Week Ending Nov. 11, 2012. Albums: Aerosmith’s Pitchy Debut
Aerosmith's Music From Another Dimension!, the band's first album of new material in more than 11 years (and thus its first since Steven Tyler's two-year gig on American Idol broadened his fame), enters The Billboard 200 at a disappointing #5. The ho-hum sales (63K) hardly merit the exclamation point in the album title. The band's last three albums of new material, 1993's Get A Grip, 1997's Nine Lives and 2001's Just Push Play, all debuted at #1 or #2. (They posted first week sales of 171K, 140K and 240K, respectively.)
The new album debuts in the same position as Honkin' On Bobo, Aerosmith's 2004 album of blues and soul covers. That album was viewed by many fans as an interim project between full-fledged studio albums. (Even so, it outsold the new release. It sold 161K copies in its first week.)
Music From Another Dimension! sold fewer copies in its first week than the debut albums by Idol's Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina. McCreery's Clear As Day debuted at #1 with sales of 197K. Alaina's Wildflower debuted at #5 with sales of 69K. I expect the debut album by Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips to also sell far more than Aerosmith's. That album, The World From The Side Of The Moon, is due for release on Nov. 19. (Tyler, of course, judged all these rookies.)
Bottom line: TV can give you household name status, but that doesn't necessarily transfer to album sales.
On the bright side, the band has now made the top five in five decades: the 1970s (Rocks), the 1980s (Pump), the 1990s (Get A Grip, Nine Lives), the 2000s (Just Push Play, O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits, Honkin' On Bobo) and now the 2010s. That counts for something.
Taylor Swift's Red logs its third week at #1. It's the first country crossover album to spend its first three weeks at #1 since Rascal Flatts' Me And My Gang in April 2006. Since then, five country crossover albums have spent their first two weeks on top: Dixie Chicks' Taking The Long Way, Lady Antebellum's Need You Now, Swift's previous album, Speak Now, Lionel Richie's Tuskegee and Carrie Underwood's Blown Away.
Red sold 44K digital copies, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums for the third straight week. It's also #1 on Top Country Albums for the third straight week.