The Week in Music Sales: Lady Gaga Tops Billboard 200
As previously reported Lady Gaga comes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart as her Born This Way set sold 1,108,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. That marks the largest sales week for any album since 2005 and the 17th set to shift a million units in a week since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.
Country superstar Brad Paisley arrives at No. 2 behind Mother Monster with This Is Country Music, bowing with 153,000. It's his third album to hit No. 2, following Time Well Wasted (2005) and American Saturday Night (2009). He's yet to claim a No. 1 set though -- This Is Country Music marks his seventh top 10 album. (He can take solace, perhaps, in how This Is Country Music lands him his sixth No. 1 on our Top Country Albums chart.)
Last week's No. 1, Adele's 21, slides to No. 3 with 126,000 (down 8%) while Glee, the Music: Season Two, Volume 6 enters at No. 4 with 80,000. For the latter, it's Fox TV show's 11th release -- all of which have debuted in the top 10. Its 80,000 start is the lowest bow of any Glee set, save for the Rocky Horror Glee Show EP (48,000).
The Maybach Music Group Presents Self Made Vol. 1 compilation debuts at No. 5 (59,000) while the Now 38 various artists set slips three rungs to No. 6 (45,000; down 10%). The New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys compilation/collaboration album titled NKOTBSB (and billed to NKOTBSB) dances in at No. 7 with 40,000. The 13-track set includes five greatest hits from each group along with three new collaborations: All in My Head, Don't Turn Out the Lights and NKOTBSB Mash Up. It's the eighth consecutive top 10 for Backstreet Boys (its entire output of releases) and the fifth top 10 for the New Kids.
New group Foster the People, which has been percolating for a number of months now with its single Pumped Up Kicks, sees its debut full-length album Torches start at No. 8 with 33,000. Kicks bowed on our Rock Songs tally on Jan. 29 and reached a peak of No. 7 last week. Torches saw 70% of its first week come from downloads, an unsurprising number as the iTunes Store promoted the set last week, offering its Helena Beat as its free single of the week.
Rounding out the top 10 albums are Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party, slipping five spots to No. 9 -- though with a gain (33,000; up 14%), and Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More, also dropping five, to No. 10 (25,000; down less than 1%).
Just outside the top 10, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery sees his American Idol Season 10 digital hits album bow with 23,000 downloads. Last year, Lee DeWyze's similar best-of did 2,000 in its first week, while 2009 champ Kris Allen premiered with 10,000 of his digital set. (2009 runner-up Adam Lambert actually sold more than Allen with his Favorite Performances set, as it moved 16,000 in its first week.)
McCreery is also the big news on the Digital Songs chart, as his coronation single I Love You This Big debuts at No. 3 with 171,000 downloads sold. It's the best debut sales week for an "Idol" winner's first single since David Cook did 236,000 with The Time of My Life in 2008.
2011 "Idol" runner-up Lauren Alaina just misses the top 10, as her Like My Mother Does arrives at No. 11 with 121,000.
Back in the top 10, Adele's Rolling in the Deep continues to hold at No. 1 with 254,000 (down 14%) while Pitbull's Give Me Everything" (featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer) is steady at No. 2 (210,000; down 1%). Lady Gaga's The Edge of Glory rises 14-4 (165,000; up 74%) -- no surprise considering her multiple performances of the song last week on TV (Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America and American Idol).
DJ Khaled's I'm On One (featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne) is the second-highest new entry, starting at No. 5 with 159,000, while LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem slides two spots to No. 6 with 154,000 (down 5%). Katy Perry's E.T. slips four rungs to No. 7 (148,000; down 14%), Bruno Mars' The Lazy Song falls two to No. 8 (138,000; down 5%) and Jennifer Lopez's On the Floor dances down two spots to No. 9 (130,000; down 6%). Closing out the top 10 is Nicki Minaj's Super Bass, which falls one position to No. 10, though it's up 13% (128,000).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending May 29) totaled 6.67 million units, up 23% compared to the sum last week (5.41 million) and up 34% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (4.98 million). Year to date album sales stand at 125.86 million, up less than 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (125.42 million). It's the first time we've had a year over year gain in album sales since the sales week ending Jan. 22, 2006, when we were up by 2%.
Digital track sales this past week totaled 24.69 million downloads, up 2% compared to last week (24.28 million) and up 14% stacked next to the comparable week of 2010 (21.75 million). Year to date track sales are at 536.14 million, up 10% compared to the same total at this point last year (488.01 million).
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2010 when: Jack Johnson's To the Sea set sail at No. 1 with 243,000 while the previous week's leader, Glee, the Music: The Showstoppers, fell to No. 3 with 45,000 (down 29%).