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!
Because of the sad demise of Dick Clark yesterday, our weekly review of Billboard has been pushed back to today.
Well, blow me down! Last week I reported that I had been half-right on my expectation from two weeks back, i.e. that Lionel Richie’s ‘Tuskegee’ would bump Mad-onna’s ‘MDNA’ from the peak on Billboard’s album charts. Well, I was half-right last week and am half-right this week: ‘Tuskegee’ has indeed taken pole position! The only surprise for me is that it didn’t happen earlier. ‘Tuskegee’ is also no. 1 on Country Albums as well as Digital Albums.
Billboard attributes ‘Tuskegee’s climb to the CBS special “ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert” airing on Friday and sparking a demand for Richie’s album. However, the fact is that it is on hype and manufactured publicity that heavily-promoted artistes’ albums, such as ‘MDNA’, take top spot upon release and then plummet. ‘Tuskegee’, on the other hand, rose over two weeks and such a rise must primarily be attributed to quality and merit. Bravo!
‘Tuskegee’s rise bumps Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ to no. 3 with Adele’s ’21′ holding at no. 2, as does One Direction’s ‘Up All Night’ at no. 5. ‘MDNA’? Don’t know where it’s gone; can’t find it! Worthy of note, country singer Bonnie Raitt’s new album ‘Slipstream’ has debuted at no. 6 on the (‘open’) album charts.
On the topic of Billboard, the nominees for the Billboard Music Awards on 20th May have been announced. Adele is in ‘win’ with eighteen, followed by LMFAO in ‘place’ with just one fewer. Rihanna, with thirteen, is in ‘show position’. Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne will be vying with Adele and Rihanna for the Top Artist award. This award ceremony will have plenty of star-power as Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber and LMFAO are already scheduled to perform. As for the awards, I have a feeling that Adele will be feeling veeery happy one month from now.
Nothing of note on the still-static Singles Charts except that fun’s ‘We are Young’ and Gotye’s ‘Somebody that I used to Know’ have swapped places at the top. Hmm, I wonder if I was on to something when I had blogged that fun and Gotye have taken out “a long-term lease” with Billboard . . . .