After the early demises of one-week wonders ‘The Hunger Games’ OST, Mad-onna’s ‘MDNA’, and Nicki Minaj’s ‘Reloaded’, Lionel Richie’s ‘Tuskegee’ has surprised even me – who expected it to reach the apex – by clinging on to the top. Part of the reason is a lack of competition but the other part is that this is a good album that’s at the top on merit. It’s low on track overlaying, synthetic beats and the whole rest of it, and is heavy on real singing, which is becoming a rarity these days.
This is not an earth-shaking week on the Billboard charts otherwise. Billboard, don’t be so boring!
No. 2 spot on the Albums Chart is occupied by Jason Mraz’s new album ‘Love is a Four Letter Word’ in its debut week and that has knocked down Adele’s ’21′ to no. 3. Most noteworthy is Future’s debut studio album landing at no. 8 on its debut week.
Other than that, we have the usual suspects – Nicki Minaj’s ‘Reloaded’, One Direction’s ‘Up All Night’, and Gotye’s ‘Making Mirrors’ in . . . their usual positions! (or close enough).
Over on the Singles Hot 100 Chart, Gotye (‘Somebody that I used to Know’) and fun (‘We are Young’) remain in the top two positions per the long-term lease they’ve signed with Billboard (as I reported on earlier). In fact these two singles have so caught listeners’ fancy that they have kept Maroon 5′s hotly-anticipated new single featuring Wiz Khalifa, ‘Payphone’ at no. 3. That’s an interesting stat because ‘Payphone’ is the clear winner on the Digital Singles Charts. Perhaps that’s a signal that Gotye or fun’s lease is about to expire in a week . . . .
Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Stronger’ is still in the Top Ten, but only just, being at no. 10 after eighteen weeks on the charts, a longevity statistic it shares with ‘We Are Young’
What with the stagnant singles charts, I wonder if Richie & Pals didn’t miss a trick: they could’ve put out extended play versions or alternate cuts of a couple of songs from ‘Tuskegee’; they might have livened things up on the Hot 100 and also the Digital Charts.
Oh well, live and learn!