The third time proved to be the charm for Wiz Khalifa, whose third solo studio album through a major label, Blacc Hollywood, enters The Billboard 200 at #1 this week (90K). Rolling Papers, his first album through a major label, debuted and peaked at #2 in April 2011. O.N.I.F.C., his second, debuted and peaked at #2 in December 2012. The current album has produced one Hot 100 single, “We Dem Boyz.” It has climbed as high as #43.
The title of Wiz Khalifa’s album plays off of such past album titles as Henry Mancini's Our Man In Hollywood (#12 in 1963). Wiz Khalifa has some experience in Hollywood (if not at the same level as Mancini, a four-time Oscar-winner). Wiz and Snoop Dogg starred in and recorded the soundtrack for Mac & Devin Go To High School, a 2011 straight-to-DVD stoner comedy.
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 dips from #1 to #2 in its fourth week (64K). It’s #1 on Top Soundtracks for the fourth week. The movie returned to #1 at the box-office over the weekend, after falling behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the last two weekends. It’s the first movie to return to #1 (after being displaced) since Frozen scored in January. Is it just a coincidence that both of these movies spawned soundtracks that reached #1? No. The music was a big factor in keeping the movies up there.
Chase Rice's third studio album, Ignite The Night, debuts at #3 (44K). It enters Top Country Albums at #1, displacing Luke Bryan's Crash My Party. Rice first came to prominence as a contestant on the CBS series Survivor: Nicaragua in 2010. His greatest claim to fame is that he co-wrote Florida Georgia Line's “Cruise,” the best-selling country hit in digital history. “Ready Set Roll” is currently bulleted at #66 on the Hot 100.
Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Motley Crue debuts at #5 (31K). It also enters Top Country Albums at #2. We posted a separate Chart Watch blog on that earlier this morning. If you missed it, here’s a link.
Ace Frehley's sixth solo studio album, Space Invader, debuts at #9 (19K). It’s his first top 10 album on his own. (His previous highest-charting album was his eponymous 1978 solo debut, which peaked at #26.) Frehley amassed five top 10 albums with KISS, from Alive! (#9 in 1975) to Psycho-Circus (#3 in 1998). (The band has notched four other top 10 albums without him.) Frehley is the first current or former member of that famous foursome to land a top 10 album on his own.
Ed Sheeran's x rebounds from #12 to #10 in its ninth week (16K). The album dips to #2 on The U.K.’s Official Albums Chart, ending an eight-week run in the top spot. The new #1 there is by Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro.
Smokey Robinson's Smokey & Friends debuts in the top 20. The album features Robinson in duet versions of his past hits with such stars as Elton John, John Legend, Mary J. Blige and James Taylor. An album with a similar format and title, Alabama's Alabama & Friends, debuted and peaked at #8 in September 2013. Robinson first cracked the top 20 in January 1966 with Going To A Go-Go, which he recorded with the Miracles. He first cracked the top 20 on his own in February 1980 with Where There’s Smoke…
Buckcherry's F*** debuts in the top 50. (They spell the word out; Yahoo doesn’t.) Van Halen reached #1 in July 1991 with an album titled For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. But now I guess there’s no need for clever word games. Incidentally, Buckcherry’s label is F-Bomb Records.
Florida Georgia Line's debut album, Here’s To The Good Times, tops the 2 million sales mark this week. The album reached #4 on The Billboard 200 and logged 10 weeks at #1 on Top Country Albums. It includes the monster hit “Cruise,” which (as noted above) is the best-selling country hit in digital history. As of last week, it had sold 6,979,000 copies.
Bad News: Overall album sales in the week ending Aug. 24 totaled 3.97 million units. That’s the smallest weekly sum since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991.
Coming Attractions: Ariana Grande's sophomore album My Everything is a lock for #1 next week. Also due: Brad Paisley's Moonshine In The Trunk, Kem's Promise To Love and Amy Lee's Aftermath.
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