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