From F.A.M.E. to Fortune, Chris Brown lands his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 charts with Fortune. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Fortune has already sold 134,000 copies. Popular songs like lead single “Turn Up the Music,” which reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “Till I Die” encompassed the diversity of dance, pop, R&B and hip-hop that Breezy’s fans expect. Two No. 1 albums in two years is a success worth celebrating, especially considering both his past missteps and current drama with Drake, but could there be a decreased interest in the pop star? Comparatively 2011’s F.A.M.E. dropped atop the list with 270,000 units sold, which is more than double the sales of Fortune.
F.A.M.E.‘s success could potentially be linked to the fact that it was the follow-up to the unsuccessful Graffiti that didn’t go gold, which was his first album since the infamous 2008 incident with ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Perhaps the curiosity behind what he’d say about love lost in his music has since dwindled. It’s still early for Fortune, and the first week sales don’t necessarily indicate how well the album will continue to do. Chris Brown and Usher (whose Looking 4 Myself peaked at No. 1 with sales of 128,000) are taking R&B back to the top. For now it seems Brown’s troubles are behind him, leaving the music to speak for itself.
Chris Brown’s ‘Fortune’ Album Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 [Billboard.com]
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