Ariana Grande Debuts At #1 Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.11.2013
Beats Tamar Braxton and Nine Inch Nails...
Ariana Grande has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with her album Yours Truly getting 138,000. Just behind her is Tamar Braxton with Love & War getting #2 with 114,000. Braxton is #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and the Top R&B Albums chart.
Grande is the first female artist to debut at #1 with their first album since January 2010, when Ke$ha did it with Animal. Braxton has the largest sales week for a female R&B/Hip-Hop album since last November, when Alicia Keys' Girl on Fire debuted with 159,000.
As of last Friday, there was a competition between the two albums. Experts believed that Yours Truly would get around 115,000 to 120,000, while Love & War would get between 110,000 and 115,000. A day earlier, Grande's people started a download album promotion connected to a holiday party hosted by Grande. Those who bought the album through her website (through September 8) received a ticket to one of a series of Grande events later this year. The deal gave a boost of between 5,000 and 7,000 in sales for the album. Details of the events haven't been announced, but they may include a concert and a meet-and-greet with Grande.
Grande's sales were also strong digitally, with 108,000 of the sales being downloads (78%). Braxton's album only sold 51,000 downloads (45%). Braxton's album performed strongly as a CD at Walmart, Best Buy and Target. Braxton's album is actually the #1 physical album this week (63,000) and Grande's set is the #7 digital seller (30,000). On the Digital Albums chart, Grande is #1 and Braxton is #2. While Love & War didn't do well as a download, it was offered at $3.99 at her web store.
Meanwhile, Nine Inch Nails debuts at #3 with Hesitation Marks with 107,000. This is the band's first album for Columbia Records after two independent albums in 2008. The Slip and Ghosts I-IV debuted at #13 and #14 with 29,000 and 26,000, respectively. Their last album with a major label, 2007's Year Zero for Nothing/Interscope, debuted at #2 with 187,000. Hesitation Marks is the band's 14th charting album and sixth top ten.
John Legend also debuts this week with Love in the Future coming in at #4 with 68,000. His last album, Wake Up! (with the Roots) debuted and peaked at #8 in 2010 with 63,000. Before that, his last solo album (Evolver in 2008), debuted and peaked at #4 with 133,000.
The final top ten debut is Jaheim's Appreciation Day, his sixth album. It hits #3 with 58,000. It is his fifth top ten album and follows 2010's Another Round, which debuted and peaked at #3 with 112,000. His new album is his lowest sales debut for a studio album, lower than his first album Ghetto Love (2001), which started with 80,000.
1. Ariana Grande - Yours Truly (138,000)
2. Tamar Braxton - Love & War (114,000)
3. Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks (107,000)
4. John Legend - Love in the Future (68,000)
5. Luke Bryan - Crash My Party (68,000)
6. Jaheim - Appreciation Day (58,000)
7. Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines (57,000)
8. Avenged Sevenfold - Hail to the King (42,000)
9. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience (38,000)
10. Imagine Dragons - Night Visions (35,000)
Thicke, Timberlake and Imagine Dragons were all discounted to $6.99 as part of a back-to-school promotion.
Album sales this week totaled 5.1 million copies, up 3% compared to last week (4.9 million) and up 6% compared to last year (4.8 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 191 million, down 6% compared with the same total at this point last year (202.2 million).