Katy Perry Debuts At #1 With Prism Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.30.2013
Dethrones Pearl Jam...
Katy Perry's new album Prism has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 286,000 copies. It's the largest sales week this year for a woman and the second-alrgest for a pop album. Among women, she passed up Miley Cyrus' Bangerz, which previously debuted at #1 with 270,000 three weeks ago. Among pop acts, only Daft Punk's Random Access Memories debuted with more (339,000).
Prism is also the largest debut week for a female pop artist since Madonna's MDNA debuted at #1 with 359,000 on April 14, 2012. It is Perry's second #1 album after 2010's Teenage Dream. It's her highest sales week ever after Dream debuted with 192,000. The rest of the albums don't do as well, as Prism outsold #2-9 combined.
There were three other debuts in the top ten this week. Fifth Harmony's Better Together EP debuted at #6 with 28,000. The release has six songs and is the highest-charting album from an act from the US edition of The X Factor. The band formed during season two in 2012. Only one other act from the series, Emblem3, hit the top ten. They did it with Nothing to Lose, which debuted and peaked at #7 on August 17.
DJ Khaled is next with his album Suffering From Success, which debuted at #7 with 27,000. It is his fifth top ten album and follows 2012's Kiss The Ring (#4, 41,000).
Finally, AFI's Burials comes in at #9 with 25,000. This is the third top ten album for the band. Their last album, 2009's Crash Love, debuted and peaked at #12 with 52,000. AFI previously had top ten albums with 2006's Decemberunderground and 2003's #5 album Sing the Sorrow.
1. Katy Perry - Prism (286,000)
2. Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt (46,000)
3. Drake - Nothing Was The Same (44,000)
4. Miley Cyrus - Bangerz (43,000)
5. Lorde - Pure Heroine (40,000)
6. Fifth Harmony - Better Together EP (28,000)
7. DJ Khaled - Suffering From Success (27,000)
8. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) (26,000)
9. AFI - Burials (25,000)
10. Luke Bryan - Crash My Party (25,000)
Republic Records has half of the spots in the top ten with albums from Pearl Jam, Drake, Lorde, DJ Khaled and AFI.
Album sales this week totaled 4.49 million units, which is a new low for the charts in the Soundscan era (1991-now). The previous low was on September 15 with 4.54 million. It was down 4% from last week (4.7 million) and down 28% compared to last year (6.3 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 223.4 million, down 7% compared with the same total at this point last year (240.4 million).