Katy Perry tops two Billboard charts<br />
Fantasia lands her highest charting album with 'Back to Me'Katy Perry does double duty at No. 1 this week on both the Billboard 200 albums chart and the Digital Songs tally thanks to the arrival of her "Teenage Dream" album.
Her second Capitol effort starts atop the Billboard 200 with 192,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan -- marking her best sales week and a new chart high. She's the first solo woman to reign at No. 1 since January, when Ke$ha's "Animal" spent one week atop the list.
Over on the Digital Songs chart, "Teenage Dream's" title track moves up one spot to spend its first frame at No. 1 with 259,000 (up 24%).
Perry's last album, 2008's "One of the Boys," debuted and peaked at No. 9 in July of that year with 47,000 sold in its premiere week. Its best sales frame came over Christmas week of 2008 when it shifted 63,000 -- but at a lower rung on the tally.
On Digital Songs, "Teenage Dream" gives Perry her second No. 1 of the year. She earlier reigned for five weeks with the album's first single, "California Gurls." The latter is on the verge of becoming the year's top selling download with 3.6 million sold. Its sum falls just shy of 2010's best-seller: Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" (3.8 million).
Last week's Digital Songs No. 1, Lil Wayne's "Right Above It," tumbles hard to No. 10 with 101,000 (down 55%). That's the biggest positional drop from No. 1 since Artists for Haiti's "We Are the World 25: For Haiti" flew from No. 1 to No. 17 in its second week, on the chart dated Feb. 13.
Back on the Billboard 200 albums chart, former "American Idol" champ Fantasia starts at No. 2 with "Back to Me" (117,000). That marks her highest charting album yet. Her "Free Yourself" debut started and peaked at No. 8 in 2004 and her sophomore effort "Fantasia" topped out at No. 19 in 2006. The latter set entered the chart with 133,000 over a busy Christmas shopping week. The new album also debuts at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart -- the singer's first topper on that list. "Free Yourself" and "Fantasia" peaked at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.
Eminem's "Recovery" retreats two spots to No. 3 this week with 98,000 (down 15%) while Usher enters at No. 4 with his new "Versus" album (46,000). He also earns a bullet at No. 19 with "Raymond v Raymond" (20,000; up 57%). The latter set was reissued in a deluxe edition with "Versus" as a bonus disc, much in the same way Lady Gaga unleashed "The Fame Monster" both as a stand-alone set last November in addition to bundling it with a reissue of her "The Fame" album. "Versus" gives Usher his sixth top 10 album.
Little Big Town's "The Reason Why" debuts at No. 5 with 42,000 and also hits No. 1 on the Country Albums chart. It's both the highest charting Billboard 200 set for the band and its first Country No. 1. "Reason's" 42,000 start also nets the quartet its best sales week ever. Their previous highest sales week came when "The Road to Here" shifted 37,000 over Christmas week of 2005.
Kem's "Intimacy" drops four rungs to No. 6 with 30,000 (down 59%) while Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" climbs one spot to No. 7 with 29,000 (down 3%).
Country group Randy Rogers Band also sees a banner week as its new "Burning the Day" enters the big chart at No. 8 and Country Albums at No. 2 with a career-best week of 29,000. Their last set, a 2008 self-titled effort, topped out at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 with a then-best frame of 17,000.
Ray LaMontagne's "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise" descends six positions to No. 9 in its second week, selling 28,000 (down 57%).
Closing out the top 10 is a debut from the Devil Wears Prada as the rock band's new "Zombie" EP enters at No. 10 with 25,000. The five-song concept set (it's about zombies, naturally) just inches past the act's previous high-water rank on the Billboard 200. That came when 2009's "With Roots Above and Branches Below" debuted and peaked at No. 11 with 31,000 in its first week.
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Aug. 29) totaled 5.12 million units, up 1% compared to the sum last week (5.07 million) and down 12% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (5.82 million). Year to date album sales stand at 195.3 million, down 12% compared to the same total at this point last year (222.6 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 19.88 million downloads, down 2% compared to last week (20.33 million) and down 1% stacked next to the comparable week of 2009 (20.05 million). Year to date track sales are at 762.4 million, down 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (767.4 million).
Next week, it's looking like Disturbed's new "Asylum" will give the band its fourth straight No. 1 studio album. Industry prognosticators think the set could shift around 120,000 to 150,000 by week's end on Sunday, Sept. 5.
The new "Now 35" compilation is on track for a start around either Nos. 2 or 3 with perhaps 100,000 to 120,000. Figure that Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" or Eminem's "Recovery" might place around No. 3, depending on how the rest of the week shakes out.
Other albums aiming for a top 10 debut include Lyfe Jennings' "I Still Believe" and the Goo Goo Dolls' "Something for the Rest of Us."