Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Fiona Apple Lead Billboard 200
As previously reported, Justin Bieber's Believe arrives, as expected, at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The singer's set sold 374,000 in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the largest bow of the year and Bieber's highest sales frame.
Believe is Bieber's fourth No. 1 album, following 2010's My World 2.0 and 2011's Never Say Never: The Remixes and Under the Mistletoe.
He leads a debut-filled top four on the Billboard 200 this week, where all four of the top slots are occupied by new arrivals. It's the first time we've had the entire top four be debuts since the Nov. 19, 2011, chart, when Bieber's Under the Mistletoe started at No. 1.
At No. 2 this week, Kenny Chesney bows with Welcome to the Fishbowl, moving 193,000 copies. It's Chesney's best sales week since 2007's Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates started with 387,000 at No. 3. The country star's last album, 2010's Hemingway's Whiskey, debuted with 183,000 at No. 1. All told, Welcome to the Fishbowl marks his 10th top 10 album on the Billboard 200. Over on the Top Country Albums chart, the new effort enters at No. 1 -- his 11th leader on that tally.
After a nearly seven-year hiatus, singer/songwriter Fiona Apple is back on the Billboard 200. The artist nets her highest-charting album ever, and second top 10, as The Idler Wheel Is Wiser . . . debuts at No. 3, moving 72,000. Apple was last on the chart in 2005 with Extraordinary Machine, which debuted and peaked at No. 7 with 94,000. Her first two albums, 1997's Tidal and 1999's When the Pawn. . . peaked at Nos. 15 and 13, respectively.
Rounding out the top four is the top 10's final debut this week, the Smashing Pumpkins' Oceania, at No. 4 with 54,000. Like Apple, the Pumpkins are making a return to the list after a lengthy vacation. The act was last on the chart with 2007's Zeitgeist, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 with a 145,000 start. The Pumpkins first appeared on the Billboard 200 almost 21 years ago, when Gish bowed way down at No. 195 on Sept. 7, 1991.
The Rock of Ages soundtrack rallies up four slots to No. 5 with 49,000 and a 34% gain in sales. It debuted three weeks ago at No. 15 with 18,000 and then jumped to No. 9 last week with 36,000 after the film opened in theaters.
Last week's No. 1, Usher's Looking 4 Myself, slips 62% in its second week, falling to No. 6 with 48,000.
Adele's 21 falls out of the top five for only the second time in its 70 weeks on the chart, as it drops 3-7 with nearly 47,000 (down 24%). Its lone other non-top five week was on Dec. 10, 2011.
One Direction's Up All Night descends two spots to No. 8 with 41,000, marking the album's 15th straight week in the top 10 (its entire chart run). The last set to spend its first 15 frames in the top 10 was Adele's 21. Previous to Adele, Taylor Swift's Speak Now racked its first 15 weeks in the top 10 between Nov. 13, 2010, and Feb. 19, 2011.
Rounding out the top 10: Luke Bryan's Tailgates & Tanlines rises four rungs to No. 9 (28,000; up 4%), and Rush's Clockwork Angels drops 2-10 with 27,000 (down 74%).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is again No. 1, selling another 263,000 downloads (down 10%). Moving up a slot to the No. 2 position is Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" with 221,000 (up 12%).
Maroon 5's "Payphone" (featuring Wiz Khalifa) slips 2-3 with 218,000 (down 5%) while Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" is steady at No. 4 with 176,000 (down 10%).
Making a big jump up four rungs is Ellie Goulding's "Lights" with 149,000 (up 23%) while David Guetta's "Titanium" (featuring Sia) sizzles 13-6 with 126,000 (up 24%).
Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" climbs one to No. 7 (122,000; down less than 1%), Usher's "Scream" falls a slot to No. 8 (119,000; down 3%), and Pitbull's "Back in Time" slides three to No. 9 (113,000; down 10%). Closing out the top 10 is Nicki Minaj's "Starships," rising two positions to No. 10 with 101,000 (down 9%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending June 24) totaled 5.94 million units, up 2% compared with the sum last week (5.8 million) and up less than 1% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.92 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 144.7 million, down 3% compared with the same total at this point last year (149.1 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 25.2 million downloads, down 1% compared with last week (25.4 million) and down less than 1% stacked next to the comparable week of 2011 (25.3 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 672.7 million, up 6% compared with the same total at this point last year (635.4 million).
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2011 when: Beyonce's 4 bowed at No. 1 with 310,000 and Big Sean's Finally Famous started in the No. 3 slot with 87,000. Adele's 21 rose one rung to No. 2 with 92,000 (down 10%) while the previous week's leader, Jill Scott's The Light of the Sun, fell to No. 5 with 55,000 (down 60%).