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Trey Songz Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart
August 29, 2012 | By Keith Caulfield (@keith_caulfield), Los Angeles
Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Chapter V bows atop the list with 135,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It’s the R&B singer’s fifth full-length studio album and follows 2010’s Passion, Pain & Pleasure, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 240,000. It was just barely beaten to the pole position that week by Linkin Park’s also-debuting A Thousand Suns. The latter set started with just 1,000 copies more (241,000).
Each of Songz’ albums have peaked progressively higher on the Billboard 200, culminating in his first No. 1 this week. His debut set, 2005’s I Gotta Make It, topped out at No. 20. It was followed by 2007’s Trey Day, which hit No. 11. Then Ready reached No. 3 in 2009, and of course, Passion claimed the No. 2 slot.
So far, Chapter V has collected a pair of top 10 singles on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart: “Heart Attack” (No. 3) and “2 Reasons” (No. 8).
(For chart-watchers out there, this is the second album named Chapter V to reach No. 1. Rock band Staind also claimed a No. 1 debut with its same-named set in 2005.)
Chapter V is the first of four debuts in the top 10 this week on the Billboard 200, as DJ Khaled’s Kiss the Ring is the tally’s second-biggest arrival. The set starts at No. 4 with 41,000 — Khaled’s seventh chart hit and fourth top 10 overall. His last release, 2011’s We the Best Forever, debuted and peaked at No. 5 with 53,000 sold in its first week.
Owl City’s The Midsummer Station starts at No. 7 with 30,000, marking the act’s third top 10 set. The album’s current single, “Good Time” (with Carly Rae Jepsen), has been percolating in the top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100 for the past month.
Owl City’s last full-length set, 2011’s All Things Bright and Beautiful, debuted and peaked at No. 6 with a 48,000 start. However, the album only spent nine weeks on the tally — a meager total compared with the 56 frames the act’s debut album, Ocean Eyes, spent on the list. ( Ocean was fueled by the No. 1 Hot 100 single “Fireflies.”) It’s probably safe to suspect that the new album could have a longer shelf life than All Things on the chart, thanks to the popularity of his Jepsen collaboration.
Downloads made up 72% of Owl City’s first week, as compared with the 38% they accounted for Songz’ debut. That’s not terribly surprising, as digital sales amounted to 48% of the total sales of Owl City’s last album, versus 16% for Songz’ Passion, Pain & Pleasure.
Christian band Tenth Avenue North is the final debut in the top 10 this week, as the group’s The Struggle arrives at a career-high No. 9 with 26,000 (a weekly sales peak for the act). Over on the Top Christian Albums chart, the set bows at No. 1, the group’s second leader on that tally.
As for the rest of the top 10 this week, 2 Chainz’ Based on a T.R.U. Story falls 1-2 with 48,000 (down 67%), and the Now 43 compilation drops 2-3 with 45,000 (down 40%). Justin Bieber’s Believe climbs 6-5 (32,000; down 7%), and Maroon 5’s Overexposed slips 5-6 (nearly 32,000; down 11%). Rick Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t slides 3-8 (28,000; down 36%), and One Direction’s Up All Night descends 7-10 (25,000; down 15%).
If you haven’t seen her name yet, that must mean Adele’s 21 has slipped out of the top 10 for the first time in its 79-week chart run. This week, the album falls 8-12 with 24,000 (down 9%). The set debuted at No. 1 on the March 12, 2011, chart and spent its first 78 frames within the top 10. It’s tied with Def Leppard’s Hysteria and Michael Jackson’s Thriller for the third-longest run in the top 10 since 1963 (when our mono and stereo album charts combined into one tally). Only Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. (84 weeks) and The Sound of Music soundtrack (109) logged longer top 10 runs.
The absence of 21 from the top 10 may be temporary — it could easily return to the region next week. Though once we get into the thick of September, when a bevy of superstar releases are due, it might be harder for the album to stick around the top 10. The set’s fourth and final single, “Rumour Has It,” holds at No. 4 (its peak) on the Adult Contemporary airplay chart this week. It peaked at No. 16 on the Hot 100 in May.
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Taylor Swift rests at No. 1 for a second week with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” selling 307,000 downloads (down 51%). A second-week drop from its whopping 623,000-start was likely inevitable, but the 307,000 figure is still one of the 20 biggest sales weeks of 2012.
Maroon 5’s “One More Night” skips 4-2 with 195,000 (up 15%), Flo Rida’s “Whistle” drops 2-3 with 180,000 (down 10%), and fun.’s “Some Nights” slips 3-4 with 169,000 (down 7%).
Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Good Time” rises 8-5 with 144,000 (up 13%) while Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” (featuring Big Sean) holds at No. 6 with 144,000 (up 13%). Jepsen’s own “Call Me Maybe” is also steady at No. 7 with 122,000 (down 10%) while Phillip Phillips’ “Home” is down 5-8 with 109,000 (down 33%).
Cher Lloyd’s “Want U Back” is stationary at No. 9 with 107,000 (down 14%) while Neon Trees hit the top 10 for the first time, as “Everybody Talks” jumps 15-10 with 99,000 (up 10%). For the latter tune, it also breaks into the top 10 on the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart (known as Pop Songs on Billboard.com), rising 11-8.
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Aug. 26) totaled 5 million units, down 4% compared with the sum last week (5.3 million) and down 2% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.1 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 192.5 million, down 4% compared with the same total at this point last year (199.9 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 23.5 million downloads, down 5% compared with last week (24.8 million) and up 5% stacked next to the comparable week of 2011 (22.4 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 893.7 million, up 6% compared with the same total at this point last year (845.9 million).
Next week’s Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2011 when: Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV blasted onto the chart at No. 1 with 964,000 sold. Red Hot Chili Pepper’s I’m With You bowed in the runner-up slot with 229,000.