Week Ending Jan. 20, 2013. Albums: He Hit #1 A$AP
A$AP Rocky’s debut album, Long.Live.A$AP, enters The Billboard 200 at #1. It’s the first debut album to top the chart since 2 Chainz’s solo debut Based On A T.R.U. Story opened at #1 in August. 2 Chainz is featured on A$AP’s hit single “Fu**in’ Problems,” along with Drake and Kendrick Lamar. (Drake also reached #1 with his first full-length album, Thank Me Later.)
Long.Live.A$AP sold 96K digital copies (out of 139K total), which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums.
“Fu**in’ Problems,” which has sold 854K digital copies, broke into the top 20 on last week’s Hot 100. It is vying to become the third top 10 hit on Billboard’s flagship chart with “the F word” in the title, following Cee Lo Green’s “F**k You (Forget You)” and P!nk’s “Fu**in’ Perfect.” Those songs both reached #2.
Kidz Bop Kids’ Kidz Bop 23 debuts at #2. It’s the 16th installment in this long-running franchise to reach the top 10. That makes it one of the most successful franchises in music history. The leader is the Now franchise, which has spawned 49 top 10 albums (all 44 regular installments plus two Christmas albums, two country albums and a #1’s collection). The Glee franchise has spawned 14 top 10 albums and EPs. The Grammy Nominees franchise has spawned 11 top 10 albums (with a 12th due next week. See Coming Attractions).
Kidz Bop 23 is the fifth volume in this series to reach #2 (none as yet have hit #1).
The Pitch Perfect soundtrack jumps from #5 to #3. This puts Pitch Perfect at #1 on the Top Soundtracks chart, ending Les Miserables’ four-week run on top. Pitch Perfect was a sleeper hit movie. It grossed a little less than $65 million in its theatrical run, a mark that Les Miz topped in its opening weekend.
Taylor Swift’s Red holds at #4 for the second week. The album is #1 on Top Country Albums for the 13th week. It’s the first album by a female solo artist to spend its first 13 weeks at #1 on the country chart since LeAnn Rimes’ Blue was #1 for its first 16 weeks in 1996. (If you’re wondering about Swift’s Fearless, it was #1 for its first 12 weeks, but then was bounced for a week by Dierks Bentley’s Feel That Fire.) Swift's streak will end here, at least for now, as Gary Allan's Set You Free will debut at #1 next week.