Country mega-star Miranda Lambert – undoubtedly one of the most under-rated female vocalist of the past decade – finally earns a much deserved # 1 album on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart as her fifth studio release ‘Platinum‘ arrives straight at the top of the chart with over 180,000 units sold this week.
Bravo! Considering that Country Radio in general is saturated lately with beer-drinking truckers with a notable absence of female vocalists apart from Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Lambert – this should act as a wake-up call. Apparently Kacey Musgrave’s double Grammy win in the major Country categories didn’t help much earlier this year to drive home the fact that we’ve had enough, like literally ENOUGH of ‘Drink A Beer‘ and ‘Truck Yeah‘.
‘Platinum‘ – a stellar body of work, I’m playing it on repeat as I write this post – also becomes Lambert’s fifth consecutive # 1 album on the Top Country Albums Chart – her entire output including 2005’s ‘Kerosene‘, 2007’s ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘, 2009’s ‘Revolution‘ and 2011’s ‘Four The Record‘. She’s notched a 6th – if you count her side project as the Pistol Annies (a collaboration with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley). Their Gold-certified début effort ‘Hell On Heels‘ debuted at # 1 in 2011, while their sophomore effort ‘Annie Up‘ hit # 2 in 2013 on the Top Country Albums Chart. Both the albums hit # 5 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.
Lambert also notches her highest first week sales with ‘Platinum‘ – 180,000 units moved this week in the US alone. Her sales have increased consistently with each release – ‘Kerosene‘ debuted at # 18 on the Billboard 200 with 40,000 in 2005, ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘ at # 6 with 53,000 in 2007, ‘Revolution‘ at # 8 with 66,000 and ‘Four The Record‘ at # 3 with 133,000 in 2011. In terms of overall sales – each of her previously released albums have been certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of over 1 million units each in the US, and Lambert remains one of the most consistently well selling stars of the genre.
A well deserved # 1, and a highly recommended album if you’re into old-school pure Country – especially the duet ‘Somethin’ Bad‘ with fellow Country icon Carrie Underwood.
Over at the Hot 100 Singles Chart, Australian Rapstress Iggy Azalea continues her record run at # 1 for a third week with ‘Fancy‘ featuring British chanteuse Charlie XCX. The single remains the highest selling song in the US for a third week, selling over 263,000 downloads this week, while inching up to # 2 on the Radio Songs Chart. The leader there? John Legend’s ‘All Of Me‘ – which extrapolates to the fact that the latter song is the most played song in America this week.
Miss I.G.G.Y doubles up as a featured vocalist on the # 2 song of the week as well (a record created by The Beatles and tied only by Azalea), Ariana Grande’s ‘Problem‘ which stays stuck at the same position for a third week in a row. ‘Problem‘ is on the rise on the Radio Songs Chart and remains the highest gainer there, roaring up to # 4 this week. But with digital sales and airplay for ‘Fancy‘ being higher and rising, the latter fends off ‘Problem‘ for yet another week.
John Legend remains at # 3 for another week, and crowns the Radio Songs Chart again with the most played song on American Radio this week – ‘All Of Me‘. With digital sales for both ‘Fancy‘ and ‘Problem‘ much higher than ‘All Of Me‘ – both songs triumph over ‘All Of Me‘ on the Hot 100 after it led the chart for three weeks prior to ‘Fancy‘.
As I had predicted earlier, British crooner and rising star Sam Smith vaults up to the coveted top 10 of the Hot 100 this week with his lush ballad ‘Stay With Me‘, already a # 1 smash in the UK. Last week, the song received a blessing by none other than R’n’B Icon Mary J Blige, giving the song a major push on US Radio. This week the song soars up from # 19 to # 10 to become Smith’s very first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
And looks like Smith is going the Iggy Azalea way with multiple hits making their way up the charts already. Smith – who addressed his sexuality a few weeks ago both in interviews as well as the music video for ‘Leave Your Lover‘ – notches up another simultaneous top 20 hit this week as Disclosure’s ‘Latch‘ – on which he is a featured artist – hits # 17 on the Hot 100. Smith also debuts at # 69 this week with ‘I’m Not The Only One‘, and had previously earned another top 20 hit (his first) as a featured artist on Naughty Boy’s ‘La La La‘ which peaked at # 19 on the Hot 100.
Watch out for Smith’s début album ‘In The Lonely Hour‘ – inspired by his ex-boyfriend/lover – scheduled to drop this Tuesday in the US. Already a # 1 smash in the UK, I have a feeling the album will repeat the same on the Billboard Charts soon. Possibly the gay version of Adele’s ‘21‘? Gaydele should be an apt moniker for Sam IMHO, in case the album goes Diamond as well #justsayin #homosrule #staypressedbitches
Check out all the action on the top 10 of both the Hot 100 and the Billboard 200 right here!
The Billboard Top 10 Singles this week are :
1. Fancy – Iggy Azalea feat. Charlie XCX
2. Problem – Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea
3. All Of Me – John Legend
4. Turn Down For What – DJ Snake and Lil Jon
5. Wiggle – Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg
6. Happy – Pharrell
7. Rude – MAGIC!
8. Am I Wrong – Nico And Vinz
9. Summer – Calvin Harris
10. Stay With Me – Sam Smith
The Billboard Top 10 Albums this week are :
1. Platinum – Miranda Lambert
2. Frozen (OST) – Various
3. Just As I Am – Brantley Gilbert
4. Animal Ambition – 50 Cents
5. Ghost Stories – Coldplay
6. Now 50 – Various
7. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
8. The Fault In Our Stars (OST) – Various
9. Led Zeppelin II – Led Zeppelin
10. Led Zeppelin III – Led Zeppelin