Bieber Fever Grips Billboard 200

Justin Bieber triumphs at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "My World 2.0," debuting atop the tally with 283,000 copies sold in its first week . . . The 16-year-old is the youngest male solo artist to notch a No. 1 album since 1963 and on top of that, concurrently charts a pair of top five albums, as "My World" zips from No. 10 to No. 5 this week . . . Monica, a former teen star herself, returns to the Billboard 200 as her "Still Standing" album arrives at No. 2 with her second-best sales week ever (184,000) . . . Two more new sets start in the top 10: the "Now 33" compilation and She & Him's "Volume Two."


• As expected, Justin Bieber debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "My World 2.0," after shifting 283,000 copies in its first week. It's the teenager's second album and first No. 1. His first set, "My World," debuted at No. 6 upon its release last November. This week it rises to a new peak, scooting from No. 10 to No. 5 with 50,000 (up 50%).

• At 16 years old, Bieber is the youngest solo male artist to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since Aug. 24, 1963, when the then-13-year-old Stevie Wonder spent one week at No. 1 with "Little Stevie Wonder/The 12 Year Old Genius." (Wonder recorded the album when he was 12, but released it after turning 13.)

• The opening frame "My World 2.0" is also Bieber's best sales week, surpassing his previous high, when the first "My World" sold 157,000 copies during Christmas week of 2009.

• Thus, with albums at Nos. 1 and 5, Bieber is the first artist to concurrently chart two albums within the top five of the Billboard 200 since the Oct. 9, 2004, chart. That's when Nelly ranked at Nos. 2 and 4 with "Suit" and "Sweat," respectively. Nelly had bowed the simultaneously released albums at Nos. 1 and 2 on the previous week's chart. The last time an act placed two albums in the top five that weren't concurrently released was May 3, 2003. That week 50 Cent's first two major-label releases—"Get Rich or Die Tryin' " and the CD/DVD combo "The New Breed" were at Nos. 5 and 2, respectively.

• Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 is Monica with "Still Standing," selling 184,000 copies. It's the singer's second-highest sales week and -charting album, surpassed only by the 186,000 that "After the Storm" earned when it started at No. 1 way back in 2003. Last week Monica claimed her first No. 1 single on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in almost seven years as "Everything to Me" climbed from No. 3 to No. 1 on the tally. The tune—which samples Deniece Williams' "Silly," a No. 11 R&B hit for the singer in 1981—is Monica's sixth No. 1 overall on the R&B chart.

• The continuing saga of the "Now That's What I Call Music!" series extends its Billboard 200 dominance this week as the 33rd volume arrives at No. 3 with 135,000. The 21-track collection features Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles like Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" and Owl City's "Fireflies" and top 10 hits like Rihanna's "Hard" and Train's "Hey, Soul Sister." And with the "Now" franchise's latest spinoff, the Christian-leaning "Now That's What I Call Faith" debuting at No. 143, the brand has racked up an impressive 56 charting albums since it launched in 1998.

• The final new arrival in the top 10 this week belongs to She & Him with its second album, fittingly titled "Volume Two." It starts at No. 6 with 47,000. That trumps the peak and best sales week of the duo's first set, "Volume One," which topped out at No. 71. (Its best sales frame—10,000—came a week earlier when it debuted on the list at No. 81.)

• Last week's No. 1, Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," slips to No. 4 with 78,000 (down 16%) while Ludacris' "Battle of the Sexes" falls four slots to No. 7 with 45,000 (down 27%). Lady Gaga's "The Fame" slides three rungs to No. 8 with 41,000 (down 15%), Marvin Sapp's "Here I Am" drops seven spots to No. 9 with 39,000 (down 48%), and the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." moves down two positions to No. 10 with 34,000 (down 11%).

• Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending March 28) totaled 6 million units, up 6.5% compared with the sum last week (5.7 million) and down 11% compared with the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.8 million).


• The protege will be replaced by the mentor next week on the Billboard 200, as it seems Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" will give up the No. 1 slot to Usher's new "Raymond v Raymond" album. Industry prognosticators think the latter's album could sell around 300,000 by week's end on April 4, no doubt aided by his guest turn on "American Idol" this week.

• Usher—who secured Bieber an audition with Island Def Jam CEO L.A. Reid in 2008—topped the Billboard 200 his last time out in 2008 with "Here I Stand." That album sold 443,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Thus far, it has moved 1.2 million in the United States.

• "Raymond v Raymond" has already spun off a number of Billboard chart hits, including a pair of top 10 singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart: "Papers" (No. 1) and "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)" (No. 3).

• While Usher is on course for a No. 1 debut, the Billboard 200 will also greet new entries from a number of other big stars next week. Alan Jackson's "Freight Train," Erykah Badu's "New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh" and Barenaked Ladies' "All in Good Time" are heading for notable debuts, while E-40 will also make waves with the dual debut of his two new albums: "Revenue Retrievin': Day Shift" and "Revenue Retrievin': Night Shift."


• Album units, current chart week: 6.3 million units
• UP 6.5% from last week's charts: 5.7 million units
• DOWN 10.9% from the comparable week in 2009: 6.8 million units
• This week: The top three albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: The "Now 30" compilation debuted at No. 1 with 146,000, and the "Hannah Montana: the Movie" soundtrack started at No. 2 with 139,000.


• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Usher's "Raymond v Raymond," Alan Jackson's "Freight Train," Barenaked Ladies' "All in Good Time," Erykah Badu's "New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh" and E-40's "Revenue Retrievin': Day Shift" and "Revenue Retrievin': Night Shift."

• Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2009 when: Keith Urban narrowly beat out Prince to earn his first No. 1 album as "Defying Gravity" debuted with 172,000 copies ahead of the latter's "Lotus Flower's" arrival with 168,000. Diana Krall's "Quiet Nights" was the third debut in the top three, starting at No. 3 with 104,000.