It was a big week for the music industry this week as the Christmas sales season got off to a strong start!
According to Billboard, the entire top eight albums on this week’s tally all sold in excess of 100,000 each, the first time since the chart dated Jan. 8. That was when the top 11 all sold more than 100,000 — reflecting the sales week that ended Dec. 26, 2010.
In even more interesting news though, the tightest race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in four years occurred this week as Michael Buble‘s “Christmas” edged out Nickleback‘s new album “Here and Now” for the No.1 spot by a 0.18% margin.”Christmas” sold just over 227,000 while ”Here and Now” sold a bit under 227,000.
Arriving in at a depressing No. 3 this week is Rihanna‘s “Talk That Talk,” with sales of about 197,000. Last years “LOUD” debuted at No.2 to a slightly better figure of 207,000. Rihanna is definitely one of the biggest radio jaugernauts of our time, so it’s peculiar to me why she fails to sell heaps of albums. “Talk That Talk” deserved the throne, God Damnit!
Moving right along, last week’s mega debut, Drake‘s “Take Care,” falls to No. 4 with 173,000 (down 73%) while Mary J. Blige‘s ninth studio album, “My Life II: The Journey Continues, Act I,” debuts at No. 5 with 156,000 sold.
Adele‘s “21″ also gains this week, but is forced backwards four places to No. 7 (140,000; up 24%). According to Billboard this is the first time “21″ has left the top five of the tally in its entire 40-week chart run. WOWZA!
As for the rest of the Bilboard 200, you can find it here, however I think I’ve covered all of the important points.