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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

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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