Robin Thicke Gets First #1 On Billboard 200 With Blurred Lines Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.07.2013
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Robin Thicke has earned his first #1 album on the Billboard 200, a little over ten years after his debut, thanks to Blurred Lines (his sixth album) selling 177,000 copies. This is also Thicke's best sales week ever, passing up 2008's Something Else, which debuted at #3 with 137,000. His first album, A Beautiful World, was released in April 2003 and had one week on the chart at #152. It was billed to "Thicke", not Robin Thicke.
He is the sixth act this year to get #1 after over a decade removed from a debut album. He joins a list that includes Black Sabbath, Queens of the Stone Age, Daft Punk, Gary Allan and Chris Tomlin. Only one artist this year has hit #1 with their debut album, and that was A$AP Rocky.
At #2 is Five Finger Death Punch with The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell: Volume 1 with 112,000, the band's best week ever. It follows 2011's American Capitalist, which debuted and peaked at #3 with 90,000.
Coming in at #3 is Tech N9ne's Something Else with 58,000. This equals his previous peak on the chart in 2011 with All 6's and 7's debuting at #4. It is his best sales week, beating the previous album's 56,000. Tech N9ne is also featured on 5FDP's album as a guest artist, putting him on two albums in the top five this week. He worked with them on a cover of LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out".
Debuting at #5 is the Backstreet Boys with In A World Like This, which sold 48,000 copies. It's the ninth straight top ten for the "boy band" of nine album releases. The last group to get the top ten with their first nine albums was Sade between 1985 and 2011, who are still in the lead. This is the group's first independently released album and is the highest-charting album since 2005's Never Gone debuted and peaked at #3.
Finally, Emblem3 debuts at #7 with 46,000 with their album Nothing To Lose. They gained popularity after appearing on the 2012 season of The X Factor, placing fourth. The winner of this year's season, country singer Tate Stevens, debuted and peaked at #18 on May 11 with his self-titled album. It sold 17,000 copies.
1. Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines (177,000)
2. Five Finger Death Punch - The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell: Volume 1 (112,000)
3. Jay Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail (62,000)
4. Tech N9ne - Something Else (58,000)
5. The Backstreet Boys - In A World Like This (48,000)
6. Teen Beach Movie soundtrack (47,000)
7. Emblem3 - Nothing To Lose (46,000)
8. Selena Gomez - Stars Dance (31,000)
9. Kidz Bop 24 (28,000)
10. Florida Georgia Line - Here's to the Good Times (28,000)
Album sales this week totaled 5.1 million copies, up 9% compared to last week (4.7 million) and down 3% compared to last year (5.2 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 166.3 million, down 6% compared with the same total at this point last year (177.3 million).