Garth Brooks Gets Ninth #1 On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.11.2013
Britney Spears settles for #4...
Garth Brooks has earned his ninth #1 on the Billboard 200 as his box set Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences shot up 3-1 in its second week. The package (six Cds and two DVDs) is being sold exclusively through Walmart but still sold 146,000 copies. It debuted at #3 last week with 164,000 after only four days of sales, getting a Thanksgiving Day release. It has a list price of $29.98 but is sale priced for $24.96.
Brooks is tied for fourth place for the most #1 albums with the Rolling Stones and Barbra Streisand, who also have nine each. Ahead of them on the all-time list are Elvis Presley (10), Bruce Springsteen (10), Jay Z (13) and the Beatles (19). This is his second box set to hit #1 after The Limited Series (six CDs) in 1998. It's also the first #1 album to have more than two discs since 2003 when Led Zeppelin's three-CD live set How the West Was Won made its debut. That was the first since Brooks' Limited Series.
Britney Spears' new album Britney Jean will have to settle for #4, although it is her ninth top ten album with 107,000 sold. It's smaller than predicted, which was somewhere between 115,000 to 120,000. This is her eighth album and follows the #1-debuting Femme Fatale in 2011 (276,000). All of her studio albums have hit the top four. She earned a top ten album with Greatest Hits: My Prerogative, which went to #4. It is, however, the lowest sales debut for a studio album since 1999's debut album Baby One More Time brought in 121,000.
Her lead single, "Work B**ch!" peaked at #14 on the Pop Songs airplay chart and spent eight weeks on the list. It is her lowest-charting single from a studio album since 2001's "I'm A Slave 4 U" (Britney) went to #15. It's also the shortest visit on the list from any lead singles on her albums. The second single from the new album, "Perfume", debuted a week after "Work" fell off. It's in its fourth week and is up 27-22. The music video premiered yesterday.
Britney Jean is also her first album to arrive without a live performance on TV. Her last album had three TV gigs during release week including an MTV concert special (I Am The Femme Fatale), a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and another on Good Morning America. She hasn't performed for the album but has had interviews for TV, radio and print press to support it. She has been busy with rehearsals for her concert residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The show starts on December 27 and has 36 performances on sale through August 2014. She will perform fifty shows in 2014 and 2015 each.
Coming in at #7 is Pentatonix with their EP PTXmas, which is up 29-7 with 60,000, thanks to the success of the video for "Little Drummer Boy", which was added to Youtube on November 25 and received 16.5 million views as of yesterday. The video earned its highest daily views on December 4 with nearly 1.8 million. It's remained strong through the week. "Little Drummer Boy" is one of two new songs on the deluxe reissue of PTXmas, which was originally released in 2012. The song total is now at seven.
Returning to the top ten is Michael Buble, whose hit album Christmas climbs 16-8 with 57,000. It was originally released in 2011 with five weeks at #1. In 2012 it returned during the holidays to get to #3.
Finally, Mary J. Blige's A Mary Christmas gets its first week in the top ten, climbing up 15-10 with almost 51,000. It is her 12th top ten album going all the way back to her debut What's the 411?. That album peaked at #4 on September 26, 1992.
1. Garth Brooks - Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influence (146,000)
2. One Direction - Midnight Memories (117,000)
3. Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped In Red (112,000)
4. Britney Spears - Britney Jean (107,000)
5. The Robertsons - Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas (105,000)
6. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (84,000)
7. Pentatonix - PTXmas (60,000)
8. Michael Buble - Christmas (57,000)
9. Katy Perry - Prism (51,000)
10. Mary J. Blige - A Mary Christmas (51,000)
Album sales this week totaled 7.1 million copies, down 17% from last week (8.6 million) and down 16% from last year (8.5 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 260.7 million, down 8% compared with the same total at this point last year (283.8 million).