Chris Brown lands his second straight #1 album as Fortune debuts in the top spot. It follows F.A.M.E., which went on to win a Grammy as Best R&B Album of 2011. Since the February 2009 incident in which Brown assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna, Brown has landed two #1 albums. Rihanna has yet to reach the top spot. That doesn't seem right, but those are the facts.
But let me hasten to add that Rihanna's six studio albums have sold substantially more copies overall (8,392,000) than Brown's five studio albums have (5,598,000).
The best-selling album that either artist has had is Rihanna's 2007 smash Good Girls Gone Bad (2,750,000), followed by Brown's 2005 debut Chris Brown (2,199,000) and his 2007 sophomore album Exclusive (2,014,000). The worst-selling album that either artist has had is Brown's Graffiti, which has sold just 362K. That album was released just 10 months after the assault, when Brown supporters were hard to find.
Brown's album sold 135K in its first week. That's down sharply from his last album, which opened with sales of 270K. The first-week tally for Fortune isn't much higher than the first-week tally for aforementioned Graffiti, which opened with sales of 102K. Of course, Brown isn't the only artist whose album sales are down. Usher's recent Looking 4 Myself also opened far below the level of his past works. It sold 128K in its first week, compared to 329K for his immediately previous full-length studio album, Raymond V Raymond.
Fortune also debuts at #1 in the U.K. It's Brown's first #1 album in that territory. His previous best mark there was #3 for Exclusive. Fortune is the first R&B album (excluding hip hop) to reach #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. since Beyonce's 4 in 2011.
Katy Perry's Teenage Dream rebounds from #21 to #2 in the wake of the release of her concert movie Katy Perry: Part Of Me. The movie ranked #8 for the weekend, which was considered a disappointment. Still, it helped shine a spotlight on the album. Teenage Dream also got a boost from a 99-cent promotion at Amazon MP3 on July 5. (That same promotion also brought Gotye's Making Mirrors, fun.'s Some Nights and the Black Keys' El Camino back into the top 10, and boosted numerous other albums as well.)
This is the 98th week on The Billboard 200 for Teenage Dream. That's the longest that an album ranking in the top five has spent on the chart since Adele's 19 peaked at #4 in February, in its 122nd week on the chart. Teenage Dream has never ranked below #94.
Teenage Dream has sold 2,354,000 copies. Just one other album in this week's top 50 has sold 2 million or more copies. That is, of course, Adele's 21 (9,533,000). Teenage Dream has sold half again as well as Perry's hit debut album One Of The Boys (1,473,000).
Some pundits argue that the tally for Teenage Dream should be even higher, given all the hits that Perry has had from the album. Teenage Dream is the only album in history to spawn three 5-million-selling digital hits: "Firework" (5,717,000), "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop Dogg, 5,315,000) and "E.T." (featuring Kanye West, 5,282,000).
I see the point they're making, but I think they're missing the big picture. The songs' success is in addition to the album's success. The album has been a big hit just by itself, and then when you factor in the songs' success, the whole story is even more impressive.
Teenage Dream sold 67K digital copies this week (out of 80K total). That put it at #1 on Top Digital Albums for the second week. It debuted at #1 on that chart in August 2010 with sales of 50K digital copies.
Adele's 21 drops from #7 to #9, which is its lowest ranking to date. This is, nonetheless, its 72nd week in the top 10. This puts it in a tie with Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill for the longest run in the top 10 by an album by a female artist since 1963, when Billboard combined its separate mono and stereo charts into one comprehensive list. Both women were very young when these albums were released. Adele was 22. Morissette was 21. Both albums won the Grammy for Album of the Year.
Shameless Plug: Luke Bryan's "Rain Is A Good Thing" this week becomes the 100th country song to top the 1 million mark in digital sales. This calls for a Chart Watch Extra. I'll soon post a piece in which I look at the 100 biggest country hits in digital history. Taylor Swift has a pack-leading 15 of them, but Carrie Underwood isn't far behind with 10. I have tons of country lore in this Extra. If you're a country fan, don't miss it.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the eighth straight week. It's the first song to be the nation's digital best-seller for eight weeks (consecutive or not) since the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" wound up a 10-week run at #1 in September 2009. Will it also hold at #1 on the Hot 100 for the fifth straight week? Probably, but you'll find out for sure later today when we post Chart Watch: Songs.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Chris Brown's Fortune debuts at #1 (135K). It's his fifth top 10 album; his second #1… Katy Perry's Teenage Dream rebounds from #21 to #2 in its 98th week (80K). This is its 10th week in the top 10…Justin Bieber's Believe holds at #3 for the second week in its third week on the chart (70K). It has been in the top five the entire time… Maroon 5's Overexposed drops from #2 to #4 in its second week (68K)…Linkin Park's Living Things drops from #1 to #5 in its second week (64K).
The Second Five: Gotye's Making Mirrors rebounds from #31 to #6 in its 27th week (44K). This is its fifth week in the top 10…fun.'s Some Nights rebounds from #23 to #7 in 20th week (43K). This is its third week in the top 10…Kenny Chesney's Welcome To The Fishbowl drops from #6 to #8 in its third week on the chart (43K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time. It's #1 on Top Country Albums for the third week…Adele's 21 drops from #7 to #9 in its 72nd week on the chart (41K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time…The Black Keys' El Camino rebounds from #55 to #10 in its 31st week (37K). This is its eighth week in the top 10.
One Direction's Up All Night drops from #8 to #11, ending (for now at least) a 16-week run in the top 10. The album jumps to #2 on the year-to-date album chart, pushing Lionel Richie's Tuskegee down to third place. Adele's 21 is far out front. If Adele and One Direction hold their rankings, this will be the first year in Nielsen SoundScan history in which U.K. acts account for the year's top two albums. (One Direction consists of four Englishmen and one Irishman, Niall James Horan.)
Four other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Maybach Music Group Presents: Self Made, Vol. 2 drops from #4 to #12. R. Kelly's Write Me Back drops from #5 to #19. Usher's Looking 4 Myself drops from #9 to #15. The Rock Of Ages soundtrack drops from #10 to #20. It's #1 on Top Soundtracks for the fifth week.
Flo Rida's Wild Ones debuts at #14. It puts Flo Rida back in the top 15 after his last album, Only One Flo (Part 1) peaked at a shocking low #107. The new album was originally going to be called Only One Rida (Part 2), but cooler heads prevailed. Since the last album flat-lined, why play off the title? And the single "Wild Ones" (featuring Sia) has sold 3,001,000 copies, so that's something worthy of playing up. While Wild Ones is doing better than Only One Flo, it fell a little short of the hip-hopper's first two albums, both of which made the top 10. Mail On Sunday reached #4 in 2008. R.O.O.T.S. (Route Of Overcoming The Struggle) hit #8 in 2009).
Phillip Phillips' American Idol, a Wal-Mart exclusive EP, debuts at #25.
The Black Keys' Brothers drops from #38 to #43 in its 111th week. It jumps to #1 on Top Catalog Albums. This is the album's first week at #1 on that chart. The album won two Grammys, including Best Alternative Music Album of 2010. It beat Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, which went on to win for Album of the Year. Which suggests that Brothers might have won Album of the Year if the panel that determines the final nominees in the "Big Four" categories had put it in the finals. (Unless Brothers and The Suburbs had split the "alternative vote," allowing, say, Eminem's Recovery to win.)
One Direction's Up All Night: The Live Tour, is #1 for the sixth week on Top Music Videos. It sold 17,000 copies this week, bringing its six-week total to 195K.
The Amazing Spider-Man was #1 at the box-office over the weekend. The soundtrack sold about 3K copies this week, too few to make The Billboard 200. The soundtracks to the first two movies in this franchise reached the top 10 (in 2002 and 2004, respectively). The soundtrack to the third peaked at #33 in 2007.
Coming Attractions: Zac Brown Band's Uncaged will debut at #1 next week with sales in the 215K range. But the big surprise is that Frank Ocean's Channel Orange will debut at #2, with sales in the 125K range. Ocean created a stir last week by saying his first love was a man. Look for Hank Williams Jr.'s Old School New Rules to debut in the #15 range.