No. 1 with a whimper Keys leads soft week; 'Juno' looms
EmptyThe good news for Alicia Keys: Her latest record tops the Billboard 200 for a second consecutive week and third overall. The not-so-good news for the biz: "As I Am" posted the second-lowest sales tally for a No. 1 album in chart history.
The set moved 61,000 units for the week ending Jan. 20, just a few hundred more copies than the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack scanned in early January 2007. Want a little perspective? The average sales total of No. 1 albums for the same week of the year during the past decade is 210,020.
Meanwhile, the soundtrack to freshly minted best picture nominee "Juno" moves up to No. 2, marking another chart high for Rhino Records. The Oscar buzz could push the album to the top next week. For the record, none of the songs in "Juno" was eligible for an Academy Award nomination.
Two albums debut in the top 10 this week. Raheem DeVaughn's "Love Behind the Melody" arrives at No. 5. The R&B singer's sophomore set includes covers of Sly and the Family Stone and the Beatles. John Legend's "Live From Philadelphia" debuts at No. 7. The latter is exclusive to Target Stores.
After backing away from launching a music subscription service two years ago, the big-box retailer again is dipping its toes in the digital-music space, selling the Legend album in a DRM-free MP3 format online. The special promotion with Sony BMG also includes exclusive access to the CD as well. Target is not selling the individual songs as singles.
A little chart miscellany: Eagles' smash comeback album falls out of the top 10 for the first time since its Oct. 30 release, while Miley Cyrus' double disc climbs back to No. 10 in its 30th chart week. But the upper echelon's current longevity queen is Taylor Swift, whose debut record logs its 65th chart week.
Overall album sales are down 3.8% from last week at 7 million, which is 13.8% lower than the same week in 2007.
Billboard's Keith Caulfield in Los Angeles and Antony Bruno in Denver contributed to this report.