Both of Bruno Mars's albums are listed in the top 15 on The Billboard 200 in this, the first full week following his well-received Super Bowl headlining performance. "Unorthodox Jukebox" jumps from #7 to #3 in its 61st week. "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" jumps from #19 to #11 in its 172nd week. It's the highest ranking for "Jukebox" since March; the highest for "Doo-Wops" since July 2012.
"Jukebox" tops the 2 million mark in U.S. sales this week. It's Mars's second 2-million seller in a row. "Doo-Wops" is up to 2,199,000.
"Jukebox" has charted in the top three in three calendar years. It debuted at #2 in December 2012 and rose to #1 in March 2013. "Jukebox" was an upset winner for Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammys two weeks ago.
"Jukebox" sold 38K digital copies this week (out of 81K total), which puts it back at #1 on Top Digital Albums. This is its third week on top.
"Doo-Wops" is #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the 13th week.
"Now 49" enters The Billboard 200 at #1. This is the 17th installment in the long-running franchise to reach the top spot. These 17 albums have spent a combined total of 30 weeks at #1. Since Nov. 14, 1998, when the first "Now" volume entered the chart, only one artist, Eminem, has logged as many or more weeks at #1. (He has spent 31 weeks on top.)
"Now 49" sold 98K copies this week. This is the fifth consecutive week that the #1 album has sold fewer than 100K copies. That's the longest stretch in which no albums topped 100K since late 2010-early 2011, when it happened for six straight weeks. (Sales are traditionally slow this time of year.) Look for Eric Church's "The Outsiders" to break this soft sales streak next week.
The "Frozen" soundtrack dips from #1 to #2. It's #1 on Top Soundtracks for the 11th week. "Frozen" ranked in the top five at the box-office for the 11th consecutive weekend. It's already the fifth-highest grossing animated movie of all time. (Excluding sequels, it's third, behind "The Lion King" and "Finding Nemo.")
Toni Braxton & Babyface's "Love, Marriage & Divorce" debuts at #4. It's Braxton's first top five album since 2005's "Libra." It's Babyface's first top five album ever. The concept album about divorce is an instant front-runner for a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album. The two stars have won a combined total of 16 Grammys.
It’s been nearly 22 years since Braxton was featured on Babyface's R&B hit "Give U My Heart" from the "Boomerang" soundtrack. Babyface went on to write or co-write Braxton's first four top 10 hits on the Hot 100: "Another Sad Love Song," "Breathe Again," "You Mean The World To Me" and "You're Makin' Me High."
The new album debuts just five months after Braxton's younger sister Tamar Braxton reached #2 with "Love & War."
Two producers who have won Grammys as Producer of the Year, Non-Classical appear in this week's top five as artists. Babyface has won the award four times, more than any other producer since the category was added in 1974. Danger Mouse won three years ago.
Danger Mouse is one-half of the duo Broken Bells, whose "After The Disco" debuts at #5. It's the duo's second top 10 album. Broken Bells also features James Mercer of The Shins. Broken Bells has now had as many top 10 albums as The Shins, and one more than Gnarls Barkley, the other duo that Danger Mouse is in.
Little Mix's "Salute" debuts at #6. It's the British girl group's second top 10 album. "DNA" reached #4 in June 2013. Spice Girls, the most famous British girl group, also had two top 10 albums. Little Mix was the winner of Season 8 of the U.K. version of "The X Factor."
"Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J holds at #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the fifth straight week (291K). Will it log its third week at #1 on the Hot 100? You'll find out later today when we post my Songs blogs.
Here's a recap of this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: "Now 49" debuts at #1 (98K) … The "Frozen" soundtrack dips from #1 to #2 in its 11th week (88K). This is its ninth week in the top 10 … Bruno Mars's "Unorthodox Jukebox" jumps from #7 to #3 in its 61st week (81K). This is its 23rd week in the top 10… Toni Braxton & Babyface's "Love, Marriage & Divorce" debuts at #4 (67K). It's Braxton's sixth top 10 album; Babyface's third … Broken Bells's "After The Disco" debuts at #5 (44K). It's the duo's second top 10 album.
The Second Five: Little Mix's "Salute" debuts at #6 (43K). It's the group's second top 10 album … Beyonce's "Beyonce" drops from #5 to #7 in its ninth week (38K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time … Lorde's "Pure Heroine" drops from #3 to #8 in its 19th week (35K). This is its 14th week in the top 10 … "2014 Grammy Nominees" drops from #2 to #9 in its third week (35K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time … Katy Perry's "PRISM" dips from #9 to #10 in its 16th week (27K). This is its 15th week in the top 10.
Four albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Of Mice And Men's "Restoring Force" drops from #4 to #33. Casting Crowns's "Thrive" drops from #6 to #14. Imagine Dragons's "Night Visions" drops from #8 to #12. Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" drops from #10 to #28.
Within Temptation's "Hydra" debuts at #16. It's the Dutch symphonic metal band's sixth studio album; its first to crack the chart. (A rather different group, Toto, reached #37 with an album with the same title in 1979.) … Florida Georgia Line's "Here's To The Good Times" jumps from #26 to #19 in its 62nd week. The album returns to #1 on Top Country Albums. This is its 10th week on top … "Wow Gospel 2014" debuts at #26 … Eric Paslay's eponymous debut album bows at #31 … For Today's fifth studio album, "Fight The Silence," debuts at #32 … Behemoth's "The Satanist" debuts at #34. It's the 10th studio album by the Polish death metal band.
The Beatles' "1" jumps from #74 to #37 in its 160th chart week in the immediate wake of Sunday's TV special marking the 50th anniversary of the group's first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." (It's one of eight Beatles albums on this week's chart.) The album has sold 12,308,000 copies since its release in 2000. It's the best-selling album of the last 15 years; the fourth best-selling album since Nielsen SoundScan set up shop in 1991.
"The LEGO Movie" soundtrack debuts at #48. The movie was #1 at the box-office over the weekend. The album's key song, "Everything Is Awesome!!!" by Tegan & Sara featuring The Lonely Island, sold 32K copies this week.
Metallica's "Through The Never" is #1 on Top Music Videos for the second straight week. It sold 12K copies this week.
Coming Attractions: Look for Eric Church's "The Outsiders" to debut at #1 next week with first-week sales in the 280K range. Church's last album, "Chief," opened at #1 in July 2011 with sales of 145K. Also due: The Glitch Mob's "Love Death Immortality" and Frankie Ballard's "Sunshine & Whiskey."