Album Charts: Anthony Hamilton Earns Highest Debut This Week With ‘Back To Love’

Anthony Hamilton - Back To Love coverart

Anthony Hamilton - Back To Love coverartSinger Michael Buble stays put atop the Billboard 200 this week with his Christmas album, selling nearly 450,000 this week.

Besides Buble, Adele returns to #2 with 21, while Drake’s sophomore album Take Care holds steady at #7 with 77,000 this week, taking him past the 1 million sales mark. He goes platinum for his second straight album, following his 2010 debut Thank Me Later.

Rounding out the top 10 is Amy Winehouse’s Lioness: Hidden Treasures, falling from #5-10 in its second week with 65,000.

The chart’s highest debut this week comes in at #12, where Anthony Hamilton’s fifth studio album Back to Love opens with 63,000 sold. Released via RCA, the LP boasts production from Salaam Remi, Babyface, and Mike City, among others, as well as a single feature from Keri Hilson.

Rihanna lands at #14 with Talk That Talk, selling 54,000 and closing out the top 20 spots this weeks.

Outside the top tier, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa debuted at #26 with the soundtrack to their movie together, “Mac & Devin Go To High School.” It sold 38,000 copies to star. The soundtrack boasts production by Exile, Jake One and Warren G, and a guest spot by Wiz’s Taylor Gang Records signee, Three 6 Mafia’s Juicy J.

That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to Amazon.com.

According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Dec. 18) totaled 11.20 million units, up 15% compared to the sum last week (9.77 million) and down 10% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (12.49 million). Year to date album sales stand at 307.75 million, up 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (303.93 million).

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