Poll: Groban Is Week's Biggest Release
In a week with new releases from such heavy hitters as Jay-Z, Kid Rock, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam, it's the soft vocals of Josh Groban that are favored by music fans, according to a Billboard.coIn a week with new releases from such heavy hitters as Jay-Z, Kid Rock, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam, it's the soft vocals of Josh Groban that are favored by music fans, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 9,299 voters, 51% chose Groban's "Closer" (Warner Bros.) as the new title they are most likely to purchase among 10 of the week's biggest.
Pearl Jam, which separately issued the rarities set "Lost Dogs" and the "Live at the Garden" DVD this week via Epic, scored 14% and second place in the vote. Tying with 8% were Jay-Z's "The Black Album" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) and Pink's "Try This" (Arista).
Late rapper 2Pac's "Resurrection" (Amaru/Interscope) and Columbia's three-disc hits and rarities collection "The Essential Bruce Springsteen" each netted 5% in the poll. Kid Rock's self-titled Atlantic set grabbed 3%, as did Dolly Parton's "For God and Country" (Blue Eye). Bringing up the rear was the Ron Isley/Burt Bacharach collaboration "Here I Am" (DreamWorks) with 2% and Randy Travis' "Worship & Faith" (Word) with 1%.
The truth will be decided at the cash register, with results tallied by Nielsen SoundScan and published next week on The Billboard 200. A report on the new album chart will be posted Wednesday morning (Nov. 19) on Billboard.com, with the chart to be posted the next day.
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