Carrie Underwood tops the albums chart

We’re well into the swing of the music industry’s all-important fourth quarter now, with major releases arriving in droves nearly every week. Carrie Underwood‘s Play On led the pack this week with a strong 318,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That was more than enough for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200; last week’s winner, Michael Jackson‘s This Is It, dropped off to a still-solid 196,000 for a No. 2 finish.

Andrea Bocelli bowed at No. 3 with 149,000 copies sold of his yuletide collection My Christmas. Glee: The Music, Vol. 1, rounding up many cover tunes from the Fox series that have already seen substantial digital sales, made it to No. 4 with 113,000. No. 5 went to NOW That’s What I Call Music! 32, which sold 102,000 with recent hits from the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Jay Sean, and more. (What, no Owl City?) Weezer hit No. 7 with 66,000 copies sold of Raditude — not an awful number in and of itself, but only about half of what their previous album sold in its first week last summer. Ouch. Down at No. 11, Foo Fighters sold 44,000 copies of their Greatest Hits. Slayer brought a World Painted Blood to No. 12 with 41,000.

And that was it for Top 20 debuts this week. Were you surprised to see how high or low any of these albums placed? Are you, like the record-buying public at large, suffering from Weezer Fatigue? (Sorry, Rivers! Hey, I really enjoy the single.) Weigh in below.

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  • Ramo

    Weezer should just call it quits. They’ve been churning out these same-sounding albums for years now. Rivers Cuomo reached an artistic peak with Pinkerton in 1996, a truly great, personal album. After that, instead of continuing in that direction he reverted to bland power pop, with a few bright spots along the way (ie Island in the Sun).

  • StuartW

    Re: Weezer. Still love the green album; still play it often. And whatever they lack in consistency, I still appreciate an act that knows how to come with good, strong melodies and a point of view in their lyrics. IMHO – Weezer is still better than other current rock bands; I think they’re being a bit under-rated at this point.

    • Melissa

      Cheers, Stuart. Totally agree with you. But honestly, let’s compare =w= to their 1990s brethren – they’re the only ones left who really have any significant pull on the mainstream. They make GOOD pop music. I know a lot of old school fans argue that the “art” of Rivers has waned this century, but I’d rather see him happy and bouncing on trampolines in concert than being the narcissistic douche he was in the late 90s.

  • Mr. Know-It-All

    I think her sales were down this time around because nobody recognized her from the picture on the album cover.

    • Yeah…

      What’s with all of that eyeliner?

    • Sean

      Yeah, because her name emblazoned across the cover was not a dead giveaway.

  • Trish

    Her album sales were great in this digital environment and lousy economy – over 100,000 more albums sold than nearest rival.Carrie’s first album Some Hearts did 315,000 the first week and went on to be her biggest selling album. Carrie is on TV a ton over next few weeks so could be huge.

  • Blue Silver

    I say Britney should just call it quits! With her lip-syncing call out and her fraudulent talent, radio should play modern music from great, original bands like Depeche Mode, Erasure, Bon Jovi, Duran Duran, Aerosmith, Creed, Pearl Jam, U2, etc!!!

  • doopey

    What about Steven Curtis Chapman’s beautiful, heart-wrenching album inspired by the death of his daughter — “Beauty Will Rise.” Christian artists don’t put up huge numbers, but they often crack the top 20 with their new releases. Anyone?

  • Chichi

    That is one crappy album cover. She looks utterly bored.

    • Ashley Gariner

      I agree, hate the cover, but I bought the album and absolutley love it, listen to Undo it, best song off the album

  • Robin

    “Play On” is the best album of the year. Love every song on it except one (can’t remember the name, but #9).

    Best song is her duet with Sons of Sylvia called “What Can I Say”. It’s number 12 and hopefully will be released as a single.

  • Preston

    Wow! Strong first week for Carrie Underwood’s album! I was more into this album than her other two. She had no other competition that week of Nov. 3rd. It shows that she’s just as strong a seller for a country artist as Taylor Swift is.

  • okla_sky

    We still hope that Carrie will save her hometown movie theater. I don’t know her personally, but I know that she is a wonderful person.
    http://www.newsok.com/checotah-familys-theater-hopes-turn-sour-with-economy/article/3413557

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