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Charts: Arcade Fire open on top, Eminem set for huge debut

Back in 2010, Arcade Fire scored their first number one with The Suburbs, an album that would go on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year. The Canadian collective is back on top with their follow-up Reflektor, which opens its sales life at the top of the Billboard 200 with 140,000 copies sold. That’s a solid number, though its slightly below the kickoff week for The Suburbs, which picked up 156,000. 

Of course, Arcade Fire only spent a single week at number one last time around — The Suburbs was dethroned by Eminem’s Recovery, which had returned to the top of the chart in its eighth week of release. It looks like history will be repeating itself: Eminem’s just-released The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is on track to sell between 700,000 and 750,000 units this week, which would easily give Slim Shady his 11th chart-topper and the second-biggest opening of the year behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience.

That would also be right on pace with the opening week of Recovery, which opened with 741,000 copies sold. Of course, he’ll fall well short of the premiere week for 2000′s The Marshall Mathers LP, which hit a staggering 1.76 million copies. Em will even fall short of the first Marshall Mathers LP‘s second week, which saw it do another 800,000. Still, Slim Shady has shown remarkable durability despite shifting cultural allegiances and mixed reviews.

Eminem also finds himself on top of the Digital Songs chart this week, with “The Monster,” his Rihanna-assisted single, selling 373,000 downloads. READ FULL STORY

Sales report: Katy Perry's 'Prism' easily tops albums chart, gives her best female first-week sales of the year

It’s time to bring out the big, big, big, big, big, big balloons: Katy Perry’s Prism is No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart.

The singer’s fourth effort sold 286,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. That gives Perry — who, incidentally, covers the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands this Friday — the largest album sales week by a woman this the year, besting Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz by a cool 16,000.

In fact, it’s biggest first week for a female pop album since Madonna’s MDNA moved 359,000 copies back in April of last year. She also easily beat the debut figures of her last album, Teenage Dream, which bowed at No. 1 with 192,000.

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Miley Cyrus tops the Billboard albums chart, because of course she does

Shockerz — Bangerz is no. 1.

Media wallflower Miley Cyrus topped the Billboard charts with 270,000 in first-week sales — giving her the eighth-largest debut of the year. (For comparison, her last album, 2010′s Can’t Be Tamed, sold 102,000 in its first week).

Coming in a distant but still impressive second: Panic! At the Disco’s Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, with 83K. Dang! Those kids! Love! Exclamation points!

Drake’s a good holder-upper and he knows it – his Nothing Was the Same stayed strong at no. 3 with 80K; Justin Timberlake dropped harder, landing at no. 5 with a still-not-bad 72K, and Lorde maintained at no.7 with 58K.

Clipse rapper and Friend of Kanye Pusha T bowed at no. 4 with My Name Is My Name moving 74K; the Glee Cory Monteith tribute EP The Quarterback landed at no. 7 with 47K; Korn came in at no. 8 with 45K (so that’s still a thing?); and The Voice Season Three winner Cassadee Pope’s Frame by Frame took the no. 9 spot with 44K.

Rounding out the top 10: Cher, whose Closer to the Truth had the smallest drop of the week — 4% — to sell 38K. Not too bad for her 25th studio album. Yep, 25th. Miley, are you taking notez?

Chart report: Justin Timberlake lands his second No. 1 album of the year

Forget Runner Runner — look over here instead! Justin Timberlake, currently the “star” of the No. 3 movie in the land, is faring better at his dayjob at the moment: The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 debuted atop the Billboard albums chart this week with 350,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

This, of course, is JT’s second No. 1 album of the year;  back in March, the first 20/20 Experience album debuted to the tune of 968,000, easily giving it the year’s biggest sales week. As Billboard notes, the last time an artist  sent two studio albums to No. 1 so quickly was System of a Down in 2005, when Mesmerize and Hypnotize both bowed on top 27 weeks apart.

But Justin’s actually not the only act to hit the top spot twice this year: party boy Luke Bryan did so as well with his March compilation Spring Break… Here to Party and August album Crash My Party. (Next stop for Mr. Bryan: the hotel lobby!)

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Chart report: Drake has No. 1 album, Lorde grabs top spot on Hot 100

It’s the attack of the mononyms!

And international ones, too: The Toronto-repping Drake scored big with his third album Nothing Was the Same, which debuted at No. 1 this week, while New Zealand teenager Lorde saw her breakout single “Royals” ascend to the top of the Hot 100.

Let’s start with Drizzy, since his numbers are especially impressive: The rapper’s latest wound up selling 658,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. That easily gives the Canadian the year’s second-biggest sales week, just behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience 968,000 bow.

As Billboard notes, it’s the biggest debut for any rap album since Lil Wayne’s 2011 Tha Carter IV. (FYI, it also beats Drake’s own 2011 release Take Care, which hit 631,000 its first week out).

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Chart report: Jack Johnson, Miley Cyrus come out on top

America’s new obsession: Glockenspiels!

Okay, maybe not, but Jack Johnson’s fourth album From Here to Now to You — which features not only the glocks (that’s what the cool kids call it) but also the melodica, ukelele, bass kalimba, and, of course, the dobro — landed atop Billboard’s album charts. The record sold 117,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan, giving the happy-beach-bum singer his third consecutive studio album to reach No. 1.

Country singer Justin Moore saw his latest effort Off the Beaten Path open at No. 2, with 97,000 — his highest chart position yet. Meanwhile, his country compatriot Chris Young landed at No. 3 with AM, with 54,000.

At no. 4, Rap kingpin Rick Ross crashed the party with the Maybach Music mix MMG: Self Made 3, which notched 50,000. And right on the Rozay’s heels is one more dynamic debut, Avicii’s first studio album True. Powered by the runaway success of the single “Wake Me Up!,” the EDM album bowed at No. 5, also with around 50,000.

 

Over on the singles tip, though, the game belonged to (yep) Miley Cyrus, Billboard reports. Plentiful streams (and parental screams) stemming from her “Wrecking Ball” video helped catapult the single from No. 22 to No. 1 on last week’s Hot 100, and the song held steady on this week’s as well.

But hers wasn’t the only lady single to hit big: Katy Perry’s “Roar” remained at No. 2, Lorde’s surprise hit “Royals” held down No. 3, and Britney Spears’ “Work Bitch” debuted impressively at No. 12.

On the album charts: Keith Urban ekes out a win over The Weeknd; 2 Chainz and Janelle Monae also sell big

Thanks in part to its lead single “Little Bit of Everything,” Keith Urban’s  newest album, Fuse, did a lot bit of winning on the Billboard charts this week, debuting at no. 1 with 102,000 units sold.

Avant-R&B star The Weeknd came in a close second with 98K for Kiss Land, while jewelry enthusiast/amateur chef 2 Chainz landed at no. 3 with 60K, country superstar Luke Bryan held up strong at no. 4 with 52K, Janelle Monae’s The Electric Lady bowed in the top 5 with a respectable 47K, the Arctic Monkeys took the no. 6 spot with 39K, Sheryl Crow’s country-leaning Feels Like Home followed with 37K, Tamar Braxton dropped from 2 to 8 with 34K, and Ariana Grande, the queen of last week’s chart, dropped to no. 9.

Rounding out the top 10 was John Legend’s latest, Love in the Future.

Chart report: Ariana Grande's 'Yours Truly' debuts at No. 1, Tamar Braxton and Nine Inch Nails take the silver and bronze

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So this is what happens when you put out “one of the most purely enjoyable albums of the year”!

Pop newcomer Ariana Grande’s Yours Truly has debuted atop the Billboard 200, making her the first woman to see her first album start at No. 1 since Ke$ha back in 2010. Truly sold 138,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan, which handily places the 20-year-old ahead of the four other artists with new albums in the top ten.

Landing at No. 2 is Tamar Braxton’s Love & War, with 114,000 moved units. Interestingly, Billboard reports that Braxton actually outsold Grande in terms of physical CDs — 63,000 to 30,000 — but lost the digital battle, and thus the overall war. Still, it’s enough to earn her the top spot on the physical albums chart.

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Phillip Phillips' debut album goes platinum -- so how are other singing-show winners doing?

American Idol takes a lot of flack for being past its prime — and given the weak chart performance of its reigning champ, Candice Glover, those criticisms make sense — but make no mistake, the show can still produce stars.

Take Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips: The gravelly-voiced folk-pop singer’s debut album The World from the Side of the Moon was just certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments of one million units. The disc, which was released in November 2012, wasn’t a blockbuster out of the gate. It sold 169,000 in its first week, driven primarily by the success of Phillips’ Olympic anthem “Home,” which sold over 4.6 million copies as a single.

But World has continued selling steadily thanks to the slow-burn success of his platinum follow-up single “Gone Gone Gone,” which has climbed to No. 24 on the Hot 100 and topped the Adult Contemporary chart. And it doesn’t hurt that Phillips nabbed the opening slot on John Mayer’s Born and Raised tour, which he joined in July and will continue with until mid-December. READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry's 'Roar' knocks 'Blurred Lines' out of No. 1 spot

Katy Perry said she was a champion, and she meant it.

Though the raven-haired diva’s new single “Roar” spent two weeks stuck in second place — today she scored her eighth No. 1 hit on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart with her empowerment anthem “Roar,”  which ended Robin Thicke’s twelve-week reign atop the chart with “Blurred Lines.”

“Roar” has topped the Digital Songs chart for three straight weeks, and its sales figures are truly jaw dropping. In week one, the song sold 557,000 copies. In week two, it moved another 392,000 units. This week, “Roar” pummeled past the one million mark with a 14 percent increase (likely due to increased radio airplay and VMAs exposure) to 448,000 downloads.

Only two other songs by female artists have ever surpassed 400,000 downloads in two weeks: Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Here’s another fun stat (via Yahoo!’s Paul Grein): “Roar” is Perry’s seventh No. 1 of this decade, making her one of just two artists to notch seven chart toppers since January 2010. Who’s the other pop powerhouse? Perry’s sometime-bestie, Rihanna.

Even better news for Perry? The jungle-vision video for “Roar” debuts tomorrow, which should boost the song’s prospects even more — especially on the streaming songs chart. Here’s a teaser: READ FULL STORY

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