Pearl Jam Gets Fifth #1 On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.23.2013
Miley Cyrus falls to #2...
Pearl Jam has earned their fifth #1 album on the Billboard 200 with Lightning Bolt selling 166,000 copies. They previously got the top spot with Backspacer (2009), No Code (1996), Vitalogy (1994) and Vs (1993). They hit #2 with Ten (1992), Yield (1998), Binaural (2000) and Pearl Jam (2006).
Their last album, 2009's Backspacer, sold 189,000 copies. Lightning Bolt's debut is the smallest debut sales week for any of their albums. It's still the largest debut week for a rock album since last November when Phillip Phillips The World From the Side of the Moon debuted with 169,000. Lightning Bolt is also the 11th top ten album for the band. All ten of its studio albums hit the top ten, as did the soundtrack to their 2011 documentary Pearl Jam Twenty.
Paul McCartney debuts at #3 with New, which sold 67,000 copies. This is the 19th top ten album for McCartney, including his solo work and releases with Wings (but not The Beatles). New is his first album of all new songs since 2007's Memory Almost Full debuted and peaked at #3 with 161,000. After that came 2012's mostly-covers album Kisses on the Bottom, which debuted and peaked at #5 with 74,000.
At #5 is The Avett Brothers with Magpie and the Dandelion, which sold 58,000 copies. The only larger sales week came with 2012's The Carpenter, which debuted and peaked at #4 with 98,000. Their current single, "Another Is Waiting", climbed 18-16 on the Triple A airplay chart.
Scott McCreery, the 2011 winner of American Idol gets his second album See You Tonight to #6 with 52,000. It also got #1 on the Top Country Albums chart, his second on the list. His first album, Clear As Day, debuted at #1 with 197,000. His album Christmas With Scotty McCreery hit #2 on the country chart in 2012 and #4 on the Billboard 200. The album's first new single, the title song, climbed 32-30 on the chart. The song debuted on May 4 and has been on the chart for 27 weeks. His first album created three top 40 songs but none went higher than #15, which was "I Love You This Big", the lead single.
Cher's Closer to the Truth is back in the top ten, climbing 11-8 with a 50% gain, selling 45,000 copies. This is thanks to a concert ticket promotion for her Dressed to Kill tour. Each ticket sold includes the new album in the purchase price. Sales of the album only counted if the customer redeemed the album offer. Past acts like Josh Groban, Tom Perry, Madonna and Bon Jovi have used the same method.
Willie Nelson comes in at #9 with his collaboration set To All The Girls, which sold 43,000. It's his highest-charting album since 1982 and only his third top ten album ever. The album has duets with Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton, among others. It was helped by a promotional QVC campaign which held a live concert on September 12. It's likely that it helped half of the first week sales. The QVC version of the album had six exclusive live bonus songs. On the Top Country Albums chart, it hit #2, his highest-charting album since 1989 when A Horse Called Music peaked at #2.
Finally, Head and the Heart debuts at #10 with Let's Be Still, which sold 42,000 copies. This is the best sales week for the group which has previously never sold over 4,000 in a week with its self-titled album in 2010. It went to #109, but spent 89 weeks on the Heatseekers Albums chart.
1. Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt (166,000)
2. Miley Cyrus - Bangerz (72,000)
3. Paul McCartney - New (67,000)
4. Drake - Nothing Was The Same (58,000)
5. The Avett Brothers - Magpie and the Dandelion (58,000)
6. Scotty McCreery - See You Tonight (52,000)
7. Lorde - Pure Heroine (48,000)
8. Cher - Closer to the Truth (45,000)
9. Willie Nelson - For All The Girls (43,000)
10. Head and the Heart - Let's Be Still (42,000)
Album sales this week totaled 4.7 million copies, down 2% from last week (4.8 million) and down 11% compared to last year (5.3 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 219.5 million, down 6% compared with the same total at this point last year (234.2 million).