Songz' First No. 1; Adele Bids Adieu To Top 10
Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Chapter V" bows atop the list with 135,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It's the R&B singer's fifth full-length studio album and follows 2010's "Passion, Pain & Pleasure", which debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 240,000. It was barely beaten to the pole position that week by Linkin Park's "A Thousand Suns", which also made its debut. The latter set started with just 1,000 copies more (241,000).
Each of Songz' albums has peaked progressively higher on the Billboard 200, culminating in his first No. 1 this week. His debut set, 2005's "I Gotta Make It", topped out at No. 20. It was followed by 2007's "Trey Day", which hit No. 11. Then Ready reached No. 3 in 2009, and "Passion, Pain & Pleasure" claimed No. 2.
So far, "Chapter V" has collected a pair of top 10 singles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart: "Heart Attack" (No. 3) and "2 Reasons" (No. 8).
Chart geeks, take note: This is the second album named "Chapter V" to reach No. 1. Rock band Staind also claimed a No. 1 debut with its same-named set in 2005.
Owl Hoots: Owl City's "The Midsummer Station" starts at No. 7 with 30,000, marking the act's third top 10 set. The album's current single, "Good Time" (with Carly Rae Jepsen), hits the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 for the first time this week.
Owl City's last full-length set, 2011's "All Things Bright and Beautiful", debuted and peaked at No. 6 with a 48,000 start. However, the album spent only nine weeks on the tally -- a meager total compared with the 56 frames that the act's debut album, "Ocean Eyes", spent on the list. ("Ocean Eyes" was fueled by the No. 1 Hot 100 single "Fireflies.") It's probably safe to say that the new album could have a longer shelf life than "All Things Bright and Beautiful" on the chart, thanks to the popularity of the Jepsen collaboration.
Downloads made up 72% of Owl City's first week, while they accounted for 38% of Trey Songz' "Chapter V" debut. That's not terribly surprising, as digital sales amounted to 48% of the total sales of Owl City's last album, compared with 16% for Songz' "Passion, Pain & Pleasure".
Adele Leaves Top 10: Adele's "21" has slipped out of the top 10 for the first time in its 79-week chart run. This week, the album falls 8-12 with 24,000 (down 9%). The set debuted at No. 1 on March 12, 2011, and spent its first 78 frames within the top 10. It's tied with Def Leppard's "Hysteria" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for the third-longest run in the top 10 since 1963 (when Billboard's mono and stereo album charts were combined into one tally). Only Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." (84 weeks) and the "Sound of Music" soundtrack (109) logged longer top 10 runs.
The absence of "21" from the top 10 may be temporary -- it could easily return to the region next week due to a weak Aug. 28 release schedule.
As for the next issue's No. 1, hip-hop supergroup Slaughterhouse and TobyMac have a shot at the top slot with their new albums, industry sources say. Both Slaughterhouse's "Welcome to Our House" and TobyMac's "Eye on It" could sell 50,000-60,000 by the end of the tracking week (Sept. 2).
The sales action at the top of the Billboard 200 won't start to really heat up until Sept. 18, when an avalanche of A-list albums arrive, including G.O.O.D. Music's "Cruel Summer" compilation, P!nk's "The Truth About Love", Carly Rae Jepsen's "Kiss", the Killers' "Battle Born" and the 25th-anniversary reissue of Michael Jackson's "Bad".
Who's Bad? Speaking of Michael Jackson's "Bad", early forecasts for the set's first-week sales indicate that it could start with around 150,000 sold, label sources say. A more realistic figure might be a bit less, though anything is possible.
The industry weirdly finds itself in much the same position that it was in circa 1987: comparing the release of "Bad" to "Thriller". Back then, "Bad" had the unenviable task of following up the record-breaking sales of 1982's "Thriller". And now, the 25th-anniversary version of "Bad" is standing in the shadow of the successful "Thriller" reissue in 2008. While we don't know how many copies the "Thriller" reboot sold in its first week -- all versions of an album are merged together in Nielsen SoundScan's system -- the reissue re-entered the Catalog Albums chart upon its release at No. 1 with 166,000. The week previous, "Thriller" had sold only 2,000 -- so figure that the bulk of the 166,000 was the new version. "Thriller" finished 2008 with 712,000 sold, up from its 2007 total of 127,000.