Arcade Fire return to a familiar place, the number one spot on the Billboard Album Charts. The Montreal band’s most recent album, Reflektor moves a respectable 140,000 copies. Compared to 2010 effort The Suburbs, the most recent figure is just slightly less (The Suburbs moved 156,000 copies). Arcade Fire knocks Katie Perry off of her perch, sending PRISM to settle for no. 2 selling 92,000 copies. According to billboard.com, Perry had a solid second week considering how much huge debuts tend to wane in sales. That said, what is more noticeable to me is that only one album sells over 100,000 copies. It’s November y’all… shouldn’t we be seeing multiple albums at least reaching that 100K threshold?
Other albums debuted in the top ten, though no bigger than Reflektor. Kelly Clarkson’s first Christmas effort Wrapped in Red moved 70,000 copies, good for a no. 3 bow. Not far behind numerically was Robertsons’ Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, which sold 69,000 copies at no. 4. Honestly, I wasn’t even aware of the Duck Dynasty release, so those numbers are exceptional contextually. Then again, I’ve also never seen Duck Dynasty. Oh well.
Country doesn’t have a great week from a numbers perspective otherwise (with the Duck Dynasty compilation being considered ‘country’). Newbie Thomas Rhett and tried-and-true vet Toby Keith land at nos. 6 and 7 with 36,000 and 35,000 copies sold respectively. Yuck! Remember those days where Toby Keith used to be one of country’s preeminent artists? Then again, the dude is 52… Don’t believe it when they say “age ain’t nothin’ but a number!” Linkin Park’s remixed compilation effort bows at no. 10 with 33,000 copies sold. Compare that to new country studio efforts and we know that something is amiss… just saying!
Eminem’s single “The Monster” makes a big splash, but can’t dethrone queen Lorde’s “Royals” on the Billboard Hot 100 throne. According to billboard, that makes six weeks. So after two brief stints with “Roar” and “Wrecking Ball” crowning the chart, Lorde has made it her queendom. All hail!
Who’s Got Next? Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, no questions asked. It’s already being prognosticated by Billboard between 700- and 750,000. Among other albums released next week are Avril Lavigne’s Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion’s Loved Me Back to Life, The Wanted’s Word of Mouth, and Jake Miller’s Us Against Them.