Carrie Underwood's 'Blown Away' Album Nabs Second Week At No. 1
Carrie Underwood holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, with Blown Away selling another 120,000 copies (down 55%, according to Nielsen SoundScan). It's Underwood's third No. 1 album, but first to spend more than a week at the top.
With the Mother's Day holiday falling on the final day of the tracking week (May 13) reflected in the new chart, it's not surprising that Adele's mom-friendly 21 makes a big gain in sales. The album rises 4-2 this week on the Billboard 200 with 101,000 sold -- up 31%.
Lionel Richie's Tuskegee also makes a mother-fueled jump, climbing 6-3 with 71,000 (up 11%). The Now 42 compilation falls 3-4 (65,000; down 31%) while Norah Jones' Little Broken Hearts slips 2-5 (60,000; down 46%).
The chart's highest debut is rock band Silversun Pickups, whose Neck of the Woods drives in at No. 6 with 41,000. It's the highest-charting set for the act, but not its best sales week: 2009's Swoon bowed at No. 7 with a career-high 43,000.
One Direction's Up All Night spends its ninth straight week in the top 10, as it rises one slot to No. 7 with 40,000 (down 11%). Right behind the U.K. boy band is Jack White's Blunderbuss, moving 7-8 with 34,000 (down 38%).
Rounding out the top 10 are Tank's new This Is How I Feel, which debutis at No. 9 (33,000), and Luke Bryan's Tailgates & Tanlines stepping 13-10 (26,000; down 1%). Tank's latest gives him his fifth top 40 set and third to reach the top 10. His last release, 2010's Now or Never, debuted and peaked at No. 35 with 44,000 that December.
Over on the Digital Songs chart, the top three are non-movers this week, led by Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" at No. 1 with 321,000 (down 8%). The song, which features Kimbra, crosses the 4 million sales mark this week -- rising to 4.04 million downloads sold in the United States.
At No. 2, Maroon 5's "Payphone" (featuring Wiz Khalifa) sells 293,000 (up 2%) while Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is at No. 3 with 234,000 (up 12%).
Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" rises 5-4 (165,000; down 4%), fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) is down one to No. 5 (164,000; down 12%), and Nicki Minaj's "Starships" sails 7-6 (151,000; up 3%).
Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" (featuring Sia) is up two rungs to No. 7 (150,000; up 8%), One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" drops 6-8 (146,000; down 3%), and Jennifer Lopez's "Dance Again" (featuring Pitbull) zips 15-9 (104,000; up 39%). The latter benefits from J.Lo's performance of the track on the May 10 episode of American Idol.
The Wanted's "Glad You Came" closes out the top 10 on the Digital Songs chart, holding at No. 10 with 95,000 (down 21%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending May 13) totaled 5.6 million units, down 3% compared with the sum last week (5.8 million) and down 2% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.7 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 112.3 million, down 1% compared with the same total at this point last year (113.8 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 25 million downloads, down 2% compared with last week (25.4 million) and up 1% stacked next to the comparable week of 2011 (24.8 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 520.4 million, up 7% compared with the same total at this point last year (487.2 million).
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2011 when: Adele's 21 continued to rule the chart for a ninth nonconsecutive week (138,000; down 12%) while Seether debuted at No. 2 with Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray (61,000).