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Post VMAs sales spikes: Justin Timberlake and NSYNC top the list

Though NSYNC were only reunited for a total of 110 seconds during Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, that was enough to get the long-dormant boy band back into the zeitgeist—and into the virtual wallets of music fans.

Justin Timberlake and his compatriots were among the biggest sales victors coming off the VMAs, which don’t tend to provide the same kind of spike as the Grammys but can definitely still make an impact: The NSYNC hits compilation Greatest Hits shot into the top 30 on the iTunes Albums chart in the wake of the combo’s performance of “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye” on MTV’s big show.

And while Timberlake’s current album The 20/20 Experience has been a top 10 staple on iTunes since its release, Sunday night’s show clearly boosted preorders of the forthcoming The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, which is one of three preorders currently sitting in the top 20. (The others are Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz and Katy Perry’s Prism; Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP rests just outside that space at 21.) READ FULL STORY

Chart news: Luke Bryan album snags year's third biggest sales week, Katy beats Gaga in the singles race

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Luke Bryan just joined the majors.

The country star has been a force to be reckoned with for a while now, of course. But this week he entered a rarefied club thanks to his new album’s monster sales week: Crash My Party sold slightly shy of 528,000 copies in its debut week, Billboard reports, putting Bryan behind only Justin Timberlake (968,000) and Jay Z (just north of 528,000) in terms of first-week album sales this year.

To make the feat more impressive is the fact that Bryan’s sales week is the biggest posted by a male country musician in almost nine years, since Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying (766,000). That’s right, Tim McGraw – talk about back when.

Meanwhile, on the pop end of the spectrum, the East Coast-West Coast battle between the new Katy Perry and Lada Gaga singles came out in the California Gurl’s favor. “Roar” topped the Digital Songs chart, bowing with a higher-than-expected 557,000 downloads. That’s the sixth-biggest sales week for a digital song, Billboard points out, and the third biggest for a debut.

Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” on the other hand, only slotted at No. 3 with 218,000 downloads in its opening week.

And in between the two ladies (just like he likes it) is Robin Thicke, whose unstoppable “Blurred Lines” stood at No. 2 with 291,000.

Katy Perry vs. Lady Gaga: Who won the singles showdown?

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Turns out Katy Perry was right: She is a champion, as she sings on the chorus of “Roar,” and she’s on track to move 525,000 downloads of her latest mega-single, compared with 200,000 to 225,000 sales expected for Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” Billboard reports.

Gaga and Perry weren’t planning to go head-to-head like this, but when both their new singles leaked online last weekend, everyone wondered: Which diva would come out on top? While Billboard‘s initial projections had the singers neck-and-neck — even suggesting both could surpass a half-million sales in what would have been a chart record — Gaga’s sales stalled around 200K, while Perry’s prospects soared.
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Katy Perry and Lady Gaga headed for singles sales showdown: Who will win?

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Looks like we’ve got a good old fashioned diva-off on our hands.

Thanks to some Internet shenanigans and the fickle finger of fate, two brand new singles from superstar divas are now for sale. Katy Perry’s “Roar” went on sale yesterday, and as of 12:01 this morning, Lady Gaga’s “Applause” is available on digital store shelves.

As expected, the two singles immediately shot to the top of the iTunes sales chart (as of this writing, “Roar” is in the top position, followed closely by “Applause”), and they will inevitably be neck and neck as the week goes on.

With those two juggernauts chugging forward, we’re looking at an unprecedented digital sales week. According to Billboard, it’s not out of the question for both songs to sell half a million copies this week, which would be the first time in digital sales history that two debut songs sold over 400,000 copies in the same week.

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Robin Thicke scores first No. 1 album with 'Blurred Lines'

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.

Justin Bieber's 'Baby' is officially the best-selling digital song ever

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More good news for the Biebs today. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced today via Twitter that his third-ever single, “Baby,” has received Diamond certification.

Originally released March 23, 2010, the song is the Gold and Platinum Program’s foremost digital single ever. Bieber, who is currently on tour, tweeted the following in response:

The Digital Single Award is a new certification as of May 2013. It includes sales as well as online streams. Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun took to Instagram to show off the physical award that comes with the lofty distinction:
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Selena Gomez has the number one album in the country

Stand aside, Jay Z — the newly-legal ex-girlfriend of Justin Bieber now owns the album chart.

Selena Gomez’s Stars Dance takes the top spot on the Billboard 200 this week, moving about 97,000 copies in its first week. Buoyed by the top 10 hit “Come & Get It” (written, incidentally, by songwriter and Pitch Perfect star Ester Dean), Stars Dance knocked Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail from its two-week perch. It’s Gomez’s first chart-topper, though all three of her albums with the Scene have made the top 10.

The only other big debut this week belongs to Marc Anthony, whose Spanish-language 3.0 checks in at number five with 39,000 copies sold. MIchigan metalcore band We Came As Romans’ Tracing Back Roots and the Young Money Cash Money compilation Rich Gang (which features tracks by Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Tyga, French Montana, Flo Rida, and Birdman) also made top 10 debuts.

Meanwhile, expect strong numbers for One Direction when tomorrow’s new Billboard Hot 100 comes out: their new single “Best Song Ever” sold an impressive 322,000 digital downloads in its first week of release. Considering the radio support the group gets, it would not be shocking to see “Best Song Ever” debut in the top 10, perhaps even in the top five. Still, it looks like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is on its way to an eighth consecutive week as the number one song in the country. It remains the most-streamed song on Spotify, and people cannot get enough of its who-needs-clothes? video.

It’ll be interesting to see next week’s album chart, as new albums by both Thicke and the Backstreet Boys should show up in the top 10. Will the success of Thicke’s single translate to a chart-topping debut on the albums list?

Jay-Z wins at everything: His new album tops album charts, breaks Spotify records

Jay-Z’s got a lot of reasons to smile this week.

First off, he’s married to Beyoncé. Still! But more immediately, the man’s latest effort, Magna Carta Holy Grail, is killing it commercially: Soundscan reports that the album moved a blockbuster 527,000 copies in its first week, giving Jay the 13th No. 1 album of his career.

That number exceeds the high-profile bows of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (339,000 its first week out), and Kanye West’s Yeezus (327,000). It’s still, however, lower than the year’s biggest debut, Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, which notched 968,000.

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Album sales: J. Cole rises to No. 1, outsells Kanye West

When no one was watching, J. Cole stole the throne: The Roc Nation rapper’s Born Sinner has not only crept up to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, but it’s also outselling Kanye West’s Yeezus.

J. Cole’s latest first charted three weeks ago, where it debuted at No. 2 behind West. But Sinnger has since taken advantage of a relatively slow month in music (remember, Wale was the last week’s No. 1) and become the rare album to top the chart without debuting there. As Soundscan reports, the album sold 58,000 copies in the last frame, which Billboard points out is “the sixth-smallest sales week for the top-selling album in the SoundScan era.” Still, that brings its total sales to 439,000, while Yeezus – which debuted the same day and currently sits at No. 3 — has only mustered 431,000 in sales to date.

Meanwhile, stuck in the middle of all this is Wale’s The Gifted, which fell from the top spot to No. 2, with 50,000. Of course, all these rappers will have to clear the way for Jay-Z, whose Magna Carta Holy Grail will register next week. Current projections have that landing in the 350-400,000 range, even though everyone knows it’s already platinum anyway.

Album sales: Wale tops chart, Kanye West sees 'Yeezus' fall big

Perhaps it’s fitting that during the Fourth of July holiday, the chart’s top album hails from our nation’s capital: D.C. rapper Wale snagged his first ever No. 1 this week with The Gifted, which debuted with 158,000 in sales.

And while that marks a career-high chart position for the wordy rhymesman, it’s actually a slip sales-wise from his last effort, 2011′s Ambition, which sold 164,000 when it landed at No. 2 in its debut week.

Speaking of slips: last week’s chart-topper, Kanye West’s Yeezus, suffered a steep drop, falling to No. 3 with 65,000 — an 80% drop. As the number-crunchers at Billboard report, all the previous No. 1 albums this year experienced a second-week drop of 69% on average.

And according to Soundscan, Yeezus‘ fall is the fourth-biggest since the service started keeping records in 1991. (The record, if you’re curious, belongs to Madonna’s MDNA, which fell 87% percent after its debut week last year.)

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