Michael Buble Beats Kiss On Billboard 200
After only three days of sales, Michael Bublé's "Crazy Love" opens atop the Billboard 200 chart with 132,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving the pop singer his second No. 1 album.
Bublé's last set, 2007's "Call Me Irresponsible," debuted with 212,000 at No. 2 before moving to No. 1 the following week. "Crazy" is the artist's third top 10 album, as his second studio set, "It's Time," debuted and peaked at No. 7 in 2005.
The release of "Crazy" was pushed up from its original date of Oct. 13 to Friday, Oct. 9 -- likely to capitalize on Bublé's chat and performance on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" that same day. Because SoundScan's tracking week ends at the close of business on Sunday evening, Buble's opening frame is all the more handsome, since it only had three days of availability.
Rock legends Kiss crash in at No. 2 with new Wal-Mart-exclusive studio album "Sonic Boom," selling 108,000 copies. It is the band's highest-charting album ever, and the 108,000 opener is its second-best sales week since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.
Kiss' previous chart high came with 1998's "Psycho-Circus," which debuted and peaked at No. 3 when it bowed with 110,000. "Psycho's" opening frame is also the group's best SoundScan sales week.
Country kingpin Toby Keith notches his tenth top 10 album on the Billboard 200, as his "American Ride" drives in at No. 3 with 90,000. The set's arrival at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart also gives Keith his 8th topper on that list.
Backstreet Boys net their seventh consecutive top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with "This Is Us," starting at No. 9 with 42,000. The quartet's last effort, 2007's "Unbreakable," entered and peaked at No. 7 with 81,000.
Last week's No. 1, Barbra Streisand's "Love Is the Answer," falls to No. 4 with 75,000 (down 58%) while Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" moves up one notch, to No. 5, with 65,000 (down 27%). Mariah Carey's "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" slips four spots to No. 7 with 54,000 (down 68%) while Miley Cyrus' "The Time of Our Lives" climbs three spots to No. 8 with 47,000 (down 14%). Rounding out the top 10 is Breaking Benjamin's "Dear Agony," which moves down six places in its second week (41,000; down 69%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 11) totaled 6.27 million units, down 9% compared to the sum last week (6.87 million) and down 2% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (6.41 million). Year to date album sales stand at 269.7 million, down 13% compared to the same total at this point last year (311.7 million).