Seems like the Brits have officially taken over for good. Boy-band mania sweeps the US as UK X-Factor alumni and Pop confection One Direction races ahead of Adele to début at # 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart with their début album ‘Up All Night‘ selling 176,000 copies in the US this week. The reason for all the hoopla? They become the first UK group in history to début at # 1 with their first album on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, a feat that was not accomplished even by The Beatles. The highest chart position by a UK group’s début album was last achieved by the Spice Girls, when ‘Spice‘ spent 5 non-consecutive weeks at # 1 in 1997, although the album had debuted at # 6, and eventually topped the charts on its 14th week.
Adele spends another week at # 2, selling another 148,000 copies of ‘21‘ this week (seriously, WHO is buying all these albums??), thus being prevented from tying Prince’s record of spending 24 weeks at # 1 for another week.
Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Greatest Hits‘ make a huge leap on the charts from # 31 to # 3 this week, due to the album being available for 25 cents on Google Play and Amazon for a day this week.
Gotye’s ‘Making Mirrors‘ finally enters the top 10 for the first time, vaulting 16 to 9 this week. This was probably the only major chart where the album hadn’t made a top 10 placement, and I’m glad it’s finally got it’s due.
The Billboard top 10 albums this week are :
1. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
2. 21 – Adele
3. Greatest Hits – Guns N’ Roses
4. Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen
5. The Passion : White Flag – Various
6. Whitney : The Greatest Hits – Whitney Houston
7. Take Care – Drake
8. Now 41 – Various
9. Making Mirrors – Gotye
10. Some Nights – Fun.