On the charts: It's Bieber's 'World,' but Zooey and M. Ward are in the neighborhood
It's Justin Bieber's moment, and the teen sensation is making the most of it. The blond-haired, Auto-Tuned Usher protegé lands at No. 1 on the U.S. pop chart, his "My World 2.0" having sold 282,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Only 3 1/2 months removed from the release of his debut, "My World," a seven-track album that was billed as an EP, "My World 2.0" arrived last week as a service pack-styled upgrade -- 10 tracks and a price of less than $7 at nearly every major retailer, including iTunes and Amazon. It also gives Bieber two tracks in the top 5, as his "My World" sold 50,000 copies this week to add to its tally, now about 1.1 million.
Industry trade Billboard, which maintains the U.S. pop chart, shares the tidbit that at age 16, Bieber is the youngest male artist to hit No. 1 since Stevie Wonder did it in 1963 with his "Little Stevie Wonder/The 12 Year Old Genius."
Also landing in the top 5 this week is the latest from R&B/pop vet Monica, whose "Still Standing" sold 183,000 copies, and the latest in the hits compilation series "Now That's What I Call Music" is not too far behind, at No. 4. The set is on its 33rd edition, and opened with 136,000 copies this week.
On a more local note, the vintage Laurel Canyon-inspired pop of She & Him scores an impressive entry. The second offering from the pairing of actress Zooey Deschanel and sharp guitar arranger M. Ward, "Volume Two," sold 47,000 copies to enter at No. 6. Billboard reports that the act's "Volume One" never sold more than 10,000 copies in one week.
Further down, L.A. electro-pop act the Bird and the Bee enter at No. 75. The act's irony-busting "Interpreting the Masters, Vol. 1 (A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates)" sold a little more than 7,000 copies. That's in the range of where the act's 2009 effort, "Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future," entered when it debuted at No. 78.
Overall album sales, according to Billboard, are down about 10% from the comparable week last year.
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Justin Bieber. Credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times