Week Ending April 21, 2013. Albums: “Rock And Roll” At #1

Paul Grein
Chart Watch (NEW)

Fall Out Boy’s Save Rock And Roll enters The Billboard 200 at #1. It’s only the third album with the immortal phrase “rock and roll” in its title to reach #1. The Rolling Stones, appropriately, had the first: 1974’s It’s Only Rock ’N Roll. Kid Rock had the second: 2007’s Rock N Roll Jesus.

Note: Three other albums with the shorthand term “rock” in their titles have reached #1: Elton John’s Rock Of The Westies (1975), AC/DC’s For Those About To Rock We Salute You (1981) and Rod Stewart’s Still The Same…Great Rock Classics Of Our Time (2006).

Save Rock And Roll displaces Paramore’s Paramore from the #1 spot. This marks the first time that albums by American rock bands have topped the chart in back-to-back weeks since September, when Dave Matthews Band’s Away From The World dislodged matchbox twenty’s North.

Save Rock And Roll is Fall Out Boy’s second #1 album. The Illinois-based group first topped the chart in February 2007 with Infinity On High. That album spawned a pair of top 20 hits: “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” (#2) and “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” (#11). The new album has, so far, spawned one top 20 hit: “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up” (#15 as of this week).

The band released one album in between these two chart-toppers: Folie A Deux, which stalled at #8 in December 2008. After that, the band members took some time off to pursue solo projects.

Save Rock And Roll sold 100K digital copies (out of 154K total). That puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums.

The album also enters The Official U.K. chart at #2, just behind Michael Buble’s new To Be Loved. Buble’s album is expected to debut at #1 in the U.S. next week. (More on that below.)

Kid Cudi’s Indicud debuts at #2. It’s the highest-charting album to date for the 29-year old hip-hopper. It tops Man On The Moon: The End Of Day (#4) and Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager (#3). I’m rooting for Kid’s next album to reach #1, if only so his first four studio albums will show a progression of 4-3-2-1. The release of Indicud was pushed up a week after the album leaked on the Internet. Trivia note: Kid Cudi just missed joining the aforementioned Kid Rock as the only “Kid” act with a #1 album. The Kidz Bop Kids crew have had five #2 albums.

Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience holds at #3 for the second week. It has ranked in the top three for its entire five-week life. The album has sold 1,600,000 copies, which is more than either of Timberlake’s previous solo albums had sold at the same point. Timberlake’s first solo album, Justified, sold 1,010,000 copies in its first five weeks. His second, FutureSex/LoveSounds, sold 1,269,000 copies. You don’t need me to tell you that the trend in sales usually runs the other way. Sales usually start to taper off when artists have been around for years.

Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story… holds at #4 for the third week. It returns to #1 on Top Country Albums. This is its second week on top. This ties Shelton’s previous album, 2011’s Red River Blue, for his longest stay atop the country chart.

Shelton’s 2010 greatest hits album, Loaded: The Best Of Blake Shelton, rebounds from #88 to #60 in its 91st week. It’s #1 on Top Catalog Albums.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ fourth studio album, Mosquito, debuts at #5. It’s the band’s first top 10 album. Show Your Bones hit #11 in 2006.

“Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess holds at #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the fourth week (262K). That’s the longest run at #1 on the digital chart for a female-led collabo since “We Found Love” by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris had five weeks on top in late 2011. Will it also hold at #1 for a second 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: Fall Out Boy’s Save Rock And Roll debuts at #1 (154K). It’s the group’s fourth top 10 album…Kid Cudi’s Indicud debuts at #2 (136K). It’s his third top five album…Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience holds at #3 for the second week in its fifth week (76K). It has been in the top five the entire time… Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story… holds at #4 for the third week in its fourth week (42K). It has ranked in the top five the entire time…Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Mosquito debuts at #5 (38K). It’s the band’s first top 10 album.

The Second Five: The Band Perry’s Pioneer holds at #6 for the second week in its third week (37K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time…Brad Paisley’s Wheelhouse drops from #2 to #7 in its second week (34K)… Lil Wayne’s I Am Not A Human Being II holds at #8 for the second week in its fourth week (31K)…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist rebounds from #16 to #9 in its 28th week (30K). This is its fourth week in the top 10…P!nk’s The Truth About Love rebounds from #14 to #10 in its 31st week (28K). This is its 12th week in the top 10.

Paramore’s Paramore drops from #1 to #12 in its second week. That’s the biggest drop out of the #1 spot since Chris Tomlin’s Burning Lights tumbled from #1 to #22 in January. Four other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Eric Church’s Caught In The Act drops from #5 to #15. Tyga’s Hotel California drops from #7 to #18. Volbeat’s Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies drops from #9 to #31. Stone Sour’s House Of Gold & Bones Pt. 2 drops from #10 to #45.

Andy Mineo’s solo debut album, Heroes For Sale, debuts at #11. The Christian hip-hopper is also a member of the group 116 Clique.

Sarah Brightman’s 11th studio album, Dreamchaser, debuts at #17. It’s her third top 20 album, following La Luna (#17 in 2000) and Symphony (#13 in 2008). Brightman originated the role of Christine in The Phantom Of The Opera, both on London’s West End (in October 1986) and on Broadway (in January 1988).

Olly Murs’ third studio album, Right Place Right Time, debuts at #19. The album topped the Official U.K. chart for two weeks in December. It was Murs’ second #1 album in the U.K. In Case You Didn’t Know hit #1 in December 2011.

The Flaming Lips’ 15th studio album, The Terror, debuts at #21. By tragic coincidence, The Terror was released on April 16, the day after a devastating terror attack in Boston.

Iron & Wine’s fifth studio album, Ghost On Ghost, debuts at #26. There are two other “ghostly” debuts in the top 30 this week: Adrian Younge Presents Twelve Reasons To Die Starring Ghostface Killah debuts at #27. Ghost B.C.’s Infestissuman debuts at #28.

Pitch Perfect rebounds from #35 to #29 in its 26th week. It’s the highest-ranking soundtrack to a theatrically-released movie for the 16th week…Live In Concert, an EP by Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y, debuts at #30. That’s not so hot, considering both artists reached the top 10 with their last studio albums.

Willie Nelson and Family’s Let’s Face The Music And Dance debuts at #49. Nelson, who has been recording since 1962, turns 80 on March 30. The Family was also credited on a pair of live albums from Nelson’s heyday: 1978’s Willie And Family Live and 1980’s Honeysuckle Rose. Another legendary artist, Fred Astaire, introduced “Let’s Face The Music And Dance” in the 1936 movie Follow The Fleet. Irving Berlin wrote the songs for the movie.

Sound City—Real To Reel holds at #1 on Top Music Videos for the fourth week.

Oblivion was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.

Michael Buble’s To Be Loved enters The Official U.K. chart at #1. It’s Buble’s third #1 album in the U.K., following Crazy Love and Christmas. To Be Loved, which includes a collabo with fellow Canadian star Bryan Adams and another with the in-the-tabs Reese Witherspoon, is expected to debut at #1 in the U.S. next week with first-week sales of about 150K.

Coming Attractions: Fantasia’s Side Effects Of You will debut at #2, with first-week sales in the 85K range. Phoenix’s Bankrupt! will open at #4 (45K). Rob Zombie’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor will start around #8 (27K). Also due: will.i.am’s #willpower (#14, 21K), Snoop Lion’s Reincarnated (#18, 17K), Tate Stevens’ Tate Stevens (14K),Tom Jones’ Spirit In The Room and Love Has Come For You by Steve Martin & Edie Brickell.