Week Ending May 5, 2013. Albums: Kenny Closes In On Garth
Kenny Chesney lands his seventh #1 album on The Billboard 200 with Life On A Rock. Only one other country artist, Garth Brooks, has topped the chart seven or more times. Brooks lassoed eight #1 albums between 1991 and 2001. Chesney has amassed all seven of his #1 albums since Brooks released his most recent studio album, Scarecrow.
Chesney pulls ahead of Brooks in one respect: His #1 albums span a longer period of time (a little more than 11 years). Chesney first topped the chart in April 2002 with No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems. Brooks’ #1 albums spanned 10 years and two months, from Ropin’ The Wind in September 1991 to Scarecrow in November 2001.
Chesney has already tied another of Brooks’ most prized records. These are the only two performers to have won the Country Music Assn.’s award for Entertainer of the Year four times. Brooks, like many top artists, has a strong competitive streak. As he sees Chesney approach his old records, he may get back in the game and seek to add to his hit tallies.
Life On A Rock enters Top Country Albums at #1, displacing Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story…. It’s Chesney’s 12th #1 country album.
Life On A Rock sold 66K digital copies (out of 153K total), which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums. Chesney first topped the Digital Albums chart in January 2005 with Be As You Are: Songs From An Old Blue Chair. It sold just 4K digital copies that week, but that was all it took to reach #1 in those early days of digital.
Michael Buble’s To Be Loved dips to #2 in both the U.S. and the U.K. this week. In the U.K. it falls behind Rudimental’s Home. Expect another big week for Buble’s album next week. The tracking week ends on Mother’s Day.
Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience holds at #3 for the fourth straight week. It has spent its first seven weeks inside the top three. By way of comparison, Timberlake’s solo debut album, Justified, spent just one week in the top three. His sophomore album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, spent three weeks in the top three. 20/20 is also out front in terms of raw sales. It has sold 1,741,000 copies in its first seven weeks. At the same point in its chart life, Justified had sold 1,490,000. FutureSex had sold 1,457,000. It’s still early, but The 20/20 Experience is the front-runner to win the Grammy for Album of the Year. Timberlake announced last week that a sequel to the album will be released on Sept. 30.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist rebounds from #11 to #5. The album tops the 500K mark in digital sales this week. Digital accounts for 77% of the album’s total sales of 673K copies. Of the 47 albums that have sold 500K or more digital copies, there is only one where digital accounts for an equal or higher percentage of its total sales. That’s the Pitch Perfect soundtrack, where digital accounts for 79% of its total sales.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are only the second ongoing duo, following the Black Keys, to with an album that has hit the 500K mark in digital sales. The Black Keys have scored with both El Camino (633K) and Brothers (615K).