Justin Bieber this week becomes the first artist in chart history to land five #1 albums or EPs while still in his teens. The 18-year old achieves the feat as Believe Acoustic enters The Billboard 200 at #1. The album follows My World 2.0, the EP Never Say Never: The Remixes, Under The Mistletoe and Believe.
Miley Cyrus landed four #1 albums while still in her teens (counting Hannah Montana albums). She scored with Hannah Montana, Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout and the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack, all by age 16. In third place is Britney Spears, who landed three #1 albums while still in her teens. She scored with …Baby One More Time, Oops!...I Did It Again and Britney, all by age 19.
In addition, Bieber becomes the first Canadian artist in chart history to land five #1 albums. He surpasses Celine Dion and Neil Young, who have had four. Young scored with the 1972 classic Harvest and also with three albums with Crosby, Stills Nash & Young: Déjà vu, 4 Way Street and So Far. Michael Buble and Alanis Morissette are in third place among Canadian acts for the most #1 albums.
Bieber is the 36th artist to amass five or more #1 albums since the chart became a regular weekly feature in Billboard in March 1956. That’s pretty good for an artist who was unknown just four years ago.
Billboard’s Keith Caulfield adds an interesting nugget. Bieber is only the 10th artist in the history of The Billboard 200 to land a #1 album in four consecutive calendar years.
Believe Acoustic sold 211K copies in its first week. This is the heftiest tally for an album released in the month of January since Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now sold 481K copies in the week ending Jan. 31, 2010.
The tally for Believe Acoustic includes 158K digital copies, which it puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. That’s the biggest one-week digital tally in history for a teen act. Bieber broke his own record: Believe sold 139K digital copies in its first week. (Taylor Swift’s Fearless is in third place. It sold 129K digital copies in its debut week.)
This is Bieber’s seventh top 10 album. Bieber, who will turn 19 on March 1, is one of the youngest performers to amass so many top 10 albums at such a young age. But he’s not the youngest. Cyrus amassed nine top 10 albums (again, counting Hannah Montana albums) before her 18th birthday in November 2010.
Believe Acoustic is Bieber’s second Acoustic album. Bieber followed his My World EP and My World 2.0 album with My Worlds Acoustic. The impetus for these albums is to prove that Bieber has vocal chops. Some of his teen-idol predecessors needed tons of studio gloss to appear minimally competent.
Andrea Bocelli’s Passione debuts at #2, just in time for Valentine’s Day. This ties My Christmas as Bocelli’s highest-charting album to date. That album logged five weeks at #2 in 2009. Passione is Bocelli’s fifth top five album. The album features collabos with Nelly Furtado and Jennifer Lopez and a “virtual duet” with Edith Piaf on Piaf’s 1950 classic, “La Vie En Rose.”
A Spanish-language edition of the album, Pasion, debuts at #59, with sales of 7K. (I’m glad that charting the two editions separately didn’t affect its chart ranking.)
These are the seventh top 10 albums for both Bieber and Bocelli. The two artists have something else in common. Both were nominated for Grammys as Best New Artist. Both lost. Bocelli lost to Lauryn Hill as Best New Artist of 1998. Bieber lost to Esperanza Spalding as Best New Artist of 2010.
Tegan and Sara’s Heartthrob debuts at #3. This is the first top 10 album for the Canadian pop/rock duo, which is comprised of identical twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin. Their previous highest-charting album was their previous release, Sainthood, which hit #21 in 2009. (And what are the odds that an album titled Heartthrob would debut the same week that an actual heartthrob does?)
Charlie Wilson’s Love, Charlie debuts at #4. It’s his third top 10 album, following Charlie Last Name: Wilson (#10 in 2005) and Uncle Charlie (#2 in 2009). The album features a collabo with Keith Sweat. Wilson rose to fame with The Gap Band. That trio’s highest-charting album was Gap Band IV, which reached #14 in 1982.
Love, Charlie is the highest-charting album to date with this title concept. Shelby Lynne’s Love, Shelby hit #109 in 2001. Smokey Robinson’s Love, Smokey hit #112 in 1990. Elvis Presley’s compilation Love, Elvis hit #120 in 2005. Luther Vandross’ four-disk box set Love, Luther hit #191 in 2007.
Pitch Perfect drops from #3 to #5. It’s #1 on Top Soundtracks for the third week in a row. Pitch Perfect has sold particularly well as a digital album. The album has sold 365K digital copies, a total topped by only two soundtracks in digital history: Twilight (721K digital copies) and Juno (379K). Slipping to fourth place: Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy (346K).
Gary Allan’s Set You Free drops from #1 to #8 in its second week. It’s #1 on Top Country Albums for the second week. It’s Allan’s first album to spend two weeks on top of the country chart. 2005’s Tough All Over and 2007’s Greatest Hits each had one week at #1.
“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the fourth week. It sold 381K copies, its best showing to date. “Thrift Shop” is shaping up as a Gotye-style monster hit. It’s a lock to hold at #1 on the Hot 100 for the third straight week, as you will see later today when we post Chart Watch: Songs.
Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Justin Bieber’s Believe Acoustic debuts at #1 (211K). It’s his fifth #1 album; his seventh to make the top 10…Andrea Bocelli’s Passione debuts at #2 (94K). It’s his seventh top 10 album…Tegan and Sara’s Heartthrob debuts at #3 (49K). It’s the duo’s first top 10 album…Charlie Wilson’s Love, Charlie debuts at #4 (44K). It’s his third top 10 album… The Pitch Perfect soundtrack drops from #3 to #5 in its 15th chart week (37K). This is its sixth week in the top 10.
The Second Five: Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox rebounds from #8 to #6 in its eighth week (37K). It has ranked in the top 10 the entire time…Mumford & Sons’ Babel dips from #6 to #7 in its 19th week (36K). This is its 13th week in the top 10… Gary Allan’s Set You Free drops from #1 to #8 in its second week (34K)…The Lumineers’ The Lumineers drops from #2 to #9 in its 44th week (32K). This is its sixth week in the top 10… Taylor Swift’s Red dips from #9 to #10 in its 14th week (29K). It has ranked in the top 10 the entire time.
Four albums drop out of the top 10 this week. 2013 Grammy Nominees drops from #4 to #14. (Expect a turnaround.) Kidz Bop Kids’ Kidz Bop 23 drops from #5 to #11. A$AP Rocky’s Long.Live.A$AP drops from #7 to #13. The Les Miserables soundtrack drops from #10 to #17.
Local Natives’ Hummingbird debuts at #12. This is the highest-charting album to date for the indie rock band from the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. Their Gorilla Manor hit #160 in 2010.
Colton Dixon’s “faith-based album” A Messenger debuts at #15. Dixon finished seventh on Season 11 of American Idol. He’s the second Season 11 finalist to score with a debut album. Phillip Phillips’ World From The Side Of The Moon peaked at #4…Hatebreed’s Divinity Of Purpose debuts at #20. It’s the metal band’s highest-charting album to date…Get Up! by Ben Harper with bluesman Charlie Musselwhite debuts at #27.
Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 blockbuster Rumours re-enters the chart at #40. The album logged 31 weeks at #1. Since 1956, only two albums have had longer runs on top: the West Side Story soundtrack (54 weeks) and Michael Jackson’s Thriller (37 weeks). Rumours is #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the second week. It first topped the catalog chart in May 2011.
Destiny’s Child’s Love Songs debuts at #72. Beyonce’s 4 re-enters the chart at #100. Both should move up next week, the first full week following B’s performance at the Super Bowl.
Florence + the Machine’s Ceremonials tops the 500K mark in digital sales. That represents 59% of the album’s total sales (849K). The band’s 2009 album Lungs has sold 591K digital copies. That represents 52% of that album’s total sales to date (1,142,000).
Adele’s Live At Royal Albert Hall returns to #1 on Top Music Videos. This is its 26th week on top. This extends its record for the longest-running #1 music video by a female artist. Note: One Direction’s Up All Night—The Live Tour was #1 last week for the 30th week, not Adele’s DVD, as I reported. There was a chart rerun after the initial results were posted. (I just updated last week’s column.)
Warm Bodies was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
Coming Attractions: Josh Groban’s All That Echoes is expected to debut at #1 next week with first-week sales in the 130K range. Also due: Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes Of Freedom (90K), Now 45 (80K), Red’s Release The Panic (35K), Coheed & Cambria’s The Afterman Descension (35K), Joe Budden’s No Love Lost (25K) and Mumford & Sons’ DVD, The Road To Red Rocks.