Lots of noise on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the past two weeks, and it hasn't been from Adele...for once. Last week, newcomers One Direction made history as the first British import with a number-one album debut -- neither the Spice Girls nor the Beatles had albums ever debut at number one in the States, believe it or not. This week, the boy-band's album, Up All Night, is replaced by The Hunger Games soundtrack, featuring two new songs by Taylor Swift, one by Maroon 5 and one by Kid Cudi, as the top-selling album in America.
Though it's not number one this week, nor will it be next week -- thanks to Madonna's new album, MDNA, which is predicted to take the top spot by a long shot (and in the UK, too) -- Adele's history-making album, 21, is still managing to sell quite well, trailing The Hunger Games soundtrack by 45,000 copies here in the States.
Across the pond, 21 just reached a new milestone: It is now the sixth best-selling album of all time in the UK, outselling Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon and, as of last week, Dire Strait's Brothers In Arms. Still standing in the way of Adele's 21 becoming the best-selling album in the UK ever are Thriller by Michael Jackson, (What's The Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis, Gold: Greatest Hits by ABBA, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles and the current best-seller, Queen's Greatest Hits.
The number-one song in the UK right now? Katy Perry's "Part Of Me," but that will change come Sunday, when the Official Charts of the UK refresh and the collaboration between abuser and abusee, "Turn Up The Music" by Chris Brown featuring Rihanna, takes the top spot.
But let's bring it back to the States. The Shins' new album release, Port Of Morrow debuted at number three, followed by One Direction's Up All Night at number four and Odd Future's debut studio release The OF Tape Vol. 2 at number five, shifting 40,000 copies. Bruce Springsteen's former number-one, Wrecking Ball, the album that first dethroned Adele, sits at number six this week, falling two. The final notable debut this week comes from Esperanza Spalding, the onetime Best New Artist Grammy winner, who drops in at number ten with her sophomore set, Radio Music Society.
As for singles, fun. logs a fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with the crossover -- top 40 and alternative radio -- hit "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monae, making it the most notable song to come out of Super Bowl this year (it first gained traction on the charts after appearing in a Chevrolet commercial that aired during the contest). Sorry, Madonna and LMFAO.
Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" sits at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, followed by the Wanted's "Glad You Came" and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra at three and four, respectively. Next week, expect Gotye and Kimbra to continue to climb, potentially ascending to a number three placing.
Nicki Minaj's "Starships" hits a new high, moving one spot to number five this week, with 45 million new spins on radio and 521,000 new streams or plays on Internet radio. This peak on the chart sets Minaj up well for the release of her highly-anticipated sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, on Tuesday. It will need every push it can, since the tracks leaked in entirety this week.
Adele's "Set Fire To The Rain" follows "Starships" at number six this week, then "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida featuring Sia, "Part Of Me" by Katy Perry, "Take Care" by Drake featuring Rihanna and "Turn Me On" by David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj at the seven through ten slots.
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