What he’s lost in luxurious hair over the years, Robin Thicke has gained in chart presence: the smooth singer’s new album Blurred Lines has snagged the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, marking a career first.
Aided by the strength of his summer smash “Blurred Lines,” Thicke’s album of the same name sold 177,000 in its debut, his best sales week ever according to Nielsen Soundscan. His previous record was set by 2008′s Something Else, which debuted at No. 3 with 137,000.
Now, on to artists who didn’t headline last night’s Colbchella: Five Finger Death Punch! That rock band’s latest effort, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell: Volume 1, slotted at No. 2 with 112,000 — which amounts to their best-ever sales week as well. Behind them is Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, slipping to No. 3 with 62,000.
MCHG was in fact the only non-debut to land in the top five. At No. 4 came indie-rap artist Tech N9ne, whose Something Else (no relation to the Thicke album of the same name) scored 58,000 in sales. (As Billboard points out, Tech N9ne also claims a guest spot on that new Five Finger Death Punch album.) And rounding out the top five is the Backstreet Boys, who sold 48,000 copies of their sixth effort, In a World Like This.