In the music business, one of the surest signs that a couple is a power couple is that both partners have had #1 albums on The Billboard 200. Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton join the club this week as Lambert's fifth major-label studio album, Platinum, enters the chart at #1. Shelton reached #1 in July 2011 with Red River Blue. The couple was married in May 2011.
There are just two other married couples where both partners have landed #1 albums (while they were married to each other). Since they were married in October 1996, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have each had three #1 albums. Likewise, since they were married in April 2008, Beyonce and Jay Z have each had three #1 albums.
There are at least three other cases where husbands and wives each had #1 albums, but not during the time they were married to each other. Bobby Brown had a #1 album in 1989, but he didn't have one in the 15 years he was married to Whitney Houston. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale both had #1 albums with their groups, No Doubt and Bush, respectively, before they were married in 2002. Avril Lavigne and Nickelback's Chad Kroeger both had #1 albums before they were married in 2012.
Lambert's album sold 180K copies in its first week. Impressively, each of Lambert's five studio albums has sold more copies in its first week than the one preceding it. Even so, Lambert's tally is no match for the latest albums by the other two top female country stars. Carrie Underwood's latest album, Blown Away, started with sales of 267K in May 2012. Taylor Swift's latest album, Red, opened with sales of 1,208,000 in October 2012.
Trivia notes: Lambert is the second artist with that surname to reach #1. Adam Lambert topped the chart in May 2012 with Trespassing. This is the first album with the word "Platinum" in its title to reach the #1. Slim Thug's Already Platinum hit #2 in July 2005.
Platinum also enters Top Country Albums at #1. All five of Lambert's major-label studio albums have topped that chart.
Platinum sold 83K digital copies, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. It's Lambert's first #1 on that chart.
Frozen rebounds from #4 to #2. This is the album's 24rd week in the top five. That's the longest run in the top five for a soundtrack from a theatrically-released movie since Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard logged 30 weeks in the top five in 1992-1993. Frozen is #1 on Top Soundtracks for the 28th week.
50 Cent's fifth studio album, Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win, debuts at #4. The album sold 47K copies, higher than initial projections (35K), but far below the first-week sales (160K) of his previous studio album, 2009's Before I Self Destruct. I took a closer look at the rapper's fall-off in a Chart Watch blog we posted last week. If you missed it, here's a link.
Coldplay's Ghost Stories tumbles from #1 to #5 in its third week. It becomes the fifth album (and first by a group or duo) to top the 500K mark in 2014.
Three Led Zeppelin albums crowd into the top 10 this week, following the release of deluxe, remastered editions which were curated by Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin re-enters the chart at #7 (surpassing its original peak position of #10 in May 1969), Led Zeppelin II re-enters at #9 and Led Zeppelin III re-enters at #10.
This marks just the second time that an act has had three or more catalog albums in the top 10 simultaneously since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991. Whitney Houston had three catalog albums in the top 10 for two weeks in February and March 2012, following her death. Two other acts would have accomplished this feat in 2009, but catalog albums were barred from The Billboard 200 at the time. Michael Jackson would have had six albums in the top 10 for two weeks in July 2009, following his death. The Beatles would have had five albums in the top 10 in September 2009, after their catalog was digitally remastered.
The Led Zeppelin albums are the top three albums on Top Catalog Albums. These three albums have sold a combined 5,730,000 copies in the U.S. since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales. Led Zeppelin is just the fifth album from the 1960s to reach #1 on the catalog chart since 1991. It follows three Beatles albums and the Vince Guaraldi Trio's immortal A Charlie Brown Christmas.
The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack rebounds from #18 to #8 in its third week. The movie was #1 at the box-office over the weekend. Charli XCX's "Boom Clap" is a fast-breaking single. It leaps into the top 20 on Hot Digital Songs this week.
"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX holds at #1 on Top Digital Songs for the third week (263K). Will it also hold at #1 on the Hot 100 for the third week? I believe it will. You'll find out for sure later today when we post my first of two Chart Watch Songs blogs.
Here's a recap of this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Miranda Lambert's Platinum debuts at #1 (180K). It's her fourth top 10 album … The Frozen soundtrack rebounds from #4 to #2 in its 28th week (52K). This is its 26th week in the top 10 … Brantley Gilbert's Just As I Am dips from #2 to #3 in its third week (48K) … 50 Cent's Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win debuts at #4 (47K). It's his sixth top 10 album … Coldplay's Ghost Stories drops from #1 to #5 in its third week (46K). It has been in the top five the entire time …
The Second Five: Now 50 holds at #6 for the third week in its fifth week (41K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time … Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin re-enters the chart at #7 (37K). This is its second week in the top 10 … The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack rebounds from #18 to #8 in its third week (36K). This is its second week in the top 10… Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin II re-enters the chart at #9 (34K). This is its 25th week in the top 10 … Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin III re-enters the chart at #10 (32K). This is its 15th week in the top 10.
Six albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Mariah Carey's Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse drops from #3 to #18. Austin Mahone's The Secret drops from #5 to #33. The Black Keys's Turn Blue drops from #8 to #13. Michael Jackson's Xscape drops from #7 to #12. Crowder's Neon Steeple dives from #9 to #43. Iggy Azalea's The New Classic drops from #10 to #15.
Now Country 7 debuts at #11. Six of the seven volumes have cracked the top 20. The first two cracked the top 10 … Lucy Hale's debut album, Road Between, debuts at #14. She's best known for her role on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars.
The Broadway cast album to If/Then: A New Musical debuts at #19. This is the highest-charting cast album since The Book Of Mormon, which peaked at #3 in June 2012. In the past 40 years, just three other original cast albums have cracked the top 20: Hair (13 weeks at #1 in 1969), Dreamgirls (#11 in August 1982) and Rent (#19 in September 1996). Unlike these other shows, If/Then wasn't even nominated for a Tony as Best Musical, though the show was nominated in two other categories: Best Original Score and Best Actress in a Musical for Idina Menzel. (The star sang "Always Starting Over" on the Tony broadcast).
Menzel, of course, is also featured on the week's top movie soundtrack, Frozen. When was the last time someone appeared on both the #1 movie soundtrack and the #1 Broadway cast album the same week? It happened just four weeks ago, when Wicked, which also starred Menzel, last ruled Top Cast Albums.
Soundgarden's Superunknown re-enters the chart at #51, in the wake of the release of a 20th Anniversary edition. The album debuted at #1 in March 1994. The album has sold 3,794,000 copies. Here's how it breaks down by configuration: CD, 70%. Cassette, 27%. Digital, 3%.
Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour holds at #1 for the second week on the Official U.K. Albums Chart. The album will enter The Billboard 200 in two weeks. It will compete for #1 with Linkin Park's The Hunting Party and Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence. Who will come out on top? Place your bets.
Elvis Presley's Elvis On Tour returns to #1 on Top Music Videos (3K). The title first topped the chart one year ago this week.
Coming Attractions: Look for Jack White's Lazaretto to debut at #1 next week, with sales in the 110K range. Also due: Passenger's Whispers (18K), O.A.R.'s The Rockville LP (17K), Rebelution's Count Me In (15K), The Amity Affliction's Let The Ocean Take Me (15K) and HellYeah's Blood For Blood (13K).
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