Drake Gets #1 On Billboard 200 With Nothing Was The Same Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.02.2013
The top four are all debuts...
Drake has landed his third #1 album on the Billboard 200 with Nothing Was The Same, which sold 658,000 copies (just shy of the predicted 660,000-670,000 range). It's the second-largest sales week of the year behind Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, which debuted at #1 with 968,000 in March. This is Drake's best sales week ever. 2011's Take Care debuted at #1 with 631,000. His debut Thank Me Later debuted on top with 447,000 in 2010. Before that, his debut EP, So Far Gone, debuted and peaked at #6 with 73,000.
This is also the fourth week in a row that the Billboard 200's top three albums are debuts. The last time it happened was on the four charts between September 22, 2012, through October 13, 2012.
At #2 is Kings of Leon's Mechanical Bull, which sold 110,000 copies. It is their third top ten album after 2010's Come Around Sundown (#2 debut and peak, 184,000) and 2008's Only By The Night (#5 debut, #4 peak, 74,000).
Coming in at #3 is Cher with her highest debut ever and highest-charting solo album. Closer to the Truth (her first album since 2002's Living Proof) sold 63,000 copies. Before this, she never went higher than #4 with her solo career, getting there with Believe in 1999 and The Very Best of Cher in 2003. As part of Sonny & Cher, she went to #2 in 1965 with Look At Us. It was at that position for eight weeks, behind The Beatles' Help!
The final debut in the top four is Elton John's The Diving Board, which hits #4 with 47,000. This is his eighteenth top ten album.
A little lower down the list are three more debuts. Dream Theater gets its third top ten in a row with Dream Theater at #7, with 34,000. This comes after 2011's A Dramatic Turn of Events (#8 debut and peak, 36,000) and 2009's Black Clouds and Silver Linings (#6 debut and peak, 40,000).
Krewella debuts at #8 with Get Wet, which sold 27,000 copies. The act has two songs on the Hot 100: "Alive" (#32 peak) and "Live for the Night" (#100).
Finally, Metallica gets another top ten album, their first since 2008 with the live album/soundtrack for Metallica: Through The Never hitting #9 with 26,000. This is their ninth top ten album overall. They previously hit the top ten with Death Magnetic (#1, 2008), St. Anger (#1, 2003), S&M (#, 1999), Garage, Inc. (#2, 1998), Reload (#1, 1997), Load (#1, 1996), Metallica (#1, 1991) and . . . And Justice for All (#6, 1988).
1. Drake - Nothing Was The Same (658,000)
2. Kings of Leon - Mechanical Bull (110,000)
3. Cher - Closer to the Truth (63,000)
4. Elton John - The Diving Board (47,000)
5. Jack Johnson - From Here To Now To You (37,000)
6. Luke Bryan - Crash My Party (36,000)
7. Dream Theater - Dream Theater (34,000)
8. Krewella - Get Wet (27,000)
9. Metallica - Through The Never (26,000)
10. Justin Moore - Off the Beaten Path (25,000)
Album sales this week totaled 5.2 million copies, up 13% from last week (4.6 million) and down 10% compared to last year (5.7 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 205.2 million, down 6% compared with the same total at this point last year (218.4 million).