The Week in Music Sales: Lonely Island Sets Sail at No. 3
While Adele's 21 claims an eighth week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart -- the longest reign of any album since early 2009 -- theLonely Island's Turtleneck & Chain laughs its way to a No. 3 arrival on the list. Meanwhile, over on the Digital Songs chart, Lady Gaga's The Edge of Glory bounds in at No. 2 with 266,000 -- but more on that in just a moment.
21 holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 156,000 (up less than 1%) -- making the album the longest-running chart-topper since Taylor Swift's Fearless spent 11 non-consecutive weeks atop the list between the charts dated Nov. 29, 2008 and March 14, 2009. Since 2000, only eight albums have spent eight weeks or more atop the list. 21 will probably be granted a ninth week at No. 1 next week, before likely stepping aside for Lady Gaga's Born This Way, which is scheduled to be released on Monday, May 23.
21's to-date sales total stands at 1.7 million -- still the only album to have sold more than a million units this year.
In the runner-up slot is the Now 38 compilation, moving up a rung with 68,000 (down 45%). Coming in at No. 3 is the Lonely Island -- the comedy troupe consisting of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone -- with its second album, Turtleneck & Chain (68,000).
Its 68,000-start is the best sales week for a comedy set since Dane Cook's Rough Around the Edges: Live From Madison Square Garden started with 90,000 at No. 11 on the chart dated Dec. 1, 2007.
The new Lonely set is the follow-up to Incredibad, which debuted and peaked at No. 13 off a start of 48,000. Its to-date sales stand at 362,000. Turtleneck & Chain boasts a number of tracks already familiar to millions thanks to their exposure as digital shorts on Saturday Night Live. They include I Just Had Sex (featuring Akon), Jack Sparrow (featuring Michael Bolton), Shy Ronnie 2 (featuring Rihanna) and The Creep (featuring Nicki Minaj).
Right behind Lonely Island is Christina Perri's Lovestrong, arriving at No. 4 with 58,000 and Tyler, the Creator's Goblin, starting at No. 5 with 45,000. It's Perri's first full-length effort, following her Ocean Way Sessions EP, which debuted and peaked at No. 144 late last year. For Tyler, the Creator -- of hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All -- Goblin marks his second release and first charting set.
Last week's No. 2 new entry, Beastie Boys' Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, falls to No. 6 with 42,000 (down 67%).
At No. 7, iconic pop/rock band the Cars return to the Billboard 200 with a new studio album for the first time since 1987 as Move Like This debuts with 36,000. This is the Ric Ocasek-led group's fifth top 10 album. They previously notched top 10s with Candy-O (No. 3, 1979), Panorama (No. 5, 1980), Shake It Up (No. 9, 1981) and Heartbeat City (No. 3, 1984). The Cars' last studio effort, Door to Door, peaked at No. 26 in 1987, while they last visited the chart in 2002 with Complete Greatest Hits (No. 144).
Glee star Matthew Morrison also makes his Billboard 200 debut as a solo artist, as his self-titled debut album starts at No. 24 with 16,000. Morrison announced yesterday that he would serve as the opener on the upcoming New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys summer tour.
As for the rest of the top 10 albums, Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues slides four rungs to No. 8 (34,000; down 62%), Jennifer Lopez's Love? moves 5-9 (33,000; down 60%) and Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party rises 12-10 (28,000; down 1%).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Adele's Rolling in the Deep continues to roll, holding at No. 1 with 353,000 (up 20%). It's the biggest week for a digital song since Lady Gaga's Born This Way sold 509,000 in its second week on the list (March 5).
Speaking of Gaga, the third single from her Born This Way album, The Edge of Glory, bows at No. 2 on the Digital list with 266,000. She'll likely nab another high-entry next week with Hair," the fourth digital single to be granted a commercial release. The latter premiered in the iTunes Store on Monday, May 16.
Gaga isn't the only debut in the top 10 this week, as Enrique Iglesias' Dirty Dancer (with Usher featuring Lil Wayne) slinks in at No. 9 with 126,000.
Katy Perry's E.T. slips a position to No. 3 (200,000; down 16%), Pitbull's Give Me Everything rises 7-4 (186,000; up 22%), Bruno Mars' The Lazy Song lingers at No. 5 (157,000; down 8%) and Jennifer Lopez's On the Floor drops two to No. 6 (149,000; down 15%). The Black Eyed Peas' Just Can't Get Enough is up one to No. 7 (138,000; down 7%), Lady Antebellum's Just a Kiss descends 3-8 in its second week (128,000; down 39%) and Chris Brown's Look at Me Now is stationary at No. 10 (109,000; down 7%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending May 15) totaled 5.67 million units, down 9% compared to the sum last week (6.23 million) and up 7% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (5.33 million). Year to date album sales stand at 113.78 million, down 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (115.11 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 24.79 million downloads, up 3% compared to last week (24.03 million) and up 11% stacked next to the comparable week of 2010 (22.28 million). Year to date track sales are at 487.16 million, up 10% compared to the same total at this point last year (444.27 million).
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2010 when: Glee, the Music: The Showstoppers started at No. 1 with 136,000 while the Rolling Stones' reissue of Exile On Main St. re-entered at No. 2 with 76,000. The previous week's No. 1, Justin Bieber's My World 2.0, fell to No. 4 with 62,000 (up 2%).