Hawaii is the 40th most populous U.S. state, but it's currently near the top in terms of musical output. Jack Johnson this week becomes the second native of Hawaii to land a #1 album on The Billboard 200 in 2013. The surfer-turned-balladeer scores with From Here To Now To You. Bruno Mars rose to #1 in March with Unorthodox Jukebox.
Johnson, 38, first topped the chart in 2006 with the Curious George soundtrack. He returned to #1 with 2008's Sleep Through The Static and 2010's To The Sea. For all his success with albums, he's had just two top 40 singles: "Upside Down" (from Curious George) and "You And Your Heart."
A third native of Hawaii, Yvonne Elliman, appeared on two iconic, multi-artist albums that hit #1: Jesus Christ Superstar (1971) and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack (1978).
Three other natives of Hawaii have had top 10 albums. Nicole Scherzinger reached the top 10 as part of two female groups: Eden's Crush (#6 in 2001) and the Pussycat Dolls (#5 in 2005 and #4 in 2008). Bette Midler climbed as high as #2 in 1989 with her highest-charting album, the Beaches soundtrack. Arthur Lyman rose as high as #6 in 1959 with Taboo.
All of the above-named Hawaiians were born in Honolulu, except for Johnson, who was born on the North Shore of Oahu. (Martin Denny, whose Exotica topped the chart for five weeks in 1959, lived in Hawaii for more than 50 years, but was born in New York.)
This week's headline is of course a play on Elvis Presley's 1973 album Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite. The double-disk live album knocked Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon out of the #1 spot (!) in May 1973.
Johnson's album sold 80K digital copies (out of 117K total), which also puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums.
Shifting gears, country music accounts for five albums in this week's top 10. That's remarkable because it's not, say, the week following the Country Music Assn. Awards. But, as we've seen, country sells week-in and week-out.
Leading the country pack is Justin Moore’s third studio album, Off The Beaten Path, which debuts at #2. Moore just missed becoming the third "Justin" to reach #1 in 2013. Justin Bieber hit #1 in February with Believe Acoustic. Justin Timberlake logged three weeks on top in early spring with The 20/20 Experience.
All three of Moore's albums have made the top 10. Justin Moore hit #10 in August 2009. Outlaws Like Me hit #5 in June 2011. Moore's album enters Top Country Albums at #1, displacing Keith Urban's Fuse. It's Moore's second #1 country album. Outlaws Like Me interrupted Jason Aldean's run at #1 with My Kinda Party in the summer of 2011.
Chris Young's fourth studio album, A.M., debuts at #3. It's his second top five album in a row. Neon hit #4 in July 2011. (We nearly had two albums with nearly identical titles in the top 10 at the same time. Arctic Monkeys' AM drops from #6 to #28 in its second week.)
MMG: Self Made 3, the third compilation by Maybach Music Group, debuts at #4. The album features Rick Ross, Wale and Meek Mill, among others. All three volumes have made the top five. Vol. 1 reached #5 in May 2011. Vol. 2 hit #4 in June 2012. This is only the second time that a record label or music group has had three self-saluting compilation albums that made the top 10. The first came in 1960-1961, when mighty RCA Victor hit the top 10 with 60 Years Of Music America Loves Best and three sequels. (Those albums were pop samplers. The fourth was a classical sampler from its Red Seal label.)
Avicii's debut album, True, debuts at #5. The Swedish DJ has a top five hit on the Hot 100, "Wake Me Up!" Guests on the album include Nile Rodgers and Adam Lambert. (Spandau Ballet's 1983 album True peaked at #19.)
Lorde's "Royals" jumps to #1 on Hot Digital Songs (307K), displacing Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" (301K). Also of note: Three songs top 300K in digital sales (the aforementioned two and Katy Perry's "Roar," also 301K). This is the first time that has ever happened outside of the weeks that include and/or follow Christmas. Will "Royals" also displace "Wrecking Ball" at #1 on the Hot 100? Or will "Wrecking Ball" eke out a second week on top? Or will "Roar" return to the summit? 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: Jack Johnson's From Here To Now To You debuts at #1 (117K). It’s his sixth top 10 album…Justin Moore’s Off The Beaten Path debuts at #2 (97K). It's his third top 10 album…Chris Young's A.M. debuts at #3 (53K). It's his second top 10 album… MMG: Self Made 3 debuts at #4 (50K). All three volumes have made the top 10… Avicii's True debuts at #5 (50K). It's his first top 10 album.
The Second Five: Luke Bryan's Crash My Party drops from #4 to #6 in its sixth week (47K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time…2 Chainz's B.O.A.T.S. 2# METIME drops from #3 to #7 in its second week (35K)…Keith Urban's Fuse drops from #1 to #8 in its second week (31K)… The Weeknd's Kiss Land drops from #2 to #9 in its second week (26K)…Billy Currington’s We Are Tonight debuts at #10 (26K). It's his second top 10 album.
Arctic Monkeys' AM drops from #6 to #28 in its second week. The album holds at #1 for the second week on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart.
Five other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Janelle Monae's The Electric Lady drops from #5 to #23. Sheryl Crow's Feels Like Home drops from #7 to #24. Tamar Braxton’s Love & War drops from #8 to #11. Ariana Grande’s Yours Truly drops from #9 to #15. John Legend’s Love In The Future drops from #10 to #13.
MGMT’s third studio album, MGMT, debuts at #14. It’s their second top 20 album in a row. Congratulations reached #2 in April 2010.
Elvis Costello and the Roots' Wise Up Ghost And Other Songs 2013 debuts at #16. It's Costello's fifth top 20 album; the Roots' eighth. (It's not really fair to compare the two artists' tallies. Costello was active in the '80s when it was considerably harder to make the top 20.) Costello has previously charted with album-length collaborations with the Brodsky Quartet, Burt Bacharach and Allen Toussaint; The Roots made the top 10 with an album-length collabo with John Legend. Bacharach received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Costello is about due for one too, come to think of it.
The Grateful Dead's Sunshine Daydream: Veneta, Oregon August 27, 1972 debuts at #19. The three-CD (or four-LP) set was recorded in August 1972 at the band's concert at the Old Renaissance Faire Grounds in Veneta, Ore. There is also a music documentary by this title. The legendary band first cracked the top 20 with Wake Of The Flood in the issue dated Dec. 8, 1973, giving them a nearly 40-year span of top 20 albums.
The Devil Wears Prada's fifth studio album, 8:18, debuts at #20. It's their fourth top 20 album or EP.
Grouplove’s second studio album, Spreading Rumours, debuts at #21. The act's debut, the intriguingly titled Never Trust A Happy Song, reached #75.
Imagine Dragons' Night Visions drops from #23 to #25 in its 55th week. The album this week becomes the third album to reach the 1 million mark in 2013 sales (1,013,000, to be precise). It follows Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience (2,280,000) and Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox (1,215,000 sold this year). Two more albums are poised to cross the 1 million threshold next week. Mumford & Sons' Babel has sold 994K copies so far this year. Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail has sold 990K.
Assuming those two make it next week, that would be just five million-selling albums in the first nine months of the year. That is, to put it mildly, not so hot. But, amazingly, it would be better than last year, when there were only three million-selling albums in the first nine months of the year. It would put 2013 on par with 2011, when there were also five million-sellers in the first nine months.
Without going back to the boom years, when albums were selling like, well, albums, let's look at the number of million-selling albums in the first nine months of each calendar year since 2004, per Nielsen SoundScan's official counts. 2004: 36; 2005: 27; 2006: 28; 2007: 20; 2008: 11; 2009: 11; 2010: 8; 2011: 5; 2012: 3; 2013: 5 (projected).
America, you're just going to have to buy more albums.
The Teen Beach Movie soundtrack drops from #25 to #34 in its 10th week. It’s #1 on Top Soundtracks for the 10th week. It’s the first TV soundtrack (from a made-for-TV movie or a series) to top this chart for 10 or more weeks since High School Musical 2 was #1 for 17 weeks in 2007.
The Great Gatsby: Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film drops from #39 to #66 in its 20th week. It’s the week’s highest-ranking soundtrack from a theatrically-released movie for the 10th non-consecutive week.
Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans drops from #82 to #91 in its 153rd week. It’s #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the 11th week. That's the most weeks that an album by a male artist has logged at #1 on this chart in a calendar year since Michael Jackson's Number Ones spent 19 weeks on top in 2009. All of those weeks came after his death that June.
Madonna's MDNA World Tour holds at #1 on Top Music Videos for the second week. The video sold 3K copies this week amid reports of manufacturing defects. At least those reports let people know that a) Madonna has a music video out and b) they still make music videos. Madonna's MDNA album logged one week atop The Billboard 200 in April 2012.
Prisoners was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
Coming Attractions: Drake’s Nothing Was The Same will blast on at #1 next week with sales in the 670K range. Kings of Leon’s Mechanical Bull will open at #2 (115K); Cher’s Closer To The Truth at #3 (65K); Elton John’s The Diving Board at #4 (45K); Dream Theater’s Dream Theater at #7 (30K); Krewella's Get Wet around #10 (21K); Metallica's Metallica: Through The Never around #13 (18K). Also due: Sting’s The Last Ship, Alan Jackson’s The Bluegrass Album (15K), R5’s Louder (15K), Gov’t Mule’s Shout! (14K), Icona Pop’s This Is… (13K), Chvrches' The Bones Of What You Believe (13K), Sammy Hagar's Sammy Hagar & Friends (13K), and Glee Cast's Glee Sings The Beatles (12K).