The charts are a drag this week, thanks to the queens of the hit TV show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
The Logo TV reality competition program, where contestants compete for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar,” just launched its fifth season last week (Jan. 30). Singer/entertainer RuPaul — who has quite the Billboard chart history — created the show and serves as its host and one of its judges.
This week, two of its former contestants — Sharon Needles and Willam — make a splash on the charts.
Needles, the fourth-season winner, makes her Billboard chart debut with her album “PG-13.” It enters at No. 9 on Dance/Electronic Albums, No. 4 on Heatseekers Albums and No. 186 on the Billboard 200. The independently released effort sold 3,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. Interestingly, Needles’ first-week is larger than the bow of RuPaul’s last album, “Glamazon.” The latter set shifted 2,000 upon its debut in 2011.
“PG-13” features guest turns from RuPaul, Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic, Amanda Lepore and Jayne County.
Willam, meanwhile, bows at No. 6 on Comedy Digital Songs with “Boy is a Bottom.” The tune — a cheeky parody of Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” — sold 3,000 downloads last week, the performer’s best sales week yet. It features fellow drag performers Detox (who is currently competing on “Drag Race”) and Vicky Vox.
Willam has notched two earlier hits on the Comedy Digital Songs chart, though neither reached the top 10.
As for RuPaul, the entertainer just released the music video for the booty-shaking single “Peanut Butter” (featuring Big Freedia).