On The Charts: Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Marks First No. 1 Album
It only took six albums and ten years, but Robin Thicke has a No. 1 album. He claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart for the first time this week with his latest, Blurred Lines. The album sold 177,000 copies in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Sales for Blurred Lines were driven by its title track, which is currently in the position to claim Song of the Summer status for 2013 in its ninth week at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart. The song has also permeated pop culture, from countless YouTube parodies to a recent Vine gone viral of a woman dancing to the tune in the back of a car. Thicke has further boosted the song’s profile with a cheeky performance with the Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and cranking it out for The Colbert Report after Daft Punk was forced to pull out of a highly publicized booking.
Coming in at No. 2 is L.A. metal band Five Finger Death Punch, with the band’s fifth album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell: Volume 1, moving 112,000 copies. It’s an improvement over the group’s last full-length, 2011’s American Capitalist, which opened at No. 3 with 90,000 sold. Time will reveal if they finally grab a No. 1 spot when The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2 is released later this year.
Jay Z takes the No. 3 slot with Magna Carta… Holy Grail, which was given an extra shot with the debut of his HBO special Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film and his recent appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher.
Following Jay Z at No. 4 is fiercely independent St. Louis rapper Tech N9ne, whose 13th studio album, Something Else, selling more than 58,000 copies. Tech N9ne also appears on this week’s No. 2 album from Five Finger Death Punch, guesting with the group on a cover of LL Cool J‘s “Mama Said Knock You Out.”
Rounding out the top 5 is the latest effort from the Backstreet Boys, In A World Like This, making it the band’s ninth full-length to debut in the top 10 of Billboard’s album chart. Selling 48,000 copies, it’s also the group’s first album to be released independently.
There’s plenty of summery teen-pop in the rest of the top 10, with the Teen Beach soundtrack at No. 6 (47,000), Emblem 3‘s Nothing to Lose at No. 7 (46,000), Selena Gomez‘s Stars Dance, which drops from debuting in the top spot last week down to No. 8. It’s even younger kiddie fare at No. 8 with Kidz Bop 24, while breakout country act Florida Georgia Line clings to No. 10 with their debut, Here’s to the Good Times (28,000).
Among the new releases expected to shake up the top tier of next week’s Billboard 200 include the eponymous sophomore album from the Civil Wars, produced in spite of the duo teetering on the verge of breaking up (if they haven’t already) and Now 47: That’s What I Call Music, the latest in the long-running line of compilation, this time featuring hits from Capital Cities, Icona Pop, Zedd and more.