In the end all it took to end Eminem’s nonconsecutive eight-week reign at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 was one California gurl and her Teenage Dream. As Katy Perry’s sophomore album heads into the peak position on the main album chart following opening sales of 192,000, she’s trailed by Fantasia at #2 with Back To Me. This pushes Em’s Recovery down to #3.
Billboard points out that Teenage Dream is the first album by a female artist to hit #1 since Ke$ha’s Animal back in January. It also beats Katy Perry’s #9 chart peak with her 2008 debut One Of The Boys. Still, the opening sales have been deemed disappointing by Entertainment Weekly‘s Music Mix. “How come those major hits ["California Gurls" and "Teenage Dream"] didn’t translate into equally strong album sales?” the site ponders. Perhaps kiddies were spending their back-to-school cash on pencils and notebooks?
And following her attempted suicide and wave of promotional appearances (a mere two weeks later!), Fantasia moved 119,000 copies of her third album Back To Me—enough to give her a #2 debut. She’s trailed by Usher, who goes in at #4 with his new EP Versus. The set contains his two current hits “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” and “Hot Tottie.”
This week’s additional Top 10 debuts come in the forms of Little Big Town’s The Reason (#5), Randy Rogers Band’s Burning The Day (#8) and Devil Wears Prada’s Zombie EP (#10).
Up next week: can new releases from either Disturbed or the Goo Goo Dolls knock Katy Perry back into reality?
The Top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200 Albums:
1. Katy Perry, Teenage Dream *new*
2. Fantasia, Back To Me *new*
3. Eminem, Recovery
4. Usher, Versus *new*
5. Little Big Town, The Reason Why *new*
6. Kem, Intimacy
7. Justin Bieber, My World 2.0
8. Randy Rogers Band, Burning The Day *new*
9. Ray LaMontagne, God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise
10. Devil Wears Prada, Zombie *new*