The Week in Music Sales: Beyonce's '4' Stays on Top
It's an exceptionally quiet week on both the Billboard 200 albums and Digital Songs charts. On the former, Beyonce's 4 continues to reign at No. 1 for a second week, selling 115,000 (down 63%), while LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" (featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock) holds atop the Digital Songs list with 236,000 (down 9%).
The highest debut on the albums chart is R&B singer Lloyd at No. 10 with King of Hearts, as it moves 26,000 in its opening week. It's his third top 10 set and it follows 2008's Lessons in Love, which debuted and peaked at No. 7 off a 51,000 launch. Lloyd's new album is the lone debut within the top 40 of the Billboard 200. (Clearly, the week after the Independence Day holiday wasn't a favored one for releasing big new albums.)
On the Digital Songs chart, there isn't a single debut within the top 40, though one single makes a big move into the top 10, as OneRepublic's "Good Life" vaults 12-6 with 137,000 (up 23%). It's the song's fourth straight weekly sales gain. The tune is also rising up the Pop Songs list, climbing 13-11 this week.
Elsewhere on Digital Songs, Nos. 2-5 are stationary, as Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night" (191,000; down 7%), Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" (159,000; down 17%), Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" (158,000; down 7%) and Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" (137,000; down 10%) fill those spots, respectively. Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight Tonight" climbs 9-7 (129,000; up 1%), Lil Wayne's "How to Love" holds at No. 8 (just under 129,000; up less than 1%) and Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem" rises one to No. 9 (126,000; down 1%).
Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory" returns to the top 10, climbing one rung to No. 10 with 103,000 (down 15%). She also stages a return to the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as Born This Way ascends 12-8 with 30,000 (down 21%).
As for the rest of the top 10 albums, Adele's 21 stays put at No. 2 (79,000; down 13%) and Selena Gomez & the Scene's When the Sun Goes Down rises 4-3 with 44,000 (down 43%). In a weird chart quirk, Gomez's decline in sales (but rise up the chart), gives the actress/singer her highest charting album yet.
Aldean's My Kinda Party jumps 6-4 (42,000; down 12%), Bad Meets Evil's Hell: the Sequel goes 9-5 (35,000; down 16%) and Jackie Evancho's Dream With Me moves up two to No. 6 (34,000; down 23%). Jill Scott's The Light of the Sun slips 5-7 (32,000; down 41%) and Big Sean's Finally Famous falls 3-9 (27,000; down 69%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 10) totaled 5.34 million units, down 16% compared to the sum last week (6.34 million) and up 2% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (5.24 million). Year to date album sales stand at 160.81 million, up 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (159.20 million). It is the seventh week in a row where year-to-date album volume is greater than the same time in the prior year.
Digital track sales this past week totaled 23.25 million downloads, down 9% compared to last week (25.45 million) and up 10% stacked next to the comparable week of 2010 (21.09 million). Year to date track sales are at 684.05 million, up 11% compared to the same total at this point last year (618.53 million).
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2010 when Eminem's Recovery held at No. 1 for a fourth week, selling 195,000 (down 15%). Korn's Korn III was the top debut, arriving at No. 2 with 63,000.