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Album Sales: Frank Ocean sells 131,000 copies of 'Channel Orange,' but Zac Brown Band tops chart

Following Frank Ocean’s very personal admission on his Tumblr and a high-profile performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week, Def Jam released his major-label debut Channel Orange a week early on July 10 as an iTunes exclusive.

While that move may have angered Target, which is protesting the early digital release by not carrying the physical album (discs officially hit retailers yesterday), Ocean probably isn’t too worried about it. Channel Orange sold an impressive 131,000 copies (3,000 of which were actually CDs) in its first week. As Billboard notes, his sales are  in line with recent R&B/hip-hop debuts from Usher (Looking 4 Myself, 128,000) and Chris Brown (Fortune, 135,000).

Some of the initial interest undoubtedly comes from Ocean’s  recent revelation that his first love was a man, but reviews — including EW’s — have largely been enthusiastic, and have little to do with his expressed sexuality.

Still, Channel was no sales match for Georgia’s Zac Brown Band, whose third studio album Uncaged topped the Billboard 200 with 234,000 copies. READ FULL STORY

'Fifty Shades of Grey' mention spikes sales of 16th-century classical composer

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In addition to single-handedly carrying the publishing world on its candle-wax-scorched back, Fifty Shades of Grey has gone ahead and boosted the music business as well.

According to The Guardian, the mention of a Thomas Tallis choral work called “Spem In Alium” amidst the pages of the finest S&M masterwork since that last thing you read on the Internet has rocketed the piece up the British classical music charts (rocketed being of course a relative term).

The 40-voice epic, composed around 1570 and recorded in 1985, has elbowed chart heavyweight Luciano Pavarotti from the top perch. Go ahead and sample it below.

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Album sales: Chris Brown's 'Fortune' outperforms discounted competition

Chris Brown has definitely found fame in many senses (not all desirable), and now the R&B crooner can add to his fortune.

After months of too-soon hype, false starts, and one epic bottle-throwing fight, the controversial Breezy saw his fifth album Fortune land at the No. 1 spot of this week’s Billboard charts (not exactly a breezy(!) ride to the top).

The new Brown album sold 134,000 copies in its first week, a significant drop from the 270,000 in debut-week sales of his previous album, last year’s F.A.M.E. While Fortune outsold the other non-Frank Ocean R&B contender of the season — Usher’s Looking 4 Myself (which sold 128,000 in its first week) — it should be noted that the alleged bottle tosser Brown competed mainly against a flurry of older albums that Amazon was dispensing at 99 cents a pop — a price so unusually cheap, Music Mix couldn’t even locate the proper “cent” symbol on the keyboard.

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Album Sales: Justin Bieber's 'Believe' scores the best debut of the year; Kenny Chesney, Fiona Apple open strong

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He’s probably not your boyfriend, but according to this week’s Billboard 200, you’ll still never let him go.

Justin Bieber’s latest album Believe debuted atop the chart today, selling 374,000 copies in its first week, making it the strongest bow of 2012 ahead of Madonna’s MDNA, which shifted 359,000 copies in March. READ FULL STORY

Album Sales: Usher dances to No. 1; Rush, Ed Sheeran start off strong

Here’s some news sure to make Usher “Scream.”

The R&B/pop crooner’s 7th studio album Looking 4 Myself topped the Billboard 200 in its debut week, shifting 128,000 copies. While that start can’t compare to the first-week sales of his last effort, 2010′s Raymond vs. Raymond, which sold 329,000 copies in its first week, that’s not exactly a surprise. Usher hasn’t produced a “DJ Got Us Falling In Love”-sized smash from Looking 4 Myself yet — the album’s lead single “Climax” only reached number 17, while its follow-up “Scream” has peaked at 13.

In second, Canadian prog-rockers Rush demonstrated remarkable resilience with their latest, Clockwork Angels, which moved 103,000 copies — up from the 93,000 their last album, 2007′s Snakes and Arrows, sold in its first week. In 2002, their Vapor Trails debuted with 110,000 units sold; the fact that their numbers haven’t eroded in the last decade is impressive. READ FULL STORY

Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' reaches No. 1 on the Hot 100

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Justin Bieber, you evil mastermind — you made it happen.

Four months after he blew up the Internet by having a dance party with Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, and select members of Big Time Rush to a then-unknown song called “Call Me Maybe” by a then-unknown singer named Carly Rae Jepsen (who just happened to be signed to his label), the track has reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100. We are all your lemmings, Justin. You win.

That’s right — after approximately two million lip-sync videos, “Call Me Maybe” has reached the summit of the chart, dethroning Gotye, who spent eight weeks at No. 1 with his smash “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Gotye’s hit previously ended the six-week reign of fun.’s “We Are Young,” meaning that for the last 15 weeks, the artist on top of the Hot 100 is a first timer in that spot. (Although Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” just leaped from No. 19 to No. 9 on the chart. The California Gurl would like her throne back, please.)

You’ve probably heard the song at least 47 times today already, so treat yourself to this amazing “Call Me Maybe”/”Semi Charmed Life” mash-up for a (small) change: READ FULL STORY

Album Sales: Adele's spends a 24th week at No. 1; Alan Jackson and the Beach Boys score top debuts

Have you seen your grandpa lately? If he’s not smoking his pipe in the front porch rocker, you may want to check your local Best Buy; there’s a good chance he’s there picking up some new tunes by Alan Jackson, The Beach Boys, Neil Young, or even old soul Adele, who topped the Billboard 200 this week for the 24th time with her blockbuster album 21.

Of course, the chart didn’t only appeal to septuagenarians (not that there’s anything wrong with that) — acts like Big K.R.I.T., One Direction, Curren$y, and Brandi Carlile muscled their way into the upper tier as well.

Check out the Top 10 below: READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' winner Phillip Phillips sells 278,000 downloads of 'Home' in debut sales week

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Sorry, Jessica Sanchez fanatics, but it looks like Phillip Phillips may not just be another “White Guy With Guitar” after all.

The Georgia native, who was crowned American Idol‘s 11th winner last Wednesday (resulting in an endearing parent-hugging breakdown), debuted at No. 2 on the Hot Digital Songs chart, shifting 278,000 units of his single “Home” last week. (Read our review here.) READ FULL STORY

Album Sales: John Mayer earns third No. 1 with 'Born And Raised'; 'American Idol' alums fill the Top 20

Despite John Mayer’s throat granuloma, which has kept him from singing — and promoting his new material — recently, the hat-loving guitar-maestro earned his third number-one album this week with Born And Raised, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 today with sales of 219,000.

Other new entries on this week’s chart come from Slash, MercyMe, and American Idol contestants Phillip Phillips (already!), Kris Allen, and Haley Reinhart.

Check out the Top 10 below:

1. John Mayer, Born And Raised – 219,000
The country-influenced, ’70s-tinged album, Mayer’s fifth, became his third number one debut after 2009′s Battle Studies, which sold 289,000 in its first frame, and 2003′s Heavier Things, which started with 317,000. Mayer’s debut Room For Squares peaked at number 9 in 2001, and his 2006 album Continuum shifted 300,000 copies — enough for a number 2 debut.

2. Adele, 21 – 56,000
She’s up to 9.2 million copies total after 66 weeks on the chart. That means Adele’s sophomore set has sold an average of over 139,000 units every week for the last 15 months. Take a moment to absorb that information.

3. Carrie Underwood, Blown Away – 45,000
Following a performance of its theatrical title track on last Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards and an appearance at the American Idol finale, the country vixen’s fourth album achieved a nice 18 percent drop, and after four weeks, Underwood’s set has sold 486,000 copies. Of course, her 2007 disc Carnival Ride sold 527,000 copies in its first week, but that was five years ago — it’s a different industry these days. (Unless, of course, you’re Adele.)

4. Slash, Apocalyptic Love – 38,000
The ex Guns N’ Roses guitarist’s second solo album started off one spot lower than his self-titled 2010 release, which debuted in third place with sales of 60,000.

5. One Direction, Up All Night – 37,000
Simon Cowell’s British fivesome increased 9 percent and jumped 10-5 this week, which means that Up All Night has sold approximately 697,000 copies. As sophomore single “One Thing” continues its chart ascent, sales should remain strong throughout the summer.

6. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee – 33,000
He may have dropped out of Duets (the show’s premiere helped Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger increase 45 percent this week), but Richie’s country collaboration album has still sold an impressive 823,000 total copies.

7. MercyMe, The Hurt & The Healer – 33,000
The “I Can Only Imagine” Christian band earned their second Top 10 album with The Hurt & The Healer, though it got off to a slower start than the band’s 2010 effort The Generous Mr. Lovewell, which sold 88,000 copies in its first week. Healer was bolstered by the album’s title track, which has so far peaked at number 3 on the Christian Songs chart.

8. Sara Bareilles, Once Upon Another Time – 31,000
The piano-playing chanteuse, who served as a judge on the third (and alas, final) season of The Sing-Off, released a five-song EP and notched an eighth-place debut. Not bad at all, considering she hasn’t had a significant Hot 100 hit since her ubiquitous breakout smash “Love Song.”

9. Various Artists, Now 42 – 31,000
Songs like “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida and “Brokenhearted” by Karmin have helped the compilation album sell 232,000 total so far.

10. Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts – 28,000
After 4 weeks on the chart, the Danger Mouse-produced album has now sold 243,000 copies.

And then there are a whole lot of American Idol alums (other than Carrie Underwood) to talk about: Season 8 runner up Adam Lambert’s second set Trespassing, which topped the album chart last week, dropped by 71 percent to 22,000 this week — dropping him down to 12th place. Of course, that was still more than enough for Lambert to beat out Season 8 winner, Kris Allen, whose second album Thank You Camellia started out at number 20 with sales of 17,000. (Allen’s self-titled debut started off with 80,000 in 2009).

Meanwhile, Season 10′s Haley Reinhart, who finished in third place, achieved a 17th-place start after selling 20,000 units of her debut album Listen Up!. Ahead of all of them, though, was this year’s Idol winner, Phillip Phillips, whose iTunes-only compilation album Journey to the Finale was downloaded 24,000 times. His runner up, Jessica Sanchez, managed to sell 4,000 copies of her own Journey to the Finale compilation.

More on EW.com:
Florence + the Machine gets David LaChapelle for new ‘Spectrum’ video: Watch it here
Jason Mraz gets emotional on ‘VH1 Storytellers’: Watch the sneak peek here — EXCLUSIVE
Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘No Church in the Wild’ video: Watch it here

Album Sales: Adam Lambert tops the Billboard charts, beating out Adele and Carrie Underwood

An American Idol runner-up replaced an Idol winner atop the Billboard 200 this week, as Adam Lambert dethroned Carrie Underwood with his sophomore album Trespassing, which sold 77,000 copies in its first week.

With his No. 1 debut and 77,000 copies sold, many are touting that this makes Lambert the first openly gay artist to ever top the albums chart (another gay Idol contestant, Clay Aiken, topped the Billboard 200 with Measure of a Man, which debuted with 613,000 copies sold in 2003, but he didn’t come out until 2008). Still, it’s a landmark achievement.

Other Top 10 debuts included Tenacious D’s The Rise of Fenix and Beach House’s Bloom, but despite the newcomers, overall sales were relatively soft.  Check out the full Top 10 below: READ FULL STORY

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