Jack Johnson Scores Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200
Country artists Justin Moore, Chris Young and Billy Currington all make Top 10 bows as well
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "From Here to Now to You" bows atop the list with 117,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The new effort is his third consecutive studio set to debut at No. 1, following "Sleep Through the Static" (2008) and "To the Sea" (2010). (He also opened at No. 1 with his soundtrack to the film "Curious George" in 2006.)
"From Here to Now to You," however, starts with Johnson's lowest debut sales week since his first album, 2001's "Brushfire Fairytales." That set arrived in February of that year, selling fewer than 1,000 copies in its first week. Comparably, Johnson's last two albums started with more than twice the opening sum of "From Here." His last studio set, "To the Sea," sailed in with 243,000, and "Sleep Through the Static" bowed with 375,000.
Johnson leads a debut-filled top 10, where all of the top five titles are new entries for the first time in a little more than a year. That last occurred on the Sept. 29, 2012, chart (reflecting the sales week ending Sept. 16) when Dave Matthews Band, Little Big Town, Bob Dylan, the Avett Brothers and the xx started at Nos. 1-5, respectively.
About 20,000 copies behind Johnson this week is country singer Justin Moore, who logs his best sales week yet with his new album, "Off the Beaten Path." It debuts at No. 2 with 97,000 and secures him a second No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart.
The new set is his third full-length studio album, following "Outlaws Like Me" in 2011 and his self-titled debut in 2009. The former bowed at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with 65,000 in its first week. The self-titled album entered at No. 10 with 34,000.
"Off the Beaten Path" is currently enjoying a No. 2 single on the Country Airplay chart: The song "Point at You" rises 3-2 this week.
Moore's "Off the Beaten Path" is one of five country albums in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 this week — the most in the region in almost three years. Joining Moore in the country parade are the debuting Chris Young ("A.M." at No. 3) and Billy Currington ("We Are Tonight" at No. 10), along with Luke Bryan ("Crash My Party," moving 4-6 in its sixth week with 47,000; down 11%) and Keith Urban ("Fuse," falling 1-8 in its second week with 31,000; down 69%).
Country last swamped the top 10 with five titles way back on Oct. 30, 2010. That week, Darius Rucker's "Charleston, SC 1966" (No. 2), the Band Perry's self-titled album (No. 4), Kenny Chesney's "Hemingway's Whiskey" (No. 6), Zac Brown Band's "You Get What You Give" (No. 8) and Toby Keith's "Bullets in the Gun" (No. 9) reigned in the top 10.
Young's "A.M." bows with 54,000 and becomes his highest-charting album (though not his best sales week). It’s his second top 10 effort, following 2011's "Neon," which claimed his biggest sales week when it started with 73,000 at No. 4.
Currington, meanwhile, nets his second top 10 album, as "We Are Tonight" enters with 26,000. That's a smaller start than what he saw with his last album (and previous top 10 set), 2010's "Enjoy Yourself." It bowed at No. 9 with 45,000.
In the No. 4 slot this week is the debuting compilation "MMG: Self Made 3," with 50,000. The Maybach Music Group-branded release features contributions from Meek Mill, Wale, Rick Ross and others. It's the third consecutive "Self Made" compilation to bow in the top five. The first started at No. 5 with 59,000 in 2011, while the second launched at No. 4 with 98,000 in 2012.
One more debut populates the action-packed top five this week: Avicii's "True" starts at No. 5 with 50,000. It marks the biggest bow for a solo EDM artist's first studio album. The set's smash hit single, "Wake Me Up!," rises 8-4 on the Pop Songs airplay chart this week (known as Mainstream Top 40 on billboard.biz).
A whopping 91% of first-week sales for “True” were downloads, equating to 45,000 digital albums. Comparably, 68% of the first-week sales for Johnson's No. 1 debut were from digital sales (80,000 downloads).
To finish wrapping up the top 10 this week: 2 Chainz's "B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME" slips 3-7 with 35,000 (down 46%), and the Weeknd's "Kiss Land" falls 2-9 with 26,000 (down 73%).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, history is made. The top three songs each sell in excess of 300,000 downloads for the first time outside of the Christmas holiday season.
Lorde's "Royals" jumps 3-1 with 307,000—up 17% for its first week at No. 1 and best sales week yet. Behind her is Katy Perry's "Roar," which holds steady at No. 2 with 301,000 (down 10%) and Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball," down 1-3 with a little more than 301,000 as well (down 37%). (The sales of both titles have been rounded to the nearest thousand. "Wrecking Ball" is behind "Roar" by a margin of less than 1% in sales.)
The top three songs on the tally have each moved 300,000 downloads in six previous weeks, but all were during the post-Christmas time period. That's when digital song sales are extraordinarily high thanks to consumers redeeming just-received gift cards.
Perry has a second song in the top 10 this week, as her new track "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J) bows at No. 4 with 194,000. Right behind it is Avicii's "Wake Me Up!," which slips one rung to No. 5 with 189,000 (down 6%).
Britney Spears' "Work B**ch!" debuts at No. 6 with 174,000 downloads. It's the first single from her forthcoming studio album, due in December. Comparably, her last album's first single, "Hold It Against Me," launched with 411,000 in January 2011.
Lady Gaga's "Applause" is down 13% this week, slipping 5-7 with 160,000. Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" (featuring Majid Jordan) is steady at No. 8 with 150,000 (up 5%).
Eminem's "Berzerk" descends 6-9 with 147,000 (down 11%), and Jay Z's "Holy Grail" (featuring Justin Timberlake) moves 7-10 with 134,000 (down 8%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Sept. 22) totaled 4.543 million units, up less than 1% compared with the sum last week (4.541 million) and down 16% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012 (5.42 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 200 million, down 6% compared with the same total at this point last year (212.7 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 21.9 million downloads, down 1% compared with last week (22.1 million) and down 7% stacked next to the comparable week of 2012 (23.5 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 954.3 million, down 3% compared with the same total at this point last year (986 million).
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2012 when: Mumford & Sons' "Babel" debuted at No. 1 with 600,000 sold, while Green Day's "Uno!" bowed at No. 2 with 139,000. The previous week's leader, P!nk's "The Truth About Love," fell to No. 4 with 94,000 (down 66%).