On the charts: Michael Buble bubbles to the top, Kiss stays steady
Oprah Winfrey continues to wield her power to influence the music industry. Pop vocalist Michael Bublé appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Friday, and -- violà! -- his album lands atop the U.S. pop chart less than one week later.
This is his second chart-topper, Billboard reports, but "Crazy Love" accomplished such a feat with just three days of sales.The album was released off-cycle on Friday, as opposed to the standard music biz release day of Tuesday, and Nielsen SoundScan tracks sales data through Sunday evening. Bublé's "Crazy Love" sold 132,000 copies, according to SoundScan.
Meanwhile, Bublé's past efforts continue to put up solid numbers. Though not reflected on the current pop chart, Bublé has two albums in the top 30 on Billboard's Top Catalog Albums tally. His 2005 release "It's Time" sold just fewer than 5,000 copies this week, giving it a to-date total of 3.2 million. His 2007 effort "Call Me Irresponsible" added another 4,000 copies, bringing it to a total of 1.9 million.
The ballad-focused crooner tends to fly under the radar for someone who puts up such blockbuster numbers. His release wasn't the flashiest to land on this week's pop charts, and yet it still beat out such veteran brand-news as Kiss and Toby Keith.
Other notables from this week's sales chart:
A Kiss that ages well. The costumed rockers and Rock Hall candidates land at No. 2, selling 108,000 copies of "Sonic Boom." The release is a much-ballyhooed retail exclusive for the band, a three-disc set selling only at big-box retailer Wal-Mart in the U.S. Even with the power of Wal-Mart, as well as a budget price of $12, Kiss falls right in line with its previous efforts. Billboard's Chart Alert column has the archive stats, and reveals that this is the band's second-best sales week since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. Back in 1998, the act's "Psycho-Circus" entered at No. 3 after selling 110,000 copies.
A little bit country. Nashville continues to make a respectable showing on the U.S. pop chart. New efforts from Toby Keith and Luke Bryan land in the top 10, led by Keith's "American Ride." The effort enters at No. 3 on the strength of 90,000 sales. That's pretty much exactly what Keith did one year ago, when his "That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy" landed with 91,000 in sales. As for Bryan, the rising star experiences a mighty sales increase as "Doin' My Thing" bests the first-week sales of "I'll Stay Me" in 2007. "My Thing" debuts with 58,000 copies sold, and the 2007 effort landed with 25,000 copies, according to the Billboard archives. To date, it has moved a total of 265,000 copies. Meanwhile, country ladies Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift are still in the top 20, and Rosanne Cash enters at No. 22 with her "The List" (26,000 copies).
Don't count out a diva.Sorta. While Mariah Carey's low first-week sales for "Memoris of an Imperfect Angel" turned heads last week -- the album entered with 168,000 copies sold -- she stays in the top 10 this week. When "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" landed on earth, its bow was a significant dip from the 463,000 first-week copies sold of last year's "E=MC2." It also entered just below Paramore's "Brand New Eyes" at No. 3, the latter of which opened with 175,000. But this week, Carey overtakes Paramore, selling 54,000 copies at No. 7 to give her a total of 223,000 copies sold. Meanwhile, rockers Paramore dip to No. 11 and move 41,000 copies for a total of 216,000 copies. Still, Carey's two-week total is likely a cause of concern heading into the holiday season, as she's generally counted on as a sales powerhouse.
Soundtracks ahead! Look for a massive showing next week for the soundtrack to "Twilight: New Moon." The album will be released off-cycle on a Friday, giving it a shortened sales week, yet the Twi-kids likely will be out in force. To date, the soundtrack to "Twilight" has already sold a whopping 2.2 million copies and sits this week at No. 77. Additionally, the Karen O-led soundtrack to "Where the Wild Things Are" has performed well in its first two weeks of availability but should get a boost with the movie opening. This week it sits at No. 62, and has sold 27,000 copies in its first two weeks.
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Michael Bublé. Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times