Week Ending Aug. 25, 2013. Albums: A Let-Down For John Mayer
Luke Bryan’s continued good fortune on The Billboard 200 spells disappointment this week for John Mayer, who debuts at #2 with his latest album, Paradise Valley. Mayer’s last two albums, Battle Studies and Born And Raised, both debuted at #1 (as did his 2003 album, Heavier Things). Paradise Valley is Mayer’s first studio album to fall short of #1 since 2006’s Continuum, which got stuck at #2 behind Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds, which debuted the same week.
Mayer’s album sold 144K copies this week, 15K fewer copies than Bryan’s. If Mayer’s album had had as big an opening as any of his last four studio albums (all of which topped 200K in their first weeks), it would have debuted at #1 with ease.
There is one consolation for Mayer: Paradise Valley sold 97K digital copies, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. This is the first week since May 12 that the #1 album on The Billboard 200 wasn’t also #1 on Top Digital Albums. Then, too, a country artist (Lady Antebellum) was #1 on the big chart but not on the digital chart.
Paradise Valley enters the U.K.’s Official Album Chart at #4, which ties Mayer’s previous album, Born And Raised, as his best mark in the U.K.
Bryan’s Crash My Party logs its second week at #1. It’s the first album by a male “core” country artist to spend two weeks at #1 since George Strait’s 50 Number Ones did the trick in October 2004. (Lionel Richie’s country crossover album Tuskegee topped The Billboard 200 for two weeks last year, but of course the pop and R&B veteran isn’t a “core” country artist.)
Bryan also headed The Billboard 200 for a week in March with Spring Break…Here To Party. He’s one of only two artists to top the chart for three weeks so far this year. The other is Justin Timberlake, who did it with just one album, The 20/20 Experience, in March and April.