T.I.’s “Paper Trail” maintains its lock at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week . . . Meanwhile, Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” flies to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 — the second chart-topper of her 10 year career . . . Rise Against notches its highest-charting album . . . Oasis visits the top 10 for the first time since 1997 . . . Bob Dylan bows with his 50th charting release . . . Tim McGraw nabs his 11th No. 1 on Top Country Albums . . . Sarah McLachlan’s first greatest-hits album starts at No. 11 . . . Meanwhile, in Progress Reports, we’ve got updates on the latest singles from Pink, Paramore and Lindsay Lohan.
T.I.’s “Paper Trail” album holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week, shifting 177,000 (down 70%), but arguably the week’s bigger chart news happens over on the Billboard Hot 100.
Britney Spears makes a 96-1 jump with “Womanizer,” returning to the top of the list for the first time since her debut single “. . . Baby One More Time” hit No. 1 in January 1999 . . . This is the third time in the past two months that the record for the biggest jump to No. 1 has been shattered. On the Hot 100 dated Sept. 6, T.I. soared 71-1 with “Whatever You Like” and last week he broke his own record when he sprinted 80-1 with “Live Your Life.” . . . Spears’ massive leap to No. 1 is spurred by first-week digital download sales of 286,000, the biggest opening-week tally by a female artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking digital downloads in 2003, besting Mariah Carey’s take for “Touch My Body” by just over 200 units . . . In between her nearly 10-year gap between No. 1s, Spears has placed four other top 10s on the Hot 100, the last being “Gimme More,” the first single from her last album, “Blackout.” That song jumped 68-3 last October with first-week download sales of 179,000. “Womanizer” previews Spears’ sixth studio set “Circus,” due Dec. 2.
Seven albums debut in the top 20 of the Billboard 200 this week, including Rise Against’s “Appeal to Reason,” landing at a career-high No. 3 with 65,000. The band’s last set, “The Sufferer and the Witness,” bowed at No. 10 in 2006 with 48,000. The set’s lead single, “Re-Education (Through Labor),” is No. 4 on the Modern Rock chart this week, the act’s highest-charting single yet. The group is on tour with Alkaline Trio, Thrice and the Gaslight Anthem through the end of November and will then head out on its own for a series of dates in Canada before trekking to Europe in 2009.
Oasis not only earns its first top 10 album since 1997, but does so with its first for Reprise Records, as “Dig Out Your Soul” enters at No. 5 with 53,000. The band’s last studio set, 2005’s “Don’t Believe the Truth,” began at No. 12 but with a larger opening sales week — 65,000. The act last reached the top 10 when 1997’s “Be Here Now” debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 152,000. The set — the follow-up to the massive “What’s the Story (Morning Glory)” — spent one more week in the top 10 and ultimately 26 weeks on the chart. Oasis is also experiencing its highest-charting single on the Modern Rock tally in 11 years as new track “The Shock of the Lightening” climbs to No. 13 this week — the band’s best rank on the list since “Don’t Go Away” peaked at No. 5 in November of 1997.
Bob Dylan notches his 17th top 10 album — and 50th charting set overall — on the Billboard 200 as “The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 – Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased, 1989-2006” debuts at No. 6 with 50,000. The previous seven volumes of his “Bootleg Series” all reached the Billboard 200 as well, beginning with the first three (packaged together as one release), which peaked at No. 49 in 1991. Volumes four, five, six and seven hit Nos. 31, 56, 28 and 16, respectively.
Tim McGraw scores his 11th No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart as “Greatest Hits 3” starts with 44,000 and a No. 9 placing on the Billboard 200. McGraw issued a statement yesterday (Oct. 14) via his official Web site, voicing his displeasure with the release of the hits package. According to the statement, the artist has been working on a new studio album and wanted to release it this fall, but his record label — Curb — opted to issue a hits set without McGraw’s involvement . . . The new “Hits” samples McGraw’s catalog of work, stretching back to 1995’s “Can’t Be Really Gone” through to his current hit, “Let It Go,” which sits at No. 6 on Hot Country Songs this week. McGraw’s first “Greatest Hits,” released in 2000, has shifted 5.9 million in the United States while its 2006 follow-up has shifted 2.2 million.
Speaking of hits packages, Sarah McLachlan’s first greatest-hits set, “Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan,” enters the Billboard 200 with 40,000 at No. 11. The release was available in two versions — the standard 16-track edition and a deluxe 27-track package. The latter’s additional 11 tracks include seven songs not found on the standard edition, along with four remixes of material already on the single-disc set. Previous to this week, these two versions would not have had their sales merged into one entity in Nielsen SoundScan’s database (and therefore on Billboard’s charts), because there was too much added content. However, Billboard — in concert with SoundScan — just announced new guidelines regarding the merging of albums, thereby making McLachlan’s sets eligible to be merged. The full rundown of the new merge guidelines is available at SoundScan’s Web site.
Other high debuts on the Billboard 200 this week include Senses Fail’s “Life Is Not a Waiting Room” (No. 18 with 24,000), Marco Antonio Solis’ “No Molestar” (No. 19 with 23,000), the Pretenders’ “Break Up the Concrete” (No. 32 with 16,000) and Tesla’s “Forever More” (No. 33 with 16,000).
|The Billboard 200
Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
|1||1||T.I. Paper Trail (Grand Hustle / Atlantic / AG)||*11||New||SARAH MCLACHLAN Closer: The Best Of Sarah McLachlan (Arista / RMG)|
|2||5||METALLICA Death Magnetic (Warner Bros. )||12||3||ROBIN THICKE Something Else (Star Trak / Interscope / IGA)|
|*3||New||RISE AGAINST Appeal To Reason (DGC / Interscope / IGA)||13||14||LIL WAYNE Tha Carter III (Cash Money / Universal Motown / UMRG)|
|4||2||JENNIFER HUDSON Jennifer Hudson (Arista / RMG)||14||10||JAZMINE SULLIVAN Fearless (J / RMG)|
|*5||New||OASIS Dig Out Your Soul (Big Brother / Reprise / Warner Bros.)||15||12||YOUNG JEEZY The Recession (CTE / Def Jam / IDJMG)|
|*6||New||BOB DYLAN Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Rare And Unreleased 1989-2006 (Columbia / Legacy / Sony BMG)||16||15||JONAS BROTHERS A Little Bit Longer (Hollywood )|
|7||7||KID ROCK Rock N Roll Jesus (Top Dog / Atlantic / AG)||17||19||RIHANNA Good Girl Gone Bad (SRP / Def Jam / IDJMG)|
|8||6||NE-YO Year Of The Gentleman (Def Jam / IDJMG)||*18||New||SENSES FAIL Life Is Not A Waiting Room (Vagrant )|
|*9||New||TIM MCGRAW Greatest Hits 3 (Curb )||*19||New||MARCO ANTONIO SOLIS No Molestar (Fonovisa / Universal Latino)|
|10||4||JAMES TAYLOR Covers (Hear / Concord)||20||22||SUGARLAND Love On The Inside (Mercury Nashville / UMGN)|
|* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week|
Album units, current chart week: 6.41 million units
DOWN 14.5% from last issue’s charts: 7.50 million units
DOWN 23.1% from same week, 2007: 8.34 million units
This week: Only the No. 1 album sells more than 100,000 copies.
This week last year on the Billboard 200: Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus” bowed at No. 1 with 172,000. The previous week’s chart-topper, Bruce Springsteen’s “Magic,” slipped to No. 2 with 133,000 (down 60%). New albums from LeAnn Rimes, Sara Evans and Josh Groban also started in the top 10. The top two albums each sold more than 100,000.
The No. 10 album this week, James Taylor’s “Covers” (Hear), sold 44,000.
The No. 10 album for the same week of 2007, Josh Groban’s “Noel” (143/Reprise/Warner Bros.), sold 64,000.
Average total of the No. 10 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (1999-2008): 70,465.
Pink pockets her fifth chart-topper on the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart, as “So What” rises from No. 3 to No. 1. The song’s ascension pushes Pink into a tie with Avril Lavigne and Justin Timberlake for second-most chart-toppers in the list’s 16-year history. Only Mariah Carey (with six) has more.
Actress/singer Lindsay Lohan notches her first No. 1 single on the Hot Dance Club Play chart with “Bossy,” the first offering from her forthcoming third studio album. Her last set, 2005’s “A Little More Personal,” debuted and peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 305,000.
Paramore debuts at No. 35 on the Modern Rock chart with “Decode,” the first single from the upcoming “Twilight” soundtrack album, due Nov. 4 through Chop Shop/Atlantic. The song, written specifically for the film — which opens Nov. 21 — is one of two Paramore cuts on the soundtrack. Other acts on the album include Muse, Perry Farrell, Linkin Park and MuteMath . . . “Decode” is the fourth Modern Rock hit for Paramore, following “Misery Business” (No. 3), “CrushCrushCrush” (No. 4) and “That’s What You Get” (No. 36).
A LOOK AHEAD
Among the titles released this week, due on next week’s charts: Kenny Chesney’s deluxe version of “Lucky Old Sun,” Keane’s “Perfect Symmetry,” Lucinda Williams’ “Little Honey,” Mary Mary’s “The Sound,” Billy Currington’s “Little Bit of Everything” and Elvis Presley’s “Christmas Duets.”
Next week’s Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2007 when: Bruce Springsteen’s “Magic” returned to No. 1, shifting 77,000 (down 42% in its third week). The previous week’s chart-topper, Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus,” moved to No. 2 with 77,000 (down 55%). Two albums debuted in the top 10: Jimmy Eat World’s “Chase This Light” (No. 5 with 62,000) and Santana’s “Ultimate Santana” (No. 8 with 56,000). No albums’ sales exceeded 100,000.