Call it a milestone of sorts: This week’s top three albums on the Billboard 200 each sold more than 100,000 copies, with Musiq Soulchild pulling into the No. 1 spot after selling 149,000 copies of Luvanmusiq. Right behind him was the R & B crooner Lloyd, whose Street Love (which has one of our favorite singles so far this year) sold 144,000 copies.
Biggest Debuts: Six of the top ten records this week were first-timers. In addition to Musiq and Lloyd, D-throwing Rich Boy debuted at No. 3 and selling 112,000 copies of his self-titled debut; Neil Young sold 57,000 copies of Live At Massey Hall and entering at No. 6; Amy Winehouse moved 51,000 copies of Back To Black and debuted at No. 7; and 8-Ball & MJG’s Ridin’ High sold 50,000 copies, enough to land the No. 8 slot.
Biggest Slides: Last week’s No. 1, the Notorious B.I.G.’s Greatest Hits, dropped to No. 15; the album behind it, the Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible, took a dive to No. 18. (We’re sure that it was appropriately dramatic.)
Charting The Decline: Today’s report of the ever-softening CD market has inspired this new section, in which we compare this week’s overall sales totals to those from a year ago. This week’s tally of 8.50 million units sold is down 18.7% a year ago this week, during which 10.46 million CDs were sold; interestingly, though, the No. 20 album from each year (Corinne Bailey Rae in 2007, and Hawthorne Heights’ If Only You Were Lonely in 2006) sold 34,000 copies.
Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: The things you learn from reading Billboard.biz–like the fact that there are 22,000 fans of Type O Negative out there. Guess the cover of Metal Edge can still sell records!