Chart Moves: Drake Lands Atop The Billboard Album Chart
Drake’s 3Peat on the Billboard Albums Chart - Unsurprisingly, Drake lands atop the Billboard 200 Album Charts with his third solo album, Nothing Was The Same. Nothing Was The Same sold a career-best 658,000 copies, trumping the 631,000 copies that Take Care sold in 2011. Ultimately, Drake’s latest sold just a tad below prognostications, but easily took honors as top hip-hop debut of the year and the second-best debut overall behind Justin Timberlake’s juggernaut, The 20/20 Experience. Drake, dude, “you the f**king best”.
…More Debuts This Week…
The best he may be, Drake is only the start of a debut-heavy top ten. Kings of Leon play bridesmaid with Mechanical Bull, which sold 110,000 copies. That’s down from the debut of 2010 effort Come Around Sundown, but stronger than the band’s breakthrough effort Only By The Night, which was their fourth album. Cher and Elton John apparently don’t miss a beat, even at 67 and 66 years of age respectively. Cher’s anticipated Closer to the Truth, her first new album in 11 years, bows at no. 3 with 63,000 copies. As for Elton John, The Diving Board arrives at no. 4 with 47,000 copies sold. He impacted the chart last with Leon Russell on the fine The Union in 2010 (no. 3, 80,000 copies).
Guess what, there were more debuts! Dream Theater’s Dream Theater moves 34,000 copies at no. 7. Krewella moves 27,000 copies of Get Wet, good for a no. 8 bow. Metallica is the final top 10 bow as Metallica: Through the Never ends up at no. 9 with 26,000 copies.
Who’s Got Next
I’ll keep it simple… Justin Timberlake. The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 should debut at no. 1. The only spoils? Timberlake underperforms and Drake over performs after a brilliant debut. Other releases arriving? Lorde’s Pure Heroine, Tyler Farr’s Redneck Crazy, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ Unvarnished, Steven Curtis Chapman’s The Glorious Unfolding, K-Ci & JoJo’s My Brothers Keeper. Lorde should be the other biggie in addition to Timberlake according to billboard.com’s estimations. Having the U.S.’s new no. 1 single “Royals” certainly helps the teen singer.
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