Week Ending Oct. 7, 2012. Albums: Green Day, No Doubt Tumble
Last week, you'll remember, Mumford & Sons' Babel trounced new albums by such heavyweights as Green Day and No Doubt. This week, Babel stays on top of The Billboard 200 for a second week, but the big surprise is that Green Day's Uno! and No Doubt's Push And Shove both drop out of the top 10. Uno! drops from #2 to #11. Push And Shove drops from #3 to #13.
It's increasingly common for albums to fade quickly after big (or even not-so-big) first weeks. Of the five albums that debuted in the top 10 last week, only Babel remains. Albums by Lupe Fiasco and Deadmau5 also drop out this week.
This is particularly bad news for Green Day and Lupe Fiasco, whose albums have sequels scheduled for release. If the first installment drops out of the top 10 after one week, that doesn't exactly bode well for the series.
A few albums are defying this "here today, gone tomorrow" trend. Little Big Town's Tornado has spent the past four weeks in the top 10. P!nk's The Truth About Love has been in the top five for the past three weeks.
And of course, there are a few smash albums that are really defying the trends. Adele's 21, which ranks #14 this week, has sold 9,875,000 copies. Mumford & Sons' previous album, Sigh No More, which ranks #20, has sold 2,497,000 copies.
Babel sold another 169K copies in its second week, bringing its two-week total to 769K. It's already the year's best-selling rock or rock-leaning album, ahead of Gotye's Making Mirrors (662K), .fun's Some Nights (658K) and The Black Keys' El Camino (559K). Among all albums, it's already #8 for the year.
How high can Babel go on the year-to-date chart before the year ends? Adele's 21 has a seemingly insurmountable lead, having sold 4,052,000 copies so far this year. Taylor Swift's Red, which is due Oct. 22, could easily wind up #2 for the year. Swift's last two albums, Fearless and Speak Low, each sold more than 2 million copies in the closing weeks of the year.