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Kanye West's 'Yeezus' tops chart, though he doesn't beat his own sales record


Looks like Kanye West’s no-radio strategy has paid off: Yeezus has landed on the top of the Billboard albums chart, with 327,000 copies sold in its debut week.

For some historical context, that’s the biggest week for a rap album since 2011, when Drake moved 631,000 units of Take Care.

As for West’s own discography, Yeezus marks the rapper’s sixth consecutive album (Watch the Throne included) to premiere at No. 1; only his very first album, 2004′s The College Dropout, debuted outside the top spot (it bowed at No. 2). It’s also his lowest selling debut week: his last solo record, the 2010 opus My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, topped the chart with 496,000 in its first week.

Still, Yeezus‘ performance was strong enough to make it the year’s third-highest sales week for an album, bested only by Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (968,000) and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (339,000).


Charts: Queens of the Stone Age have the number one album, Robin Thicke has the top song, Miley Cyrus' 'We Can't Stop' opens big

After a six year wait, a new label, and a car crash with an actress on a CW show, Josh Homme finds himself at number one for the first time. 

Queens of the Stone Age’s excellent new album …Like Clockwork debuted at number one on this week’s Billboard chart, moving 91,000 copies in its opening week. It’s the first chart-topper for the band, as well as the first number one for indie label Matador, also home to indie stalwarts like Cat Power, Pavement, and Guided by Voices. (The label’s previous high on the chart was Interpol’s self-titled debut, which bowed at no. 7 in 2002.) READ FULL STORY

Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' hits No. 1 with second biggest album debut of the year

It was a big week for debut albums all around, but the crown (or for these two, solid gold helmets) goes to Daft Punk.

The French duo’s Random Access Memories has snagged the top spot in the Billboard 200 albums chart, with Nielsen SoundScan reporting a whopping 339,000 copies sold. This marks the second biggest debut week of the year, beaten only by Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience.

Billboard notes that 65% of Daft Punk’s sales came from digital downloads, which comes to 221,000 — making it the second biggest digital-sales debut album after (yep) The 20/20 Experience. (On the other end of the tech spectrum, they also had the year’s best sales to date in vinyl, hitting near the 10,000 mark.)

All this is to say that Daft Punk has scored its biggest chart week in its history. Their previous peak came from their Tron: Legacy soundtrack back in 2011, which debuted at No. 4. Before that, their 2001 breakout album Discovery topped out at No. 44, while 2005′s Human After All debuted at No. 98. So far, Random Access Memories has already sold more than twice the amount that Human After All has sold to date.

Despite all that, there were actually other debuts this week. Darius Rucker’s True Believers scored a No. 2 spot in its first frame, with 83,000 copies. Brooklyn-via-Ohio indie-rockers the National debuted at No. 3 on the strength of Trouble Will Find, with a career-high 75,000, while NYC rapper French Montana landed at No. 4 with Excuse My French, which moved 56,000 in its first week.


The National and Daft Punk: Should we reward stasis or experimentation?


The National just released Trouble Will Find Me, their sixth album. I gave it a B, because it is what I consider the very definition of a B-level album: It’s an exceptionally well made album by a now-veteran band, but it does not really waver from the formula set up on previous albums. Essentially, it’s more of the same, so if you like albums made by the National, then you’ll certainly like this new album by the National.

I’ve held fast to that grade, though the more I think about my reasoning, the more I have begun to question it. It has forced a core question to the forefront: What do we expect from our favorite artists?

In the case of the National, it’s deeply unfair that I am essentially punishing them for being excellent. READ FULL STORY

Charts: Vampire Weekend score second number one, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis stay atop Hot 100, Daft Punk headed for big debut

If we’re in the midst of an indie rock recession, nobody told the dudes from Vampire Weekend.

The New York quartet just had their best sales week in history, as their third album Modern Vampires of the City moved about 134,000 copies in its opening week, easily netting them the top position on this week’s chart. It’s the second time the band has debuted in the catbird seat, as their second album Contra pulled off the same feat with 124,000 copies sold back in January 2010.

It was a big week for debuts, as the top three albums were all in their first week of release. Country icon George Strait’s 28th album Love Is Everything took the number two slot, while Demi Lovato’s Demi moved roughly 110,000 copies on her way to a number three debut.

Meanwhile, the Billboard Hot 100 has Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” as its number one for the third straight week. But Macklemore should keep his eye on the rearview, as Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” continues to surge and could be at the top spot by next week. Still, “Can’t Hold Us” has proven to be surprisingly robust, and its association with the NBA playoffs can’t hurt. Could “Can’t Hold Us” hang on for an extended run to become the official song of summer 2013? It’s entirely possible. That thing’s got legs.

Perhaps the most notable new entry on the Hot 100 is Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” which represents the French duo’s first track in the Billboard top ten. “Get Lucky” is quickly becoming one of the chart’s most-streamed songs, and it has been rapidly picking up radio spins around the country. It’s Daft Punk’s best chart showing by leaps and bounds: Their previous peak was number 61 (both “One More Time” and “Around the World” hit that number).

It could be a big summer for Daft Punk, as “Get Lucky” continues to climb while the group’s new album Random Access Memories could sell as many as 300,000 copies, which would easily nail down the top position on the album chart.

Album Review: Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
Demi Lovato’s new album ‘Demi’ now streaming online — read EW’s review here
Album Review: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis make Billboard history with 'Thrift Shop' and 'Can't Hold Us'


Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made history on Wednesday when their single “Can’t Hold Us” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, following “Thrift Shop”‘s rise to the top in February. The Seattle-based rap collaborators are now the first duo to have their first two singles on the Hot 100.

Both tracks appeared on the rapper/producer duo’s album The Heist, which was released in August 2012.

Among all artists, not just duos, Macklemore and Lewis is the first act to see its first two singles reach No. 1 since Lady Gaga hit the scene with “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” in 2009.

Read more:
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Paramore unseats Justin Timberlake to top albums chart, Brad Paisley trails at No. 2


Maybe Hayley Williams will save rock and roll before Pete Wentz has a chance to.

Nielsen SoundScan reports that Paramore’s self-titled fourth album has nabbed the top spot on the Billboard 200 in its debut week, selling 106,000 copies — more than enough to overtake Justin Timberlake’s reign. This marks the pop-punk band’s first No. 1 album; their last record, 2009′s Brand New Eyes, topped out at No. 2, with 175,000.

Not far behind the Tennessee trio is Brad Paisley (who, coincidentally, lives in Paramore’s hometown of Franklin). The country singer’s Wheelhouse placed at No. 2, with a 100,000 first-week performance. This is the fourth time a Paisley album has opened at second place, which, according to Billboard, means he now shares with Sheryl Crow the dubious honor of having the most No. 2 albums without a No. 1. Looks like LL Cool J’s “Accidental Racist” cameo just wasn’t enough to give Wheelhouse that extra boost. READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake smashes expectations, sells 968,000 copies in first week, breaks iTunes record worldwide

Think how many suits and ties he can afford now.

Justin Timberlake’s comeback album, The 20/20 Experience, crushed industry projections, selling a mammoth 968,000 copies in its first week and easily topping the Billboard 200. In the last year, only one album has sold more units out of the gate: Taylor Swift’s Red, which scanned 1.2 million copies in its first seven days.

Timberlake scored the best sales week for a male artist since Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III debuted to 1.01 million copies-sold in June 2008. And, as Billboard notes, Timberlake also earned third-biggest week for a solo male singer (aka: non-rapper), behind Usher’s Confessions, which debuted to 1.1 million in 2004, and Garth Brooks’ Double Live, which started at 1.09 million in 1998. READ FULL STORY

Bon Jovi tops albums chart, David Bowie takes second place on Billboard 200

“Where are we now?” David Bowie asked on his new album. According to the charts, the answer is “right behind Jon Bon Jovi.”

The New Jersey rockers’ What About Now has won the week in album sales, making it the group’s third straight album (and fifth overall) to top the Billboard 200. The record sold 101,000 in its debut week, Nielsen SoundScan reports. This marks Bon Jovi’s 12th trip to that chart’s top ten.

This leaves David Bowie’s much-heralded comeback album The Next Day – hist first since 2003′s Reality – to come in at No. 2, with 85,000 units moved. The upside, though, is that that number is Bowie’s best sales week since the SoundScan era began in 1991.

Last week’s champ, Luke Bryan’s Spring Break… Here to Party, fell to No. 3, experiencing a 59% decline with 61,000 in sales. The chart’s next spot, however, was here to pray, not party: the Christian album Passion: Let the Future Begin bowed at No. 4, with 48,000 in sales.

Rounding out the top five was Bruno Mars, whose sophomore effort Unorthodox Jukebox dropped from No. 3 to No. 5, with 43,000 in sales. That’s a 17% drop from the previous week, but still enough to beat out Mindless Behavior’s All Around the World, which debuted this week at No. 6.


Bruno Mars tops album chart for the first time, Thom Yorke takes second place


It took a while, but Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox is now a No. 1 album.

When the album was released last December, it hit debuted at No. 2., just behind Taylor Swift’s RedJukebox has been hanging out fairly high on the Billboard 200 albums chart since then, and sat at No. 2 last week.

But with some help from a massive sale on Amazon, which sold the album for $1.99 and then $3.99 last week, Mars’ second release finally had enough juice to top the charts, with Nielsen SoundScan reporting 95,000 copies sold. That’s a 96% increase from its performance the week before, giving Mars his first ever No. 1 album. (Billboard’s math wizards have deduced that without Amazon’s efforts, Jukebox would likely have ranked at No. 2 this week.)

So who would’ve been No. 1 otherwise? All signs point to Atoms for Peace, the Thom Yorke-led group whose debut Amok came in at No. 2 with 50,000 moved units.

Before Mars’ ascent, Mumford and Sons’ Grammy-winning Babel had a two-week hold on the top spot, but this week it fell to No. 3, with 43,000 sold. READ FULL STORY

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