Fox TV's "Glee" and the Queen of Pop team up for "The Power of Madonna," which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 98,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . It's the first non-Disney TV soundtrack to reach the top of the chart since "Miami Vice" way back in late 1985 and early 1986 . . . AC/DC is the second-highest debut this week at No. 4 with its soundtrack to the upcoming "Iron Man 2" film . . . Jimmy Buffett's Wal-Mart-exclusive live album "Encores" is the third and final arrival in the top 10, coming in at No. 7.
It's all about "The Power of Madonna" this week on the Billboard 200, where the soundtrack from last week's Madonna-themed episode of Fox TV's "Glee" debuts at No. 1 with 98,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The week's second-highest debut is also a soundtrack: AC/DC's "Iron Man 2" at No. 4 with 76,000 sold. Thus, with soundtracks debuting at Nos. 1 and 4 this week, it marks the first time in the Billboard 200's nearly 54-year history that two soundtracks simultaneously debut in the top five.
A whopping 75% of "Madonna's" first-week sales came from download retailers. The arrival is reminiscent of when Ke$ha's "Animal" wowed the digital world in January when a then-record 76% of its first-week numbers were downloads. (That record was later broken by the all-digital debut at No. 1 from the "Hope for Haiti Now" charity album.)
"The Power of Madonna" is the third album release from "Glee," but the first to reach No. 1. "Glee Season One: The Music Volume 1" peaked at No. 4 last November with a 113,000 debut week, and then "Volume 2" bowed (and peaked) at No. 3 the following month with 173,000 in its premiere frame. Combined, the first two volumes have now sold 1.4 million.
Unlike the first two "Glee" albums—which collected musical highlights from the first half of the show's season—"The Power of Madonna" focuses on only one episode. It contains the seven numbers that the cast performed, including "Vogue" and "Like a Prayer." (The iTunes edition comes with one bonus track not sung in the episode: "Burning Up.")
"The Power of Madonna" is the first TV soundtrack to be No. 1 since Walt Disney's "High School Musical 2" spent four weeks atop the tally in September 2007. If we back out the house of Mouse, the last non-Disney TV soundtrack to reign at No. 1 before "Glee" was the "Miami Vice" soundtrack in late 1985 and early 1986. It spent 11 nonconsecutive weeks in the penthouse.
"The Power of Madonna" is also the first No. 1 album consisting totally of covers of one act's songs since the all-ABBA "Mamma Mia!" soundtrack reigned for a week in August 2008.
Trailing the "Glee" kids is Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," moving up one spot to No. 2. It posts a 27% increase, selling 83,000 copies (up from 65,000 last week). That's a sales gain no doubt generated by the act's five wins on the April 18 Academy of Country Music Awards show.
Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" falls from No. 1 to No. 3 this week with 81,000—down 12%.
As mentioned earlier, AC/DC's soundtrack to the upcoming "Iron Man 2" film arrives at No. 4 with 76,000. The 15-song album—the band's eighth top 10 set—comprises previously released AC/DC tunes and includes such well-known tracks as "Highway to Hell," "Back in Black" and its lead single, "Shoot to Thrill." It's a safe bet that once "Iron Man 2" arrives in theaters May 7, this album's sales should spike handsomely.
Usher's "Raymond v Raymond" slips one rung to No. 5 with 52,000 (down 19%), and the "Now 33" compilation holds at No. 6 with 37,000 (down 18%).
The final debut in the top 10 this week comes from chart veteran Jimmy Buffett at No. 7 with the live set "Encores" (31,000). The double-length album is available exclusively through Wal-Mart, Buffett's Margaritaville retail stores and its Web site. "Encores" is Buffett's ninth top 10 album and his first since 2006's "Take the Weather With You" debuted and peaked at No. 4.
Bieber's first "My World" album skips up two positions with a 3% gain to No. 8 with 31,000. (Rounding off SoundScan figures renders this title's sales to appear the same as Buffett's, though the latter leads.) Zac Brown Band's "The Foundation"—another album that profits from the Academy of Country Music Awards—rises to a new chart high of No. 9 with 29,000 (up 26%). Lady Gaga's "The Fame" drops three spots to No. 10 with 28,000 (down 10%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending April 25) totaled 5.6 million units, up 3% compared with the sum last week (5.5 million) and down 10% compared with the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.2 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 98.2 million, down 10% compared with the same total at this point last year (11 million).
AND NEXT WEEK:
Next week on the Billboard 200, it's looking like rapper B.o.B may enter at No. 1 on the chart with his debut album "The Adventures of Bobby Ray," perhaps selling around 80,000 to 85,000 by week's end on May 2 according to record label sources.
If B.o.B's set sells that much, it could be the lowest sales week for the country's top selling album since last May, when Chrisette Michele's "Epiphany" debuted in the penthouse with 83,000.
Figuring out Nos. 2-4 on next week's chart is a bit difficult, though we're suspecting a couple familiar faces will be in the mix. It's looking like Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" and Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" could take the runner-up slot, depending on how their sales erode this week. This past week, "Need" sold 83,000 with a 27% increase to land at No. 2, while Bieber's set dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 with 81,000 (down 12%).
The chart's second-highest debut looks likely to come from rock band Bullet For My Valentine with its new "Fever" set. Industry prognosticators think it could sell around 60,000 to 65,000 copies.
Other albums in the hunt for high debuts on next week's chart include Melissa Etheridge's "Fearless Love," Miranda Cosgrove's "Sparks Fly" and Hole's "Nobody's Daughter." Etheridge and Cosgrove may each sell perhaps 40,000, while Hole's set looks safe for a start somewhere in the 15,000 to 25,000 range.
Album units, current chart week: 5.6 million units
UP 2% from last week's charts: 5.5 million units
DOWN 10% from the comparable week in 2009: 6.2 million units
This week: No albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
This week last year on the Billboard 200: Rick Ross' "Deeper Than Rap" debuted atop the tally with 158,000 while the previous week's No. 1, the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack fell to No. 2 with 104,000 (down 22%). Depeche Mode's "Sounds of the Universe" was the second-highest new entry, starting at No. 3 with 80,000. Asher Roth's "Asleep in the Bread Aisle" was the final arrival in the top 10, opening at No. 5 with 65,000.
A LOOK AHEAD
Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Bullet for My Valentine's "Fever," Melissa Etheridge's "Fearless Love," Hole's "Nobody's Daughter," B.o.B's "The Adventures of Bobby Ray," Miranda Cosgrove's "Sparks Fly," Daddy Yankee's "Mundial" and Drowning Pool's "Drowning Pool."
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2009 when: Bob Dylan's "Together Through Life" arrived atop the tally with 125,000. The previous week's No. 1, Rick Ross' "Deeper Than Rap," fell to No. 4 with 51,000 (down 68%). Two more albums started in the top 10: rock super group Heaven & Hell's "The Devil You Know" (No. 8 with 30,000) and the compilation "Playing for Change: Songs Around the World" (No. 10 with 26,000).