Chart Buzz: Evanescence, Scotty McCreery, Joe Jonas, Adele

Posted October 21, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News

The big news this week: Evanesence takes the No. 1 spot from AI winner Scotty McCreery, Joe Jonas’ debut isn’t the big splash he had hoped for and Adele shows no signs of slowing down

Move over Scotty. Evanescence celebrates their second No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with their latest effort.

After American Idol winner Scotty McCreery soared to the top last week – becoming the youngest AI alum to soar to No. 1 – with his debut album, rock band Evanesence scores the top spot with their self-titled third album, selling 127,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Their lead single, “What You Want,” is making impact at rock radio, with a 15-13 surge on the Rock Songs’ survey and also holding tight to their spot at No. 17 on the Alternative Songs’ list.

Adele is right behind the Amy Lee-fronted band, with her best-selling sophomore album 21 (111,000, down 1%).

McCreery’s Clear As Day drops to No. 4 (88,000, down 55%). Lauren Alaina, Idol’s runner-up, also makes its debut this week at No. 5 with Wildflower, selling 69,000 copies.

Joe Jonas also makes his Billboard debut with his first album, Fastline, settling for No. 15 (18,000 copies sold). The album features a fresh R&B approach to his music, instead of the bubblegum pop-rock heard on the  Jonas Brothers’ discs. Possibly the new sound is making it a hard sale for Jonas fans.

Joe Jonas is the second member from the Jonas Brothers’ camp to produce a solo album. Fellow brother Nick Jonas did mange to sell 82,000 copies in the first week for his debut album, Who I Am. In the end. comparing the stats proves to be devastating news to the Jonas brand.

Lady Antebellum makes a major slip with Own The Night, selling 47,000 (4-8, down 18%). Tony Bennett’s Duets II, which gripped the No. 1 spot two weeks ago, also slips 3-6, selling 54,000 (down 23%).

In singles’ territory, Adele is triumphing in all of her glory with “Someone Like You;” maintaining its hold at No. 1 on the Digital Songs’ survey.  Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” slips 2-5, while LMFAO’s “Sexy And I know It” jumps 3-2 (up 13%) and Rihanna’s “We Found Love” also jumps to higher heights (5-3). Foster The People’s unexpected hit single “Pumped Up Kicks” hold on to No. 4 for a second week.

The second-tier on the Digital Songs’ Top Ten is also showing strong signs in airplay growth and audience popularity, with Cobra Starship’s “You Make Me Feel” returning into the Top 10 at No. 9 along with Lady Gaga’s “You and I” at No. 10. Despite significant sales increases, David Guetta & Usher’s “Without You” drops 7-8 (129,000, up 7%) and Gym Class Heroes’ “Stereo Hearts,” featuring Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, drops 6-7 (136,000, up 2%).

On the Billboard Hot 100 (Week of Oct. 29, 2011):

#1 “Someone Like You – Adele
#2 “Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
#3 “Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster The People
#4 “Sexy And I Know It” – LMFAO
#5 ‘Stereo Hearts” – Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine
#6 “We Found Love” – Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
#7 “Without You” – David Guetta feat. Usher
#8 “You Make Me Feel…” – Cobra Starship feat. Sabi
#9 “Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock
#10 “Young Wild & Free” – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa feat. Bruno Mars

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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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