
16) Mirrorball | Def Leppard
17) Doo-Wops & Hooligans | Bruno Mars
18) Circuital | My Morning Jacket
19) Anniversary Celebration | Randy Travis
20) You Get What You Give | Zac Brown Band
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