Miley Cyrus' new album Bangerz sold 270K copies in its first week. That tally may seem low, considering the avalanche of media attention that Cyrus has received in the past few months—and the fact that the album contains two smash hits, "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball." But is it low? Let's take a look.
The tally for Cyrus is the ninth biggest opening of the year, behind albums by Justin Timberlake (968K), Drake (658K), Jay Z (528K), Luke Bryan (528K), Timberlake again (350K), Daft Punk (339K), Kanye West (327K) and J. Cole (297K).
Now you might say, "But Miley is the most buzzed-about music star of the year, not the ninth most." Well, buzz doesn't always translate to gigantic first-week sales tallies. And take a closer look at that list. Five of the eight albums that have had bigger starts so far this year are either hip-hop or country, genres that have huge, built-in fan bases.
While Cyrus' first-week tally isn't a record-setter, it's far from a dud. Consider these facts:
This is the highest total for a female pop singer since P!nk's The Truth About Love started with sales of 280K in September 2012. (Bangerz sold more than Rihanna's Unapologetic, which sold 238K in its first week in November.)
Within its first few weeks, Bangerz will have outsold Cyrus' previous album, Can't Be Tamed, which has sold 349K copies since its release in June 2010.
Cyrus is one of only three acts to top both The Billboard 200 and the Hot 100 singles chart so far this year. The others are Bruno Mars and Robin Thicke—pretty good company to be in.
Here's an impressive stat: Cyrus becomes the first female artist to land five #1 albums on The Billboard 200 before the age of 21. (The big day is Nov. 23.) Bangerz follows Hannah Montana, Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout and Hannah Montana: The Movie. Britney Spears had held the old record for most #1 albums by a female artist before her 21st birthday. She had three: …Baby One More Time, Oops!...I Did It Again and Britney.
(While Cyrus holds the female record for having five #1 albums at the youngest age, she doesn't have the overall record. Justin Bieber notched five #1 albums before his 19th birthday.)
Bangerz sold 177K digital copies, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums.
Bangerz also enters the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart at #1. "Wrecking Ball" enters the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart at #1. Bangerz is only the second album of 2013 to reach #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. and also spawn a single that reached #1 in both countries. The first was Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. Cyrus is the first female artist to pull of this four-pronged chart feat since Rihanna scored with the aforementioned Unapologetic last year.
Bangerz is Cyrus' first #1 album in the U.K. "Wrecking Ball" is her second #1 single there. Her previous smash, "We Can't Stop," also achieved the feat. (It stopped at #2 in the U.S.)
Here's an apropos (if rather odd) trivia note: "Bangers and mash" is a traditional British dish (mashed potatoes and sausages). Thanks to Cyrus, you can now get there with just two chart albums: Bangerz and the movie soundtrack from M*A*S*H, which reached #120 in 1970.
Cyrus is one of three artists in this week's top five who first gained prominence as a child star on a TV show. The others are Drake (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Justin Timberlake (The Mickey Mouse Club).
Panic! At The Disco's Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! debuts at #2. It's the band's second album to reach the runner-up spot. Pretty.Odd. debuted and peaked at #2 in March 2008. (The band has yet to reach #1.)
Drake's Nothing Was The Same dips from #2 to #3 in its third week. The album has sold 889K copies, which enables it to move up to #10 for the year-to-date. (It bumps P!nk's aforementioned The Truth About Love out of the top 10.) Drake's album is likely to wind up in the top 10 for the entire year. This would be the second time in three years that Drake has had an album in the year-end top 10. Take Care was the #7 best-seller of 2011, per Nielsen SoundScan.
Pusha T's debut solo album, My Name Is My Name, debuts at #4. Pusha T was featured on five tracks on the GOOD Music compilation Cruel Summer, which reached #2 in September 2012. One of them was his hit "Mercy" (featuring Kanye West, Big Sean and 2 Chainz), which reached #13 on the Hot 100 in 2012.
Glee: The Quarterback debuts at #7. The EP features songs that were in last week's episode, which had the cast dealing with the death of Finn Hudson, the character played by the late Cory Monteith. The EP arrives in the top 10 just three months after Monteith's death (on July 13). That's got to bet the fastest that a tribute album to a recently deceased performer has made the top 10 following his or her death, right? Nope. So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute To Luther Vandross hit the top 10 in the week ending Sept. 25, 2005, less than three months after the death of the R&B great (on July 1). The Quarterback is the 15th Glee album or EP to make the top 10; the first in about 18 months. This is the fifth calendar year in a row in which at least one Glee album or EP has made the top 10. In addition, the Glee EP enters Top Soundtracks at #1.
Korn’s Paradigm Shift debuts at #8. It’s the band’s 10th consecutive studio album to make the top 10. That's Korn's entire studio output except for its eponymous 1994 debut album. Korn has sold 19,677,000 albums, which puts them at #76 on Nielsen SoundScan's running list of the 200 best-selling artists since 1991.
Cassadee Pope this week becomes the first former contestant on The Voice to land a top 10 album. The 23-year old achieves the feat as Frame By Frame debuts at #9. Pope was the Season 3 winner on the NBC series. The album enters Top Country Albums at #1, displacing Luke Bryan's Crash My Party. (I guess you could say she crashed his party.) It's the first debut album by a female solo artist to rank #1 since Taylor Swift's eponymous debut album wrapped a 24-week run at #1 in July 2008. (Note: Kacey Musgraves' Same Trailer Different Park was her fourth album, following three independent releases.)
Lorde's "Royals" holds at #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the fourth week. It sold 294K copies this week. It's the third hit by a female artist (or a female-led collabo) to log four weeks at #1 on Hot Digital Songs so far this year. It follows P!nk' s "Just Give Me A Reason" (featuring Nate Ruess) and Katy Perry's "Roar." Will "Royals" also hold at #1 for the third straight week on the Hot 100? You'll find out later today when we post Chart Watch: Songs.
Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Miley Cyrus' Bangerz debuts at #1 (270K). It's her 10th top 10 album (counting Hannah Montana releases)…Panic! At The Disco's Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! debuts at #2 (84K). It's the band's third top 10 album…Drake's Nothing Was The Same dips from #2 to #3 in its third week (83K). It has been in the top five the entire time…Pusha T's My Name Is My Name debuts at #4 (75K). It's his first top 10 album…Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) drops from #1 to #5 in its second week (70K).
The Second Five: Lorde's Pure Heroine drops from #3 to #6 in its second week (63K)… Glee: The Quarterback debuts at #7 (47K). It's the 15th Glee album or EP to make the top 10… Korn’s Paradigm Shift debuts at #8 (46K). It's the band's 12th top 10 album…Cassadee Pope's Frame By Frame debuts at #9 (43K). It's her first top 10 album…Mayday Parade's Monsters In The Closet debuts at #10 (30K). It's the band's first top 10 album.
Seven albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Tyler Farr's Redneck Crazy drops from #5 to #35. HAIM's Days Are Gone drops from #6 to #40. Luke Bryan's Crash My Party drops from #4 to #13. Kings of Leon’s Mechanical Bull drops from #7 to #21. Cher's Closer To The Truth drops from #8 to #11. Jack Johnson's From Here To Now To You drops from #9 to #22. Elton John’s The Diving Board drops from #10 to #26.
Alter Bridge's fourth studio album, Fortress, debuts at #12. All four albums have made the top 20.
Prince Royce's Soy El Mismo debuts at #14, followed by Cage The Elephant's Melophobia at #15 and Amos Lee’s Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song at #16. In all three cases, these are the acts' second top 20 albums in a row.
Danny Brown's Old debuts at #18. (Paul McCartney's NEW will debut much higher next week.)
High Rise by Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington debuts at #24. It's the band's first release without former lead singer Scott Weiland, who was fired by the band in February. It instead features his replacement, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.
Kenny Rogers' You Can't Make Old Friends debuts at #43. Rogers first cracked the top 50 on The Billboard 200 in November 1969 with Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town, on which he fronted The First Edition. The title song of the new album is a duet with Dolly Parton, with whom Rogers has recorded three Hot 100 hits, including the #1 "Islands In The Stream."
Metallica's Metallica: Through The Never drops from #25 to #51 in its third week. It's the highest-charting soundtrack from a theatrically-released movie for the third week.
Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits rebounds from #113 to #78. The album rises to #1 on Top Catalog Albums. The album debuted and peaked at #5 in November 2010. The band's 1994 greatest hits album, Cross Road, topped the catalog chart in May 2007.
Mariah Carey's 2005 album The Emancipation Of Mimi tops the 6 million mark in U.S. sales this week. The album was #1 for two weeks and received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. This is Carey's third album to be certified at the 6 million mark. It follows Daydream (7,657,000) and Music Box (7,277,000). Carey has two other albums on Nielsen SoundScan's running list of the 200 best-selling albums in its history: Merry Christmas (5,299,000) and Mariah Carey (4,885,000). (The latter album, Carey's 1990 debut, sold additional copies prior to Nielsen SoundScan's 1991 launch.) Carey is the only female solo artist with five albums on Nielsen SoundScan's top 200 list. How about Celine Dion? She currently has four. The Colour Of My Love has sold 4,558,000 copies, which puts it 10K copies short of making the list.
One Direction's Up All Night—The Live Tour holds at #1 on Top Music Videos for a record-extending 34th week.
Gravity was #1 at the box-office for the second weekend in a row.
Coming Attractions: Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt will debut at #1 with sales in the 170K range. Paul McCartney's NEW will probably open at #3 (70K). The Avett Brothers' Magpie And The Dandelion looks good for #4 (60K). Scotty McCreery’s See You Tonight will probably open around #6 (45K). The Head & The Heart's Let's Be Still and Willie Nelson's To All The Girls… will fight it out for #8 and #9 (35K each). Gavin DeGraw's Make A Move will probably start at #10 (25K). Also due: Trivium's Vengeance Falls (#15, 16K), Chase Rice's Ready Set Roll EP (#16, 16K), Mary J. Blige's A Mary Christmas (12K) and Fall Out Boy's PAX AM Days EP (12K).