Week Ending Dec. 25, 2011. Albums: A Very Jeezy Christmas
'TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition'
'TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition'
This is the second time that Jeezy has released an album right before Christmas. His sophomore album The Inspiration debuted at #1 in the week ending Dec. 17, 2006. You know that line in "Theme From New York, New York," "If I can make it there/I'll make it anywhere"? If an artist can break through with an album right before the holidays, when the chart is studded with superstars, they've really got a following.
The "TM" in Jeezy's album title stands for "Thug Motivation." His 2005 breakthrough album was titled Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101.
Jeezy was also featured on U.S.D.A.'s 2007 release Cold Summer: The Authorized Mixtape, which reached #4. For all his success, some of you probably know Jeezy best as the featured artist on Usher's 2008 chart-topper "Love In This Club."
Weird Item of the Week: Young Jeezy has had more top 10 albums than any other act that has the descriptor "Young" as part of its name. He surpasses Young Buck and Yung Joc, each of whom had two top 10 albums. (I'm not counting Neil Young, who has had eight top 10 albums as a solo artist.) By the way, Jeezy isn't all that young. He's 34.
Michael Buble's Christmas this week becomes only the third holiday album to top The Billboard 200 for five or more weeks. It follows Bing Crosby's Merry Christmas, which logged 39 weeks on top from 1945 into 1957, and Josh Groban's Noel, which had five weeks on top in 2007.
Buble's album sold 467,000 copies this week. This is the third week in a row that the album has topped 400K. It's the first album to top 400K in weekly sales three times since Susan Boyle's 2009 smash I Dreamed A Dream, which hit that mark five times. It's the first Christmas album to top 400K in weekly sales three times since Groban's Noel, which also hit that mark five times.
Buble's album has sold 2,431,000 copies in just nine weeks. That's more than his two previous studio albums (both of which are Grammy-winning chart-toppers) have sold in their entire runs. Call Me Irresponsible has sold 2,312,000 copies since 2007. Crazy Love has sold 2,151,000 copies since 2009. Christmas is Buble's fifth consecutive studio album to top the 2 million mark in sales. His first two studio releases were Michael Buble (which has sold 2,607,000) and It's Time (3,614,000).
Buble's album also holds at #1 in the U.K. for the third week. It's the first album by a male artist to log three or more weeks on top in both the U.S. and the U.K. since Eminem's Recovery last year. That album was #1 in both countries for seven weeks.
Buble's album sold 59K digital copies this week, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums for the third time. The album has sold 345K digital copies, which is more than any of Buble's previous albums. His previous best-seller was Crazy Love, which has sold 265K digital copies.