On The Charts: Michael Buble Croons His Way To The Top Again
Michael Buble is now four for four.
The crooner’s latest album, To Be Loved, hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, selling 195,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s Buble’s fourth No. 1 album in a row, following 2011′s Christmas, 2009′s Crazy Love and 2007′s Call Me Irresponsible.
To Be Loved is also the Canadian’s second No. 1 debut, after Crazy Love, which also notched the top spot in its first week with 132,000 sold, according to Billboard.
The success of To Be Loved, Buble’s sixth full-length effort, hinges partially on the success of “It’s a Beautiful Day,” the album’s lead single, which has enjoyed international radio play despite peaking at only No. 94 on the Hot 100 chart. The song also currently sits at No. 12 on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary Songs chart.
Former American Idol champion Fantasia debuts at No. 2 with Side Effects of You, with 91,000 copies sold. It’s the highest chart slot for the singer, who did recently promoted the album on her former show, performing “Lose to Win.”
Justin Timberlake continues his streak landing in the top three with The 20/20 Experience moving 74,000 copies. Last week’s No. 1, Fall Out Boy‘s Save Rock & Roll, fell to fifth this week with sales of 36,000.
Other top 10 debuts this week include French electro-rockers Phoenix, whose Bankrupt! notched a spot at No. 4 with 50,000 copies sold, and Rob Zombie‘s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, which comes in at No. 7 with 34,000 sold.
Despite the strong performance of singles “Scream & Shout” and “#thatPower,” will.i.am continues his underwhelming sales streak as a solo artist. #willpower moved only 29,000 and debuted at No. 9 in its first week.
-Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com