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The (underwhelming) best-selling album of 2013: Justin Timberlake's '20/20 Experience'

In 2013, a mediocre year for mega-albums, Justin Timberlake’s mediocre The 20/20 Experience outsold everything else, going home with 2.43 million smooth-grooving fans.

As Billboard notes, no other top album has sold so little since SoundScan began tracking sale 22 years ago—for contrast, Adele’s 21 moved nearly 6 million in 2011 and almost 4 and a half million in 2012, giving her the top seller two years running.

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'Britney Jean' nets Britney Spears her worst opening week ever; Garth Brooks and Duck Dynasty carry on

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When her Las Vegas residency begins at the end of the month, Britney Spears should probably stay away from the roulette wheel, because numbers are not her friend at the moment.

Spears’ new album Britney Jean arrived this week, moving only 107,000 copies for a fourth-place finish on the Billboard 200. It’s the weakest opening week in Spears’ career, both by hard sales numbers and chart position (previously, her slowest sales week was the opening frame of her debut …Baby One More Time, which tallied 121,000 copies).

The numbers for Britney Jean are also a giant drop-off from the opening week of her previous album, 2011’s Femme Fatale, which sold 276,000 copies in its first week. It’ll be interesting to track Britney Jean moving into 2014, as she may get a bump from the just-released video for the single “Perfume” and another once her Vegas show gets rolling.

Britney had to dive out of the way of Garth Brooks, whose Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences took the number one spot on the chart this week. In its second full week of release, the WalMart-exclusive box set (containing six CDs, two DVDs, and retailing for around 25 bucks) sold 146,000 copies. Brooks is now tied for fourth place all-time for number one albums with nine (same as Barbra Streisand and the Rolling Stones). He trails the Beatles (19), Jay Z (13), Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley (both with 10). Expect Blame It On My Roots to stay strong during the holiday season. READ FULL STORY

Eminem becomes Max Headroom for 'Rap God' video: Watch it here

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Eminem is back on top of the Billboard album chart this week with The Marshall Mathers LP 2. He’s already sold well over a million copies of his new album in only three weeks of release, and you can expect The Marshall Mathers LP 2 to remain in the top 10 throughout the holiday season.

Now comes the just-released video for “Rap God,” which casts him as a Max Headroom-esque character. For those of you too young to remember, Max Headroom was perhaps the most ’80s thing of all time, a marvel of then-cutting edge video technology who had his own TV show and sold Coke to children in a future dystopian hellscape.

In the “Rap God” video, not only does Slim Headroom rap via the miracle of neon green screen, but Em also references the video game Portal, re-creates some of those battle scenes from 8 Mileand is possibly trying to learn kung fu.

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Christina Aguilera hits No. 1 on iTunes following the AMAs: What a difference one year makes

Let’s flashback to the 2012 American Music Awards for a moment and focus on everyone’s favorite perennially-peroxided diva, Christina Aguilera.

The belty pop star was attending the show after a very bad week. Her supposed comeback album Lotus had just delivered wilting first-week sales of only 73,000 copies. (The poorly-reviewed set would go on to become her worst-selling album ever.) And to make matters worse, she’d given up her highly-coveted chair on NBC’s reality smash The Voice for its upcoming fourth season to focus on her career, though it was already apparent there would be no sold-out tour the following spring. READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' earns the number one spot, Eminem holds on

All’s well that ends well, as they say: After a multi-platform promotional blitz, Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP is the number one album in the country this week. Billboard reports that Gaga’s new album sold about 258,000 copies in its first week of release, giving her the second chart-topping debut of her career.

As previously discussed, it’s a long way from the numbers she did with Born This Way back in 2011,though it still gives her the third biggest debut for a woman in 2013 behind Katy Perry’s Prism and Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz.

ARTPOP narrowly bested Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which sold 210,000 copies in its second week of release. Three other albums made their debuts in the top 10 this week: Now 48 (no. 3 with 114,000), the Beatles On Air: Live at the BBC Vol. 2 (no. 7, with 37,000), and Jhené Aiko’s Sail Out EP (no. 8 with 34,000). READ FULL STORY

Charts: Eminem scores second biggest sales week of 2013

It’s 2000 all over again: Justin Timberlake is responsible for the biggest sales week of the year, and Eminem is solidly in the second slot.

Slim Shady’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 had the second-biggest sales week of 2013, moving 792,000 copies of his eighth album. That beats many of the industry predictions, most of which anticipated between 700,000 and 750,000. It’s around a million albums less than the original Marshall Mathers LP did in 2000, but it’s still a strong showing from the veteran rapper.

Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience still has the biggest sales week of the year, with 968,000 copies sold in its first week back in March. After Eminem, the rest of the top five biggest debut weeks of the year are Drake’s Nothing Was the Same (658,000), Jay Z’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail (528,000), and Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party (528,000). Expect Lady Gaga’s just-released ARTPOP to sneak into that list somewhere next week.

It’s the biggest opening week for Eminem since Encore moved 710,000 in its debut week in 2004, though that was only based on three days’ worth of sales. It bests his previous two debuts, as 2009’s Relapse opened with 608,000 copies sold and 2010’s Recovery did 741,000 in its first week.

Elsewhere on the Billboard 200, Celine Dion’s Love Me Back to Life opened strong in the number two slot, while Duck Dynasty‘s Robertson Family’s holiday disc Duck The Halls took the no. 3 spot with 75K and Avril Lavigne’s self-titled new release landed at a disappointing number five with 42K.

Did you pick up The Marshall Mathers LP 2 last week? Now that you’ve had time to sit with it, what do you think? And how many copies of ARTPOP do you think Lady Gaga will sell? Sound off in the comments.

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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