The Billboard 200:
While Adele’s “21” spends an incredible 19th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” debuts at No. 2 on the chart. Right behind Del Rey, perhaps shockingly, is veteran singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen’s “Old Ideas,” which enters at No. 3. It marks Cohen’s highest charting album ever, and with 41,000 sold, his best sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.
As always, there’s a lot of movers and shakers making waves outside of the top 10, so let’s take a look at the highlights:
— Madonna: The diva made the most of her Super Bowl halftime show performance on Feb. 5. The mega-gig came two days after her new single and video for “Give Me All Your Luvin'” (featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.) debuted and two days before the announcement of her upcoming world tour on Feb. 7. Further, iTunes launched an exclusive preorder campaign for her new album, “MDNA” (due March 26 on Live Nation/Interscope), on Feb. 3.
Madonna’s catalog of older albums had a 410% gain in sales in the week that ended at the close of business on Feb. 5 (moving from 5,000 to 26,000), while her catalog track sales surged by 214% (going from 30,000 to 94,000). That latter figure doesn’t includes sales of “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” which debuts on the Digital Songs chart at No. 7 with 115,000.
Madonna’s biggest-selling album of the last week was her “Celebration” hits set, which re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 24 with 16,000 (up 1,341%). Much of her catalog was sale-priced in the iTunes store for $7.99, while “Celebration” was discounted to $6.99.
— Michael Jackson/2CELLOS: And now we move from the Queen of Pop to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Jackson makes a splash on both the Billboard 200 and the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to Fox TV’s Jackson-themed “Glee” episode that aired Jan. 31. His “Number Ones” greatest hits zooms from No. 176 No. 61 on the Billboard 200 (8,000, up 162%) and “The Essential Michael Jackson” re-enters at No. 120 (4,000, up 76%). Further, 2CELLOS, the classical duo that appeared on the show performing “Smooth Criminal,” sees its self-titled album return to the chart at No. 92 (6,000, up 664%). More on “Smooth” and “Glee” in just a moment, down below in the Billboard Hot 100 section…
— Gotye: The physical CD version of “Making Mirrors” arrived last week, prompting the set’s 99% sales gain. It moves from selling 9,000 last week to 18,000 this week. Until now, the title had moved 41,000 as a digital-exclusive since its release on Aug. 16, 2011. Meanwhile, the act’s hit single “Somebody That I Used to Know” rises from No. 31 to No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its fifth week on the tally.
— Metallica: Like Gotye’s album (above), the physical version of Metallica’s “Beyond Magnetic” EP didn’t street until last week. The four song set, which dropped on Dec. 13, 2011, had sold 72,000 until now. This week, it shifts 14,000 (up 1,159%).
— “Drive” soundtrack: The DVD release of the Ryan Gosling film on Jan. 31 revs up sales of its soundtrack, which speeds back onto the list with 9,000 (up 336%). On our Top Soundtracks chart, it climbs from No. 15 to No. 2. Thus far, the album — with the bulk of it score music by Cliff Martinez — has sold 103,000 copies in the U.S.
The Billboard Hot 100:
As previously reported, Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” becomes the original “American Idol” champion’s third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as it lifts 2-1 with Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors. Madonna, meanwhile, bounds in at No. 13 with “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., after the trio — and Clarkson — appeared on NBC’s broadcast of the Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 5). Who else touches down on this week’s chart?
— “Glee” cast: Led by its remake of “Smooth Criminal” at No. 26, the Fox TV troupe sold 284,000 downloads of its five debuting Michael Jackson remakes, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Two of the covers — “Black or White” (No. 64) and “Bad” (No. 80) — originally topped the Hot 100 for Jackson in 1991 and 1987, respectively. Collectively, the 10 “Glee” covers tied to the Jackson-themed show sold 406,000 downloads.
— fun.: Following usage of “We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae, in Chevrolet’s Sonic Super Bowl ad, the song scores surges 63-41 as the Hot 100’s Greatest Gainer/Digital recipient (68,000 downloads, up 66%). With a full tracking week of sales after the TV exposure, the cut should soar on next week’s chart.
— Lil Wayne: After the video of “Mirror,” featuring Bruno Mars, premiered on Vevo on Jan. 31, the track re-enters at No. 57, spurred by a 218% improvement to 53,000 downloads. The song spent six prior weeks on the Hot 100, debuting at its No. 16 peak-to-date in September.
— Jason Mraz: “I Won’t Give Up,” the lead single from the singer/songwriter’s forthcoming fourth album, bullets for the first time since its debut at No. 8, when it opened atop Hot Digital Songs, four weeks ago. Despite its 78-81 dip on the Hot 100 this week, the ballad gains in digital sales (to 32,000) and shoots 28-22 on the Adult Top 40 airplay chart.