Week Ending June 9, 2013. Albums: Rock On A Roll
Queens of the Stone Age’s sixth studio album…,Like Clockwork, enters The Billboard 200 at #1. But it won’t be there for long. Black Sabbath is expected to debut at #1 next week with 13. That would be the first #1 for Black Sabbath (and/or for its star member, Ozzy Osbourne) in a chart career that dates back to 1970.
This is Queens of the Stone Age’s fourth studio album in a row to reach the top 20, but its first to rise above #5. The band first charted in 2002. The new album features guest turns by Elton John, Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl and Jake Shear of Scissor Sisters. The album sold 40K digital copies (out of 91K total), which enables it to also debut at #1 on Top Digital Albums.
And this next item is even loopier. …Like Clockwork is the fifth album with a title that begins with an ellipsis to reach #1. It follows Phil Collins’ …But Seriously (1990), Britney Spears’ …Baby One More Time (1999), DMX’s …And Then There Was X (2000) and Rob Thomas’ …Something To Be (2005).
Sleeping With Sirens’ third studio album Feel debuts at #3. It’s the band’s first top 10 album. Its first album, 2010’s With Ears To See And Eyes To Hear, didn’t chart. Its second, 2011’s Let’s Cheers To This, peaked at #78.
Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story… jumps from #5 to #4. It holds at #1 on Top Country Albums for the sixth week. That’s the longest run for an album by a male solo artist since Scotty McCreery’s Clear As Day spent six weeks on top in 2011. Shelton’s album has sold 625K copies, which puts it in fifth place for the year-to-date. It pulls ahead of The Lumineers’ The Lumineers, which dips to #6 for the year-to-date.