Driven by the success of her Top 5 single “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” — and it’s lippy VMA performance — Truth became Pink’s sixth straight Top 10 debut. Still, until today, her previous chart high came with the 2008 set Funhouse, which debuted at No. 2.
Pink is that rare breed of pop star — the kind that can sell both singles and albums. Not so for everyone on this week’s list though:
In second place was the Kanye West-compiled collection Cruel Summer, which features artists like Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and West himself. The disc, which includes the rap hits “Clique” and “Mercy,” started with an impressive 205,000 copies in its first week.
The Killers’ latest, Battle Born, moved a solid 113,000 units in its first week — enough for third place on the chart. The set moved substantially fewer copies in its first week than the Killers’ 2008 album Day & Age, which debuted with 193,000, but the industry has changed a lot in four years — which makes Pink’s sales all the more impressive.
The Dave Matthews Band’s Away from the World fell 77 percent from 1-4 this week, selling 62,000 copies. After two weeks, the DMB disc has sold a not-at-all-shabby 331,000 copies. Close behind, Little Big Town’s Tornado blew from 2-5, dropping 55 percent to 50,000. It has now sold 159,000 after two weeks — a great start for the country quartet.
“Call Me Maybe” chanteuse Carly Rae Jepsen fared less well with her new album Kiss, which debuted at No. 6 with 46,000 copies in its first week. Typically, a debut like that wouldn’t merit much criticism, but most artists haven’t sold 5.8 million downloads of a single song; Jepsen has.
Rounding out the Top 10 were Brooklyn indie rockers Grizzly Bear, whose new album Shields entered at No. 7 with an impressive 39,000, Bob Dylan’s Tempest, which fell 3-8 and sold 35,000, The Avett Brothers’ The Carpenter, which dropped 4-9 and moved 30,000, and Ben Folds Five’s The Sound of the Life of the Mind, which started at No. 10 with 30,000.