Although Adele continues to hold down the top spot on the Billboard 200 this week, several Whitney Houston albums are still making an impact, while Tyga and Chiddy Bang make some big debuts.
Adele’s 21 spent its 22nd week atop the chart, making it the longest-running #1 since Prince & the Revolution’s “Purple Rain” soundtrack scored 24 weeks in 1984 and 1985. Two more weeks to tie… WOAH.
In at #2 is the late Whitney Houston’s Whitney: the Greatest Hits, selling 174,000. Just weeks after her death, retailers had to re-stock her older catalogs and they are finally reaching stores, making her sets move up the list. “The Bodyguard” soundtrack soared from #38-6, selling 47,000 copies, while her Whitney Houston climbed from #37-9 with 30,000.
According to Billboard.com, the bulk of Houston’s album sales have come from digital downloads since her February 11th passing, because most retailers didn’t have physical copies on-hand.
As for new albums, Tyga’s second studio LP, Careless World: Rise of the Last King, opens at #4 with 61,000 copies sold in its first week. The YMCMB rapper’s sales could’ve been higher, but there was a clearance issue for a sample of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, causing albums to be re-shipped to retailers. So, 83% of its sales came from digital sales instead. The LP features guests such as Nas, Wale, Pharrell, Busta Rhymes, Nicki minaj, T-Pain, and Lil Wayne, among others.
Later down the rankings, hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang bows at #8 with with debut LP, Breakfast, selling 31,000 copies to start — nearly all of which were downloads. The set was exclusively available in the iTunes store last week, which also offered the album’s “Handclaps & Guitars” as its free single of the week. Since then, it’s become available at retailers.
At #9 is Drake’s Take Care, selling 26,000 copies this week as it nears 1.5 million sales; and closing out the top 20 is Young Jeezy’s TM 103, selling 16,000 copies and closes in on gold sales.
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 Feb. 26) totaled 6.31 million units, down 18% compared to the sum last week (7.72 million) and down 3% compared to the comparable sales week of 2011 (6.50 million). Year to date album sales stand at 48.01 million, up 3% compared to the same total at this point last year (46.45 million).