Fred discusses chart action from "Mamma Mia!", Kimberley Locke and Willie Nelson.
HERE WE GO AGAIN: If the reaction of the audience at last night's American premiere of "Mamma Mia!" the movie is any indication, the soundtrack is going to sell a lot of copies once people see the film. So, it's amazing that even before the opening date, the album debuts on The Billboard 200 at No. 7, charting higher than any ABBA album.
Between 1974 and 1993, 11 titles by he Swedish quartet debuted on the Billboard album chart, and none went higher than No. 14. The last of those 11 albums was "ABBA Gold," which only went to No. 63, though it did have the longest run of any ABBA album in America, remaining on the tally for 104 weeks. It was then removed to the Top Pop Catalog Albums survey, where this week, in its 338th frame, it achieves a new peak position, flying 18-6. That bests the previous peak of No. 7, achieved the week of Sept. 13, 2003. It is the highest position ever held by any ABBA album on any Billboard chart, though that could change next week when both "Mamma Mia!" and "ABBA Gold" should improve their positions on their respective charts.
Here is a summary of ABBA's album history in the U.S., with titles listed in order of peak position:
No. 14: "The Album" (1978)
No. 17: "Super Trouper" (1981)
No. 19: "Voulez-Vous" (1979)
No. 20: "Arrival" (1977)
No. 29: "The Visitors" (1982)
No. 46: "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2" (1980)
No. 48: "Greatest Hits" (1976)
No. 62: "The Singles (The First Ten Years)" (1983) No. 63: "ABBA Gold" (1993) No. 145: "Waterloo" (1974) No. 174: "Abba" (1975)
'TIS THE SEASON FOR 'FALL': In the middle of summer, "Fall" (Curb) moves into pole position on Hot Dance Club Play. It's the third No. 1 for Kimberley Locke on this chart, and since it's only her third chart entry, she's batting a thousand when it comes to dance chart-toppers. "Fall" is Locke's eighth song to lead a Billboard tally, counting her three No. 1s on the Adult Contemporary list and one apiece on Hot Singles Sales and Hot Dance Singles Sales. Her run of No. 1s began in 2004 and she's had at least one chart-topper every year since.
Locke, who finished third on the second season of "American Idol," had her first No. 1 on a Billboard chart when "8th World Wonder" topped Hot Singles Sales. The single also led the Hot Dance Singles Sales list. On the AC chart, three of Locke's holiday songs have spent time in the penthouse: "Up on the Housetop" in 2005, "Jingle Bells" in 2006 and "Frosty the Snowman" in 2007. On the Club Play tally, "Change" was No. 1 in 2007 and a cover of Freda Payne's "Band of Gold" garnered top chart ink earlier this year.
To date, 20 "American Idol" contestants have had a No. 1 record on a Billboard chart. Only six of those 20 have amassed more No. 1s than Locke: Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken.
JAZZ MAN: He's topped the reggae chart and spent time at No. 2 on the blues chart and now country mainstay Willie Nelson conquers another genre as his collaboration with trumpet player Wynton Marsalis debuts at No. 1 on Top Jazz Albums. "Two Men With the Blues" (Blue Note) is also a new entry on The Billboard 200, where its opening mark of No. 20 represents the highest first week placing in Nelson's long career. "Two Men" is Nelson's highest-charting set since his "Always on My Mind" LP peaked at No. 2 in 1983.
For Marsalis: "Two Men" is his best showing on The Billboard 200. Previously, his highest position was No. 90, achieved by "Hot House Flowers" in 1984. "Two Men" is his eighth album to top the jazz list.