Josh Groban Tops Billboard 200 With ‘All That Echoes’

Finally, an album worthy of the # 1 spot on the Billboard 200.

Y’all might have noticed the occasional absence of the regular Billboard Chart update here. The thing is, I’ve been too busy being absolutely horrified. And disgusted mostly.

I seriously can’t with the state of music these days (Justin Bieber’s acoustic version of his non-Grammy nominated ‘Believe‘ arriving at # 1 – and then the hoopla about him behaving like a pansy lunatic on Twitter etc during the Grammy telecast – um, no). Hence, I’ve been very busy NOT writing about the Billboard Charts at all.

It doesn’t really make the situation any better when a song like ‘Thrift Shop‘ – a glowing example of pure poetry – is at # 1 on the Hot 100 for the past few weeks, and continues its chart domination this week as well. It’s a fun song though – but a 4th week at # 1? No.

So this week, when singer-songwriter-actor Josh Groban – one of the highest selling vocalists of the past decade – arrived at # 1 with his brand new album ‘All That Echoes‘ – the charts didn’t look so bad after all.

Firstly, that voice. ‘All That Echoes‘ is easily a contender for my fave album of 2013 already, with Groban’s soaring vocals sounding thoroughly flawless.

Groban thus earns his 3rd Billboard # 1 album, following 2003’s ‘Closer‘ and 2007’s ‘Noel‘, as ‘All That Echoes‘ arrives at # 1 with 145,000 units sold this week in the US.

Country icon Tim McGraw arrives at # 2 with his new album ‘Two Lanes Of Freedom‘ – his 15th top 10 set – with sales of over 107,000 units this week. With albums by Bruno Mars, The Lumineers and Mumford And Sons gaining in sales post their Grammy wins and performances – the top 10 doesn’t look so bad this week.

The Billboard Top 10 Singles this week are :

1. Thrift Shop – Macklemore And Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz

2. Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars

3. Scream And Shout – Will.I.Am and Britney Spears

4. Ho Hey – The Lumineers

5. I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift

6. Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin

7. Daylight – Maroon 5

8. Suit And Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

9. When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars

10. Beauty And A Beat – Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj

The Billboard Top 10 Albums this week are :

1. All That Echoes – Josh Groban

2. Two Lanes Of Freedom – Tim McGraw

3. Now 45 – Various

4. Babel – Mumford And Sons

5. Passione – Andrea Bocelli

6. Beileve Acoustic – Justin Bieber

7. Release The Panic – Red

8. Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars

9. The Afterman : Descension – Coheed And Cambria

10. The Lumineers – The Lumineers