The Billboard 200
On the chart this week, Rihanna bounded in at No. 1 with her first chart-topping set, "Unapologetic." The SRP/Def Jam album moved 238,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, also marking Rihanna's seventh top 10 studio album (in as many tries).
As always, there was no shortage of other news on the charts this week. Let's take a look at some of the other movers and shakers on the Billboard 200:
-- Nicki Minaj: The deluxe reissue of Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" helps spur a big gain for the album, as it flies from No. 107 to No. 27 with a 591% sales gain. The new version of the album, dubbed "The Re-Up," boasted eight additional songs and had its sales merged with those of the original album. Thus, on the Billboard 200, all of the sales from the first version and the new title are combined into one entity. Together they sold 36,000, up from 5,000 the previous week.
That number is about on par with the figure that greeted the revamped version of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," which dropped earlier this year. She rereleased the set as "Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection" in late March. The week that it arrived -- when its sales were combined with the original "Dream" -- it sold 33,000 and jumped from No. 31 to No. 7. The week previous it had moved 11,000 copies.
There are a couple key differences between the two, however; Perry's reissue came well over a year after "Teenage Dream" originally came out in August of 2010. Minaj's album only debuted earlier this year in April. Perry's "Confection" included only three new songs (plus four remixes) while Minaj's has eight previously unreleased cuts.
-- Destiny's Child and Britney Spears: Seven albums in Sony's "Playlist" series visit the chart this week, thanks to heavy discounting timed to Black Friday promotions. "Playlist" is the company's budget greatest hits line, similar to Universal Music's "20th Century Masters" series. For a few days last week, many of the titles were offered for only $1.99 at Best Buy (and some retailers, like Amazon.com, matched that price). The CD-only "Playlist" series traditionally carries a list price of $7.99, but is often sold for $6.99.
The highest ranking "Playlist" album is Destiny's Child's "Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child," which debuts at No. 77 with 15,000 sold. A week earlier, it moved a scant 1,000 copies. Other acts with "Playlist" titles on the tally this week: Britney Spears (No. 111, with 11,000), Dixie Chicks (No. 115; 11,000), Meat Loaf (No. 116; 11,000), Johnny Cash (No. 140; 9,000), Marvin Sapp (No. 141; 9,000) and Alan Jackson (No. 146; 9,000).
Like the rest of the "Playlist" albums, Spears' was priced for $1.99 at some retailers for a limited time last week. However, as the set is less than four weeks old, those sales are not counted, per our pricing policy. (The other "Playlist" titles are older than four weeks.)
-- Michael Jackson: ABC TV's "Bad 25" documentary, which aired on Thanksgiving (Nov. 22), helps spur a 302% gain for the album. It re-enters the chart at No. 142 with 9,000 sold. On the Music Video Sales chart, Jackson's "Live at Wembley 7.16.88" video shoots 13-6 with 2,000 sold, up by 107%. Parts of the Wembley show were seen through the "Bad 25" special.
-- Il Volo: The trio's second studio album, "We Are Love," arrived during a highly competitive chart week, so despite its decent sales of 9,000, it starts way down at No. 149. To compare, a week earlier, had the set sold 9,000 it would have bowed somewhere around No. 60.