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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Justin and Britney Rules Album Charts!

Justin and Britney Rules Album Charts!Justin and Britney Rules Album Charts!
Justin Bieber's Believe enters The Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 374K. The number is off a bit from the overly rosy 400K-440K projections that were floated last week. Even so, it's the biggest first-week sales tally by any album so far this year. And it's the biggest one-week sales tally of Bieber's career. There's just one potentially awkward wrinkle. The album displaces the latest by Bieber's mentor, Usher. The R&B star's Looking 4 Myself drops to #6 after an uncharacteristically soft debut (128K) at #1 last week. That was Usher's slimmest first-week sales tally since 1997.

Remarkably, this is the second time that Bieber has bumped Usher out of the #1 spot. In April 2010, My World 2.0 returned to #1, displacing Raymond V Raymond (which had interrupted its run on top). The two artists must not mind competing because this is the second time they've released albums just one week apart.
Bieber is the first artist in chart history to land four #1 albums or EPs while still in his teens. Believe follows My World 2.0, the EP Never Say Never: The Remixes and Under The Mistletoe. And Bieber has nearly 18 months to add to this tally. He won't turn 20 until March 1, 2014.

Two artists landed three #1 albums while still in their teens. Britney Spears scored with …Baby One More Time, Oops!...I Did It Again and Britney, all by age 19. Miley Cyrus scored with Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout and the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack, all by age 16. (The Fine Print: The initial Hannah Montana TV soundtrack in 2006 also reached #1, but I didn't count it because it wasn't marketed as a Cyrus album.)

The Top Five: Justin Bieber's Believe debuts at #1 (374K). It's Bieber's fourth #1 album or EP; his sixth to reach the top 10…Kenny Chesney's Welcome To The Fishbowl debuts at #2 (193K). It's Chesney's 10th top 10 album… Fiona Apple's The Idler Wheel Is Wiser debuts at #3 (72K). It's Apple's second top 10 album...Smashing Pumpkins' Oceania debuts at #4 (53K). It's the band's seventh top 10 album…The Rock Of Ages soundtrack jumps from #9 to #5 in its third week (49K).
The Second Five: Usher's Looking 4 Myself drops from #1 to #6 in its second week (48K)…Adele's 21 drops from #3 to #7 in its 70th week (48K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… One Direction's Up All Night drops from #6 to #8  in its 15th week (41K). The former #1 album has been in the top 10 the entire time… Luke Bryan's Tailgates & Tanlines rebounds from #13 to #9 in its 46th week (28K). This is its seventh week in the top 10…Rush's Clockwork Angels drops from #2 to #10 in its second week (27K).

This week is also happier week for Britney fans because Blackout is already PLATINUM from it's released date on Oct. 30, 2007 till certification date June 22nd, 2012, it's impact of Blackout Purchase Week Champaigne around the net.

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