Easy Listening Rules the Charts

Jeez, last week was Barbra Streisand and this week it’s Michael Buble at #1 on the Billboard 200. American album buyers are a bunch of Oprah-watching pussies. But I’m glad somebody—anybody— beat Kiss, if for no other reason than to deny royal dickhead Gene Simmons the satisfaction.

1. Michael Bublé – “Crazy Love” – 132,000 (debut, in 3 days of sales)

2. Kiss – “Sonic Boom” – 108,000 (debut, Wal-Mart exclusive)

3. Toby Keith – “American Ride” – 90,000 (debut)

4. Barbra Streisand – “Love Is the Answer” – 75,000 (down 58%)

5. Jay-Z – “The Blueprint 3” – 65,000 (down 27%)

6. Luke Bryan – “Doin’ My Thing” – 58,000 (debut)

7. Mariah Carey – “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel” – 54,000 (down 68%)

8. Miley Cyrus – “The Time of Our Lives” EP – 47,000 (down 14%)

9. Backstreet Boys – “This Is Us” – 42,000 (debut)

10. Breaking Benjamin – “Dear Agony” – 41,000 (down 69%)

• Michael Jackson – “Number Ones” – 43,000 (sold more than the Backstreet Boys but ineligible for the Billboard 200 because of its anachronistic chart rules excluding “catalog” albums)

More sales data after the jump…


Further down:

16. Pearl Jam – “Backspacer” – 32,000 (down 46%)

20. Madonna – “Celebration” – 26,000 (down 63%)

22. Roseanne Cash – “The List” – 26,000 (debut)

50. Built to Spill – “There Is No Enemy” – 12,000 (debut)

62. Karen O and the Kids – “Where the Wild Things Are” – 10,000 (second week)

135. Blake Lewis – “Heartbreak on Vinyl” – 4,000 (debut)

FYI: Jay-Z is a business, man! According to Yahoo, “The Blueprint 3 is Jay-Z’s 12th album to top the 1 million mark in sales. Jay-Z has sold 26,945,000 albums, a total topped by only one rapper in history. Eminem has sold 34,956,000 albums.”

Additional sales data via MTV and Yahoo.

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