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Thread: Carrie Underwood Debuts Atop Billboard 200, Beats Norah Jones, B.o.B

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    Carrie Underwood Debuts Atop Billboard 200, Beats Norah Jones, B.o.B

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    Carrie Underwood easily trounces the competition this week as her fourth album, "Blown Away," debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 267,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    It's the best sales week for a country album since the chart dated Oct. 1, 2011, when Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night" bowed atop the list with 347,000. It's the largest frame for a country set by a solo act since Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" sold 276,000 over the Christmas week of 2010.


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    "Blown's" debut is also the second-largest arrival of any album in 2012. This year, only Madonna's "MDNA" started bigger, with 358,000. So far in 2012, just three titles have bowed with more than 200,000 in their first week -- and they are all by women. In addition to Underwood and Madonna, Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" is in the 200,000-plus debut club, as it started with 253,000.

    A year ago at this point, five albums had started north of 200,000: Adele's "21" (351,000), Lupe Fiasco's "Lasers" (204,000), Chris Brown's "F.A.M.E." (270,000), Britney Spears' "Femme Fatale" (276,000) and Foo Fighters' "Wasting Light" (235,000).

    "Blown Away" marks the third chart-topper for Underwood on the Billboard 200, following 2007's "Carnival Ride" (527,000 first week) and 2009's "Play On" (318,000). She is only the third woman to take three country albums to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Underwood follows Linda Ronstadt and Faith Hill. Ronstadt did it with "Heart Like a Wheel" (1974), "Simple Dreams" (1977) and "Living in the USA" (1978). Hill topped the tally consecutively with "Breathe" (1999), "Cry" (2002) and "Fireflies" (2005).

    Trailing Underwood on the Billboard 200 this week is Norah Jones' ". . . Little Broken Hearts," debuting at No. 2 with 110,000. It's her fifth studio set overall, and fifth to reach the top three. She crowned the tally with three earlier efforts and hit No. 3 with her last one, 2009's "The Fall." The new album's debut sales week is the smallest for any of Jones' studio offerings since her first, "Come Away With Me," launched with 10,000 in 2002.

    The new "Now 42" compilation enters at No. 3 with 95,000 -- giving the chart its first debut-filled top three since Nov. 19, 2011. That week, the entire top four were new arrivals, led by Justin Bieber's "Under the Mistletoe" at No. 1, with Wale's "Ambition," Miranda Lambert's "Four the Record" and Susan Boyle's "Someone to Watch Over Me" starting at Nos. 2-4, respectively.

    If the top three are all debuts this week, that must mean Adele's long-running "21" has (momentarily?) stepped aside out of the top three. This week it slips 2-4 with 77,000 (down 8%). It had been lodged in the top three rungs since Dec. 17.

    B.o.B's second album, "Strange Clouds," floats in at No. 5 with a 76,000 start. It follows 2010's "The Adventures of Bobby Ray," which debuted at No. 1 (84,000). "Strange Clouds" was led by the set's title track, which hit No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the new single "So Good" (No. 11).

    Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" moves 3-6 (64,000; down 18%), Jack White's "Blunderbuss" falls 1-7 (56,000; down 60%) and One Direction's "Up All Night" slips 4-8 (45,000; down 10%).

    The final two positions in the top 10 are taken up by new entries, with the "Smash" TV soundtrack starting at No. 9 (39,000) and Marilyn Manson's "Born Villain" entering at No. 10 (38,000). It is the latter's seventh top 10 album and follows 2009's "The High End of Low" (No. 4 with 49,000).

    Over on the Digital Songs chart, the entire top five is stationary this week, led again by Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" (featuring Kimbra) with 348,000 (down 16%).

    Maroon 5's "Payphone" (featuring Wiz Khalifa) is No. 2 (286,000; down 13%), Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is No. 3 (210,000; down 5%), fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) is No. 4 (187,000; down 10%) and Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" is No. 5 (172,000; down 10%).

    One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" is up one rung to No. 6 (151,000; down 11%) while Nicki Minaj's "Starships" rises two slots to No. 7 (147,000; down 2%).

    B.o.B's "Both of Us" (featuring Taylor Swift) is the chart's highest debut, starting at No. 8 with 143,000.

    Closing out the top 10 are Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" (featuring Sia), falling one position to No. 9 (139,000; down 9%) and the Wanted's "Glad You Came," staying steady at No. 10 (120,000; down 16%).

    Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending May 6) totaled 5.77 million units, up 7% compared to the sum last week (5.40 million) and down 7% compared to the comparable sales week of 2011 (6.23 million). Year to date album sales stand at 106.73 million, down 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (108.11 million).

    Digital track sales this past week totaled 25.41 million downloads, down less than 1% compared to last week (25.52 million) and 6% stacked next to the comparable week of 2011 (24.03 million). Year to date track sales are at 495.40 million, up 7% compared to the same total at this point last year (462.37 million).

    Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2011 when: Adele's "21" held at No. 1 for an eighth nonconsecutive week (156,000; up less than 1%) while the top debut was the Lonely Island's "Turtleneck & Chain" at No. 3 (68,000).

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    Well, I want to be slightly disappointed, but......I mean, that's good!!! We still got number 1, and it's the second largest of the year!! Just goes to show albums are a fading thing..but, proud of OUR GIRL!!!!!

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    I'm of the opinion that if Carrie, with all this promotion, would have released her album during Oct/Nov timeline, she would have easily gone over 300k. But then again,
    the album might not have had all these songs that we're all enjoying now.

    Having said that, for a May release, BA has performed extremely well. I for one am very proud of our girl.

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    Second largest debut of the year! Congrats, Carrie!
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    woohoo!! awesome job!! yes I am eating my 500k words like I said I would!! lol. but I am still proud of her and the fans!!
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    I am just a little disappointed that we didn't break 300k. but I am so happy for Carrie! She is the first American Idol to have three # 1 albums! Go girl!

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    yay!!!

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    There is a good possibility that Carrie will be # 1 again next week and the 3rd week since she is going to appear on "Dancing With the Stars" next week. I think its better to have a steady sales than a Free Fall the second week .

    I am so proud of Carrie that she has earned top of the BB Chart 3 times (even Tony Bennett just got his for the first time not long ago).
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    This was interesting. Is it true? Was that a re-release by SWSRN?

    It's the largest frame for a country set by a solo act since Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" sold 276,000 over the Christmas week of 2010.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirasa45A View Post
    There is a good possibility that Carrie will be # 1 again next week and the 3rd week since she is going to appear on "Dancing With the Stars" next week. I think its better to have a steady sales than a Free Fall the second week .

    I am so proud of Carrie that she has earned top of the BB Chart 3 times (even Tony Bennett just got his for the first time not long ago).
    I think so too. Her biggest competition is Adele's 21 which dipped below 80k this past week. I hope BA will get 90k-100k this week.

    One data point to note is the 107k in digital sales. This is extremely high, probably in part due to the iTunes promotion. Just compare this ~40% digital sales to Carrie's previous albums which only had 5%-15% being digital sales. My point is that BA will have plenty of legs in terms of physical CD sales. I look for a very large sales figure for the month of May.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosie08 View Post
    woohoo!! awesome job!! yes I am eating my 500k words like I said I would!! lol. but I am still proud of her and the fans!!


    Well as far as I am concerned you can chew a little slower because the total including digital is 474,000.

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    Exact tallies:

    01(new) CARRIE UNDERWOOD – BLOWN AWAY 267,338
    02(new) NORAH JONES – LITTLE BROKEN HEARTS 109,794
    03(new) VARIOUS – NOW 42 94,698
    04(02) ADELE – 21 77,379 83,917 8,986,370
    05(new) B.O.B – STRANGE CLOUDS 76,360
    06(03) LIONEL RICHIE – TUSKEGEE 64,121 78,345 679,433
    07(01) JACK WHITE – BLUNDERBUSS 55,663 137,554 193,980
    08(04) ONE DIRECTION – UP ALL NIGHT 45,048 49,833 586,278
    09(new) SMASH CAST – THE MUSIC OF SMASH 39,465
    10(new) MARILYN MANSON – BORN VILLAIN 38,136

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    Awesome! That's good, it could have been better I suppose but I'm pleased. Congratulations, Carrie! And well done to all the fans who bought the album.


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