Until this week, the closest Pink came to landing a #1 album on the Billboard Top 200 was in 2008, when Funhouse reached #2. But she can finally pop open a bottle of bubbly (might we suggest a nice rosé?) to celebrate a new achievement, as The Truth About Love has debuted in the top spot on the chart after selling 280,000 copies. Billboard notes that this marks the third-biggest album opening in 2012 so far, behind Justin Bieber‘s Believe (374,000) and Madonna‘s MDNA (359,000).
Arriving on the chart behind Pink are Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music crew and The Killers, with, respectively, Cruel Summer (#2 with 205,000 copies sold) and Battle Born (#3, 113,000). The latter gives The Killers their highest-charting album since their sophomore effort Sam’s Town peaked at #2 in 2006. The Las Vegas band fared better in the UK, as Battle Born became their fourth consecutive studio album to hit #1.
Meanwhile, with the big hits “Call Me Maybe” and “Good Time” to her credit, we’ll admit that we’re a bit surprised to see Carly Rae Jepsen‘s US debut Kiss crawl in at #6 with only 46,000 sold. Chalk it up to the fact that there were simply so many other releases last week to compete with.
Rounding out the new entries in the Top 10: Grizzly Bear‘s Shields (#7, 39,000) and Ben Folds Five‘s comeback album The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, which arrives at #10 with about 30,000 sold. Of the band’s four studio albums, this is now their highest-charting one.
The Top 10 Of Billboard’s Top 200 Chart
1. Pink, The Truth About Love *new* *1 week*
2. Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D. Music, Cruel Summer *new*
3. The Killers, Battle Born *new*
4. Dave Matthews Band, Away From The World
5. Little Big Town, Tornado
6. Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss *new*
7. Grizzly Bear, Shields *new*
8. Bob Dylan, Tempest
9. The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter
10. Ben Folds Five, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind *new*