No one could stop Miley Cyrus this week. As projected last week, the provocative pop star takes No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, selling 270,000 copies of her newest album, Bangerz, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
As it turned out, no one else even stood a chance. Bangerz tops the chart by nearly 200,000 units, putting Cyrus in a league of her own. It’s her third No. 1 album as Miley and fifth overall, with two soundtrack titles under the guise of Hannah Montana under her belt,
according to Billboard.
However, while 270,000 bests the numbers of her last release, 2010’s Can’t Be Tamed (102,000 first-week sales, No. 3 debut), it’s not her best overall. Her first solo release, Meet Miley Cyrus (which was paired with the Hannah Montana 2 soundtrack), hit sales of 326,000 in its first week, while the first Hannah Montana soundtrack moved 281,000 copies. Her best first-week numbers remains 2008’s Breakout, which hit 371,000.
Still, 270,000 set against other major 2013 acts is still a formidable number, helped no doubt by a high profile performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August, a spot hosting and performing on Saturday Night Live, a No. 1 single in “Wrecking Ball” and an additional top five hit with “We Can’t Stop.”
Had Miley not decided to toss Bangerz out to the world last week, the No. 1 album in the country might have been yet another nostalgic act from the mid-2000s alt-rock crowd. Panic! at the Disco hits No. 2 this week with Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die, the rock outfit’s fourth LP. The album sells 84,000 copies in its first week, besting 2011’s 56,000-selling Vices & Virtues, while equaling its highest-charting album by matching 2008’s Pretty. Odd.
It was a big week for debuts in the top 10, but two major acts still held over into the top five. Drake remains in the top three with Nothing Was the Same, which sells 83,000, while last week’s No. 1, The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) from Justin Timberlake, drops to No. 5 with sales of 70,000. The other holdover from last week, Lorde, hits No. 6 with 63,000 copies sold of Pure Heroine.
Pusha T makes a semi-triumphant return to the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week, hitting No. 4 with My Name is My Name. The 75,000-selling album, the rapper’s first solo LP, is his best debut since Lord Willin’, his 2002 album as part of the rap duo Clipse.
Debuts round out the top 10 after Lorde as well. Glee hits the top 10 with the soundtrack to the show’s Oct. 10 episode “The Quarterback,” which revolved around the death of major character Finn Hudson (played by deceased actor Cory Monteith). The EP hits No. 7 with 47,000 moved.
Korn is still plugging along. The accomplished rock act’s newest album, The Paradigm Shift, hits No. 8 with 46,000 sold, primarily on the radio strength of single “Never Never,” which has peaked at No. 3 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
Cassadee Pope becomes the first The Voice alum to hit the top 10, with major-label debut Frame by Frame selling 43,000 to hit No. 9, as well as No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. The singing competition’s previous best from a winner, first-season champion Javier Colon, could only reach No. 134.
Another rock act closes the top 10 as Mayday Parade puts Monsters in the Closet, the band’s fourth LP, at No. 10 with sales of 30,000. It’s the group’s best sales week, topping 2011’s self-titled release that moved 27,000 copies.
-Kevin Rutherford, Radio.com