Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jackie Evancho Arrives With 'Awakening'
Also: John Mellencamp celebrates 35 years on the chart and a Beatle helps a video game soundtrack find success
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga debuted at No. 1 with their collaborative album, Cheek to Cheek, selling 131,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 28, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the second leader for Bennett, and the third for Gaga.
Of course, there was lots of chart action elsewhere on the chart. Let's take a closer look:
– Jackie Evancho, Awakening - No. 17 – 14-year-old vocalist Jackie Evancho debuts at No. 17 with Awakening, and also earns her fifth No. 1 on Classical Crossover Albums with the new release. Thus, she manages the notable feat of having No. 1s as both a tween and a teenager.
Evancho notched her first of five No. 1 albums when she was only 10-years old, back when O Holy Night opened at No. 1 on the Dec. 4, 2010 Classical Crossover chart. (Evancho also claimed a pair of No. 1s when she was 11, in 2011, and another when she was 12, in 2012.)
Other artists with No. 1s both as a tween and teen (and sometimes beyond) include Hanson’s Zac Hanson, who claimed various chart toppers at 11, 12, 13, 18 and 21.
Also on that list, Michael Jackson, as part of Jackson 5, The Jacksons and a solo artist. Jackson tallied his first No. 1, with his brothers in Jackson 5, on Jan. 10, 1970. That week, “I Want You Back” hit No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, when Jackson was 11 years old. Jackson would later tally many leaders as a teenager (and beyond), both with and without his siblings.
– John Mellencamp, Plain Spoken - No. 18 – John Mellencamp celebrates 35 years on the Billboard 200, as Plain Spoken takes a bow at No. 18. It's his 18th top 40 album, and seventh top 40 effort in a row. Mellencamp debuted on the list (as John Cougar) on Aug. 18, 1979.
— Ariana Grande, Yours Truly - No. 77 – Grande’s debut album, Yours Truly, rebounds 173-77 (up 138 percent) thanks to $1.99 pricing in the Google Play store. Google also gave away free downloads of her second album, this year’s My Everything, but those freebies do not count towards the chart.
— Soundtrack, Destiny – No. 101 — The video game soundtrack (which credits Paul McCartney as a collaborator) makes a notable debut, selling 3,000 copies and bowing at No. 4 on the Soundtracks chart.
— George Harrison, The Apple Years: 1968-75 - No. 167 – As one Beatle helps bring a video game soundtrack to life at No. 101, another Beatle band mate arrives at No. 167. Harrison's The Apple Years box set is his 19th charting album.
— Soundtrack, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty — No. 180 — The premium cable premiere of the film sends its soundtrack back onto the list with a 65 percent sales gain. The album has sold 74,000 to date.