Thursday, September 30, 2010

Eminem knocks down Lady Antebellum

This week, Eminem's "Recovery" surpasses Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" to be the best selling album of 2010, "Recovery" sold 2,656,184 copies to date while "Need You Now" sold 2,641,090. I think Eminem will ultimately top this year's list although we should not count out Taylor Swift and Susan Boyle, either one could pull an upset. Swift will release her third album "Speak Now" on October 25 while Boyle's Christmas Album is due on November. Many are predicting that they could have huge selling week-to-week sales that would be enough to top the overall list for the year. While no doubt that these two acts will sell well, I don't think they will have monster week to week sales to catch on Eminem's "Recovery" especially with the current sales climate. But who knows? Let's wait and see, I'm personally hoping for an exciting race.

Meanwhile, two previous Grammy Awards winners for Best New Artist competed for the #1 spot on this week's Billboard 200 Albums chart. The 2009 winner Zac Brown Band latest album "You Get What You Give" won the chart battle against 2004 winner Maroon Five's latest "Hands All Over". Zac Brown Band's previous album "The Foundation" debuted at #17 with 44,00 but had longevity [never charted below #54 for it's entire 97 weeks (+ counting) on the chart] and sold more than a million copies. Like last week's champ, Linkin Park, Maroon Five latest album witnessed steep drop from the first week sales of their previous set. "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" sold 429,000 while "Hands All Over" sold 142,000. It should be noted that the 'It Wont Be Soon" had the #1 hit "Makes Me Wonder" to help boost the sales while "Hands" first single "Misery" is a moderate hit with #17 peak on the Hot 100 (and of course sales climate in 2007 is healthier compared to 2010).

A little bonus this week! I will share to you this week's TOP 20 albums (with exact sales numbers!) on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart thanks to Pulse Music Board:
1 "You Get What You Give" - Zac Brown Band [153,402]
2 "Hands All Over" - Maroon Five [141,585]
3 "A Thousand Sands" - Linkin Park [69,680]
4 "A Year Without Rain" - Selena Gome & The Scene [66,238]
5 "Guitar Heaven: The Greates Guitar Classics of All Time" [65,932]
6 "Recovery" - Eminem [65,846]
7 "Passion, Pain & Pleasure" - Trey Songz [65,722]
8 "Wake Up!" - John Legend & The Roots [62,765]
9 "Enjoy Yourself" - Billy Currington [44,889]
10 "My World 2.0" - Justin Bieber [32,982]
11 "Now 35" - Various Artists [30,000]
12 "Guitar Song" - Jamey Johnson [29,838]
13 "Teenage Dream" - Katy Perry [29,823]
14 "Band of Joy" - Robert Plant [25,355]
15 "Asylum" - Disturbed [22,027]
16 "Back to Me" - Fantasia [19,674]
17 "The Sound of Sunshine" - Michael Franti & Spearhead [17,619]
18 "Sigh No More" - Mumford & Sons [17,488]
19 "Kaleidoscope Heart" - Sarah Bareilles [15,165]
20 "Thank Me Later" - Drake [15,137]
"Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars is back on top of the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart and will likely the Hot 100 for second week (full Hot 100 list to be posted tomorrow). Last week's chart topper "Only Girl (In The World)" by Rihanna drops to #3 this week. Bruno Mars' track sold 188,000 the first since May when #1 song sold less than 200K (coincidentally the last #1 to have below 200k sales was "Nothin on You" where Bruno Mars was featured).

Here is the rest of the top 10 of Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart thanks to Paul Grein of Yahoo! Chart Watch:
  1. Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars (188K)
  2. Like a G6 - Far East Movement feat Catar (180K)
  3. Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna (161K)
  4. Just a Dream - Nelly (160K)
  5. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry (139K)
  6. DJ Got Us Fallin In Love - Usher & Pitbull (133K)
  7. Dynamite - Taio Cruz(131K)
  8. Club Can't Handle Me - Flo Rida & David Guetta(117K)
  9. Love the Way You Lie - Eminem & Rihanna (111K)
  10. Empire State of Mind - Glee Cast (106k)

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