As expected by pretty much everyone who’s ever heard a note of music in the last five years, Norah Jones’ Not Too Late took the top spot on this week’s Billboard 200. The adorable singer’s third full-length sold 405,000 copies–a jump from last week’s No. 1-worthy total of 132,000, but a steep drop from the first-week sales of her previous album, Feels Like Home, which topped the million-sold mark in its debut week.
Biggest Debuts: Katharine McPhee is in the bridesmaid slot again; the American Idol runner-up’s self-titled debut entered the chart at No. 2, with 116,000 units sold. And there was another TV-fueled phenomenon with a top five debut: Celtic Woman, an Irish sextet whose performances pop up on PBS a lot, sold 71,000 copies of its second album, A New Journey. Harry Connick’s New Orleans-themed album Oh, My NOLA, came in at No. 11, selling 44,000 copies, while Jill Scott’s collection of duets, Collaborations, came in right behind Connick. And Lily Allen’s Alright, Still, despite being available to U.S. fans via British stores and less legal methods of music acquisition, sold 34,000 copies and came in at No. 20.
Biggest Slides: Last week’s top two records–Pretty Ricky’s Late Night Special and the Shins’ Wincing The Night Away–both had sales declines of more than 50%, with the Pretty Ricky album dropping to No. 5 and the Shins full-length dipping to No. 8. (Yes, we almost made the “dropping–its pants” joke regarding the Pretty Ricky album. No, we aren’t proud.)
Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: Oh, Daughtry. We can’t help but be fascinated by the seemingly unending success of your record, which hangs tough at No. 3 again. We’re even thinking of renaming this section in your honor–but only if you and your shaved skull stay strong next week, when Fall Out Boy and Ashley Tisdale try to crowd their way into the chart’s top five slots. We’ll be keeping an eye on you.
Norah Jones’ “Not Too Late” Debuts At No. 1 [Billboard]