Chart Buzz; Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Calvin Harris, Fall Out Boy

Posted April 25, 2013 by J Matthew Cobb in News

The latest in CHART BUZZ: Justin Timberlake’s winning streak continues with double platinum and gold-certified awards; P!nk dominates the Hot 100; Calvin Harris is the new MJ in the UK; Fall Out Boy holds down the fort at Billboard 200

Cue the music. Justin Timberlake has done what most musicians are unable to do in the post-CD age, and that is sell over two million copies of an album in a staggering in one month. The 20/20 Experience, JT’s newest album in six years, was certified double platinum by the RIAA, therefore making it Timberlake’s third consecutive multiplatinum effort as a solo act. It already holds the claim of being the best-selling new album of 2013, and selling a gigantic 76,000 copies in its first week.

Timberlake also received his fifth platinum digital single for “Suit & Tie.” Double-platinum awards were also given to for his Britney Spears-guested “Scream and Shout” and Swedish House Mafia for “Don’t You Worry Child.” RIAA prizes for gold status this quarter also went out to Jack White for his first solo album, Blunderbuss.

On the Billboard Hot 100 now, P!nk, along with the fun. frontman Nate Ruess, dominates the chart with “Just Give Me a Reason,” which can be found on her The Truth About Love album. The single becomes Pink’s fourth trip to the top of the Hot 100, following her 2001 collaborative diva effort with Christina Aguilera on “Lady Marmalade,” 2008′s “So What” and 2010′s “Raise Your Glass.” JT is also on the chart with two singles (“Mirrors” at number 7 and “Suit & Tie” at number 8).

Calvin Harris may not be the crowned king of pop, but he’s just surpassed Michael Jackson’s record of having the most top 10 singles from the same album to hit their UK Singles’ chart. The Scottish DJ and mixer made history when the seventh single (“I Need Your Love” featuring Ellie Goulding) from his album, 18 Months, journeyed to number seven this week. This allowed Harris to beat the record Jackson set with his 1987 album Bad and again in 1991 with Dangerous, which both albums racking up seven top 10 hits.

He still has to sell the amount of albums MJ did. 18 Months has only sold up to 543,000 copies in the UK since the album was released in October 2012.

It’s been a fight to the finish for Fall Out Boy‘s new record Save Rock and Roll and Kid Cudi, who also debuted his new album Indicud this week. The rock band won the race this week, selling up to 154,000 copies in its first week. Kid Cudi bowed at number 2 (136,000 sold).

Paramore‘s self-titled new album, which debuted last week at number 1, drops to number 12, selling only 27,000 copies this week with a 74% drop on their hands.  It’s the second No. 1-debuting album to fall out of the top 10 on its second week this year.

Before Paramore, Christian singer-songwriter Chris Tomlin‘s Burning Lights fell 1-22 on the Feb. 2-dated chart. Holding up the other posts at the Billboard 200 at number 3 is JT’s 20/20 Experience (76,000), with Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story holding on to number 4 (42,000). The Yeah Yeah Yeahs pulls off their first Top 10 record with Mosquito, bowing at number 5 (38,000). The Band Perry, Brad Paisley, Lil Wayne and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis round up the rest of the chart’s top 10.


week of May 4, 2013
(Billboard/Nielsen SoundScan) 

Billboard Hot 100

1. Pink – “Just Give Me a Reason (ft. Nate Ruess)”
2. Macklemore & Lewis – “Can’t Hold Us (Ft. Ray Dalton)”
3. Macklemore & Lewis – “Thrift Shop”
4. Bruno Mars  – “When I Was Your Man”
5. Psy – “Gentleman”
6. Rihanna – “Stay (Ft. Mikky Ekko)”
7. Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”
8. Justin Timberlake – “Suit & Tie (Ft. Jay-Z)”
9. Pitbull – “Feel this Moment (Ft. Christina Aguilera)”
10. Drake – “Started from the Bottom”

Billboard 200

1. Fall Out Boy – Save Rock & Roll
2. Kid Cudi – Indicud
3. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
4. Blake Shelton – Based On a True Story
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito
6. The Band Perry – Pioneer
7. Brad Paisley – Wheelhouse
8. Lil Wayne – I Am Not a Human Being II
9. Macklemore & Lewis – The Heist
10. Pink – The Truth About Love

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J Matthew Cobb

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