You’ve probably heard that one-word song titles are becoming more popular, a reflection of our keep-it-short Twitter era. Along those same lines, we’re starting to see more one-character album titles. Maroon 5's V this week becomes the second album with a one-character title to reach #1 on The Billboard 200 in the past few months, following Ed Sheeran's x. This is the first year in which two albums with such super-short titles have hit #1. And a third album with a single-character title, Chris Brown's X, is vying for #1 two weeks from now.
Over the years, four other albums with single-character titles have reached #1: Foreigner's 4 (1981), the Beatles's 1 (2000), Omarion's O (2005) and Beyonce's 4 (2011).
V, which sold 164K copies in its first week, is Maroon 5’s second #1 album. The Los Angeles-based group first topped the chart in May 2007 with its sophomore album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. Its last two albums, Hands All Over and Overexposed, both peaked at #2. The group’s debut album, Songs About Jane, never climbed higher than #6, but is by far the group’s best-seller. As of last week, it had sold 5,025,000 copies.
Maroon 5 has now had as many #1 albums as Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine's fellow coach on The Voice. Of other past or present coaches on The Voice, Usher has had four #1 albums; Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani (as part of No Doubt) have each had one.
Jeezy's Seen It All: The Autobiography, his fifth studio album through a major label,debuts at #2 (121K). All five of these albums have reached the top three. Two made #1: 2006’s The Inspiration and 2008’s The Recession.
This is Jeezy’s first album since he dropped “Young” as part of his name. Jeezy will turn 37 on Sept. 28, so it was probably time. Jeezy isn’t the first act to drop Young as part of its name. The Young Rascals became The Rascals in April 1968, with the release of the hit single “Beautiful Mornin.’”
This is Jeezy’s second name change. He went by the name Lil’ J on his 2001 album Thuggin’ Under The Influence (TUI).
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 rebounds from #4 to #3 in its sixth week (53K), aided by a $6.99 sale at iTunes. It’s #1 on Top Soundtracks for the sixth week. The movie was #1 at the box-office for the fourth non-consecutive weekend. It’s the first movie to spend four weekends on top since The Hunger Games in the spring of 2012. Both movies were boosted by soundtracks that reached #1.
Ariana Grande's My Everything drops from #1 to #4 in its second week (42K). I have some good news for Grande fans too: Her 2013 debut album Yours Truly tops the 500K mark in sales this week.
Bob Marley & the Wailers's Legend vaults from #100 to #5 (41K) after being discounted to 99 cents in the Google Play store. I posted a separate blog about that this morning. If you missed it, here’s a link.
Counting Crows's seventh studio album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, debuts at #6 (32K). It’s the group’s sixth top 10 album. The group’s 1993 debut album August And Everything After remains its best-seller, though its 1996 follow-up, Recovering The Satellites, is its only album to reach #1.
The Frozen soundtrack holds at #7 for the second week in its 41st week (30K).The album has sold 3,387,000 copies.
Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour drops from #5 to #8 in its 12th week (30K). The album returns to #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart. This is its third week on top in Smith’s home country. The album has climbed as high as #2 in the U.S.
Now 51 dips from #8 to #9 in its fifth week (28K) … Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood drops from #6 to #10 in its third week (20K).
Coming Attractions:Look for LaCrae's seventh studio album, Anomaly, and Jhene Aiko's debut album, Souled Out, to battle for #1 next week. Both are expected to sell in the 70K plus range. Also due: Ryan Adams's Ryan Adams (about 40K), Lee Brice's I Don’t Dance (40K), Dustin Lynch's Where It’s At (30K), Interpol's El Pintor (30K), Banks's Goddess (25K), Robert Plant’s Lullaby And…The Ceaseless Roar (24K), Vance Joy's Dream Your Life Away (21K) and Ritzz's Next To Nothing (21K).
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