Reba McEntire’s collection of duets, the cleverly titled Reba Duets, debuted at No. 1 on this week’s SoundScan charts, selling 301,000 copies. The album, which features Reba teaming up with the likes of Justin Timberlake and Kelly Clarkson, is somehow McEntire’s first album to top the chart–guess that appearance on Oprah worked. (Countdown to labels clamoring for Oprah Winfrey to start a record club starts now.)
Biggest Debuts: This week’s top 20 had 11 debuts including McEntire’s; new albums from Barry Manilow (No. 4), James Blunt (No. 7), Chamillionaire (No. 8), KT Tunstall (No. 9), Twista (No. 10), Eddie Vedder (No. 11), H.I.M. (No. 12), Motion City Soundtrack (No. 16), Diana Krall (No. 19), and Dropkick Murphys (No. 20) all bowed in the chart’s upper echelons. (Sales figures below.)
Meanwhile, the album by Paul Potts–the opera singer who won Britain’s Got Talent and made Rick Rubin weep–entered the chart at No. 30, selling 22,000 copies. Also notable, if only because it’ll probably irritate Kate: New Found Glory’s Songs That We First Heard On Movie Soundtracks That We Kind Of Like sold 15,000 copies and debuted at No. 42.
Notable Jumps: The Across The Universe soundtrack, saw its sales increase twofold: the deluxe edition had a 99% sales increase (24,000 copies), jumping from No. 49 to No. 24, while the regular edition had a 312% jump and leapt from No. 179 to No. 43, selling 15,000 copies. (The 39,000 total copies would have put the album at No. 12 for the week.) And Feist’s The Reminder continued its Apple-buoyed chart rise, selling 19,000 copies (a 35% uptick from last week) and floating (tastefully) up to No. 35.
Dropping Off: Last week’s top debuts unsurprisingly saw big dips: Graduation took a 76% hit and fell to No. 2; Curtis dropped 79% and fell to No. 3; and Kenny Chesney’s album fell off 71% and dropped to No. 5.
Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: It took a hit on the chart this week thanks to all the debuts gumming up the works, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t note that Nickelback’s All The Right Reasons is probably going to break the six million copies sold mark within the next week or so. (It’s at 5.962 million copies sold now.) And I’m kind of liking that “Rock Star” song a little more every time I hear it.
The top 20, with estimated sales totals in parentheses:
1. Reba McEntire, Reba Duets (301,000)
2. Kanye West, Graduation (226,000)
3. 50 Cent, Curtis (143,000)
4. Barry Manilow, Greatest Songs Of The ’70s (113,000)
5. Kenny Chesney, Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates (112,000)
6. High School Musical 2 soundtrack (99,000)
7. James Blunt, All The Lost Souls (92,000)
8. Chamillionaire, Ultimate Victory (79,000)
9. KT Tunstall, Drastic Fantastic (50,000)
10. Twista, Adrenaline Rush 2007 (41,000)
11. Eddie Vedder, Music for the Motion Picture Into the Wild (39,000)
12. H.I.M., Venus Doom (38,000)
13. Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus (37,000)
14. Fergie, The Dutchess (35,000)
15. Nickelback, All The Right Reasons (34,000)
16. Motion City Soundtrack, Even If It Kills Me (33,000)
17. Colbie Caillat, Coco (33,000)
18. Justin Timberlake, FutureSex/LoveSounds (32,000)
19. Diana Krall, The Very Best Of (30,000)
20. Dropkick Murphys, The Meanest Of Times (28,000)