To the surprise of no one, Jonas Brothers' "A Little Bit Longer" blows into the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, giving the brother trio its first chart-topper with a handsome 525,000 bow ... The Billboard 200 also greets debuts from Daddy Yankee, Yung Berg and another premium pop act -- the New Kids on the Block ... We've also got updates on Chris Brown's new No. 1, Rihanna's nonstop hitmaking ability and Journey's return to the top 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart. (NOTE: This story was updated on Aug. 20, 2008 at 10:00 AM PST to reflect a corrected sales figure for the Jonas Brothers' album "A Little Bit Longer.")
Everyone knew Jonas Brothers' third album, "A Little Bit Longer," would debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The real question was: How big was it going to be? Well, pretty darn big -- 525,000. But, that's not the number that the Brothers' label and distribution company -- and not to mention Billboard -- anticipated last week after its first day in stores. Hollywood Records and Universal Music Distribution projected that "Little" had a chance to finish the week with a number between 675,000 and 725,000. Billboard estimated that "Longer" could sell somewhere in the range of 600,000 to 725,000.
The snag was that the big first-day sales number for "Little" on last Wednesday's Nielsen Building chart threw traditional projection models and math out the window. On the album's first day in stores, it racked up 202,000 in unweighted sales. Based on how other recent major pop albums had performed on their first day -- in relation to the first full week -- Billboard predicted that the album's first-day sales could ultimately represent in the range of 28%-33% of its first full week's sales. However, the record's first day actually represented 38% of its full week.
Now, a 525,000 debut isn't anything to be ashamed of, either. It's by far Jonas Brothers' biggest week and of course, "A Little Bit Longer" becomes the act's first No. 1 album. Its debut is also the third-biggest sales week of 2008, with only the arrivals of Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" (1,006,000) and Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (721,000) mounting bigger sales weeks.
Jonas Brothers also score the rare feat of having two albums simultaneously in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, as their sophomore set, "Jonas Brothers," rises from No. 11 to No. 10 in its 54th chart week. It's the first time a group has scored two concurrent top 10 albums since 'N Sync did the trick on the Jan. 2, 1999, chart. That's when "Home for Christmas" was No. 10 and " 'N SYNC" was No. 2.
More JoBros. chart trivia for you . . . What was the last all-brother trio to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200? No, it wasn't Hanson. Their highest-charting album was "Middle of Nowhere," which peaked at No. 2 in 1997. Give up? You have to scroll way back to the Jan. 12, 1980, chart. That's when the Bee Gees' "Greatest" spent its lone week atop the tally.
This week's Billboard 200 also houses another very amazing feat. What's the common trait of the albums at Nos. 1-7 on the list? To recap, we have a new No. 1 with Jonas Brothers' "A Little Bit Longer," followed by the soundtrack to "Mamma Mia!," Kid Rock's "Rock N Roll Jesus," Miley Cyrus' "Breakout," Sugarland's "Love on the Inside," Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" and Coldplay's "Viva La Vida." So, what's the common thread? All of the top seven this week have been No. 1. It's the first time that has happened since Billboard began publishing its all-encompassing pop albums chart in 1963.
There is other news on the Billboard 200 this week, as Daddy Yankee's new soundtrack album "Talento De Barrio" arrives at No. 13 with 26,000 and a No. 1 bow on Top Latin Albums. Next up is Yung Berg's debut set, "Look What You Made Me," at No. 20 with 19,000. And, at No. 22, New Kids on the Block return with "Greatest Hits," shifting 19,000. The set, released through Columbia, doesn't contain any of the recently reunited group's new material. The act is now signed to Interscope and is prepping the Sept. 2 release of its new studio album "The Block." With "Greatest Hits" bowing at No. 22, it's the first time the New Kids have been on the Billboard 200 since "Face the Music" spent its final week on the list March 19, 1994.
|The Billboard 200
Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
|*1||New||JONAS BROTHERS A Little Bit Longer (Hollywood )||*11||16||TAYLOR SWIFT Taylor Swift (Big Machine )|
|2||1||SOUNDTRACK Mamma Mia! (Decca )||12||13||VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 28 (EMI / Sony BMG / Universal / Zomba / Capitol)|
|*3||4||KID ROCK Rock N Roll Jesus (Top Dog / Atlantic / AG)||*13||New||DADDY YANKEE Talento De Barrio (Soundtrack) ( )|
|4||2||MILEY CYRUS Breakout (Hollywood )||*14||20||KATY PERRY One Of The Boys (Capitol )|
|5||3||SUGARLAND Love On The Inside (Mercury Nashville / UMGN)||*15||22||LEONA LEWIS Spirit (SYCO / J / RMG)|
|6||5||LIL WAYNE Tha Carter III (Cash Money / Universal Motown / UMRG)||16||14||KIDZ BOP KIDS Kidz Bop 14 (Razor & Tie )|
|7||6||COLDPLAY Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (Capitol )||17||7||LLOYD Lessons In Love (Young-Goldie / The Inc. / Universal Motown / UMRG)|
|*8||8||SOUNDTRACK Camp Rock (Walt Disney )||*18||26||DISTURBED Indestructible (Reprise / Warner Bros.)|
|9||9||RIHANNA Good Girl Gone Bad (SRP / Def Jam / IDJMG)||19||25||DUFFY Rockferry (Mercury / IDJMG)|
|10||11||JONAS BROTHERS Jonas Brothers (Hollywood )||*20||New||YUNG BERG Look What You Made Me ( )|
|* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week|
Album units, current chart week: 7.33 million units
UP 2.5% from last issue's charts: 7.16 million units
DOWN 13.4% from same week, 2007: 8.47 million units
This week: The top three albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
This week last year on The Billboard 200: the "High School Musical 2" soundtrack charged in at No. 1 with 615,000 while the Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds set "Live at Radio City Music Hall" started at No. 3 with 70,000. Only the No. 1 album sold more than 100,000.
The No. 1 album this week, Jonas Brothers' "A Little Bit Longer" (Hollywood), sold 517,000.
The No. 1 album for the same week of 2007, the soundtrack to "High School Musical 2" (Walt Disney), sold 615,000.
Average total of the No. 1 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1999-2008): 319,392.
On the Mainstream Top 40 radio chart, Chris Brown becomes the first artist to score a pair of No. 1s in 2008, as "Forever" climbs 2-1. The track is his third chart-topper overall and follows fellow "Exclusive" album track "With You," which led for two weeks in March. He first reigned with debut single "Run It!" for seven weeks in late 2005/early 2006.
Also on the Mainstream Top 40 radio chart, Rihanna earns her fifth top 10 single from her album "Good Girl Gone Bad" as "Disturbia" jumps 11-9. The set, including its recent "Reloaded" relaunch material, becomes just the eighth in the list's history to produce five top 10s. The song marks her fourth top 10 appearance of 2008 and her 10th overall (dating back to her first in July 2005). It also pushes her past Akon for most among all artists in that span.
Journey climbs into the top 10 on the Adult Contemporary radio chart with "After All These Years" rising 12-10. It's the band's first top 10 single on any Billboard chart since 1996's "When You Love a Woman" hit the top 10 on a number of lists. (No. 3 on Adult Top 40, No. 1 for three weeks on AC, No. 9 on Mainstream Top 40 and No. 9 on Hot 100 Airplay.) It's the band's fourth top 10 hit on the AC chart, joining "Open Arms" (No. 7), "I'll Be Alright Without You" (No. 7) and "When You Love a Woman" (No. 1).
A LOOK AHEAD
Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: Staind's "The Illusion of Progress," Shwayze's "Shwayze" and the soundtrack to "The Cheetah Girls: One World."
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2007 when: The "High School Musical 2" soundtrack stayed put at No. 1 with 367,000. Talib Kweli's "Eardrum" arrived at No. 2 with 60,000. Only the No. 1 album sold more than 100,000.