Week Ending Nov. 25, 2012. Albums: Crash And Burn
This is one of those weeks where the downward moves and slow starts are more interesting than the upward moves. Susan Boyle's Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From The Stage drops from #12 to #31 in its second week, suggesting that her appeal owed a great deal to her compelling back story (the frumpy woman with the golden voice), a hook that is no longer fresh. The Rolling Stones' GRRR! drops from #19 to #64 in its second week, proving that a 50th anniversary hook isn't enough to sell a three-disk album in this market and/or that even with name-checks in #1 hits by Ke$ha and Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera, Mick Jagger is still a distant figure to today's record buyers.
Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston drops from #14 to #58 in its second week, despite the promotion of We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute To Whitney Houston, which aired on Nov. 16. And despite sale pricing on the album last week. (The album has sold just 57K copies in its first two weeks of release.) Likewise, Michael Jackson's Bad re-enters the chart at #142. I expected much more in the wake of ABC's Thanksgiving night airing of Spike Lee's documentary on the making of the album. It was a 90-minute commercial for the album, and it motivated only 11K people to actually buy the album this week(!). (And that tally combines sales of Bad and Bad 25, which sold 2K copies this week, too few to make the chart. The elaborate Bad 25 package has sold just 20K copies in its 10 weeks of release.)
Soundgarden's King Animal drops from #5 to #52 in its second week, proving that the band's decision to take 16 years between studio albums wasn't, well, sound. Green Day's Dos! plummets from #9 to #75 in its second week, proving that the band would probably have been better off putting out one killer album in which they culled the best songs from Uno!, Dos! and Tre!, rather than releasing three albums in quick succession.
Here are some more drops that caught my eye. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 drops from #3 to #24, even though the movie was #1 at the box-office for the second straight weekend. Lana Del Rey's EP Paradise drops from #10 to #76 in its second week. The Deftones' Koi No Yokan drops from #11 to #83 in its second week. Aaron Lewis' first full-length solo album, The Road, drops from #30 to #122 in its second week. (At least he's still got his day job in Staind to go back to.)