Josh Groban's 'Stages' Hits Half-Million in U.S. Sales
Josh Groban earns his ninth half-million-selling album, as Stages tiptoes past the 500,000 sales mark in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. The album sold another 4,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 15, bringing its cumulative total to 502,000. The showtunes-filled album is Groban’s most recent effort and was released on April 28.
Groban’s best-seller remains Closer, which was released in 2001 and has moved 6.1 million copies. He’s had three more million-sellers: Noel (5.8 million, released in 2007), his self-titled debut (5.2 million, 2003) and Awake (2.3 million, 2006).
Stages has only seen one of its tracks reach the singles charts: “All I Ask of You,” a duet with Kelly Clarkson, reached No. 32 on Pop Digital Songs. (“All I Ask of You” was originally from the stage show The Phantom of the Opera.) Groban’s previous album, 2013’s All That Echoes, contained four charting songs: “Brave” and “I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever),” which reached Nos. 13 and 18 on Adult Contemporary, and “E It Promettero” and “Un Alma Mas,” which hit Nos. 14 and 16 on Classical Digital Songs.
Groban’s currently on tour through Nov. 4. A TV special drawn from his tour -- Josh Groban: Stages Live -- will premiere Nov. 28 on PBS. The concert comes shortly before Noel makes its debut on vinyl, as the Christmas album will bow as a double-LP on Dec. 4.