Break out the Hamm & Buble! Michael Bublé hits No. 1 on this week’s sales chart, while Macklemore and Ryan Lewis bring the ceiling down on P!nk and Nate Ruess. Here’s our look at this week’s Nielsen SoundScan sales charts:
BUBLÉ TAKES NO. 1: Everyone’s favorite Canadian crooner Michael Bublé debuts at No. 1 on this week’s chart with his latest studio set, To Be Loved. The album, in which The Bubes smoothly sings 10 standards and four originals, sold 195,000 copies its first week in stores, meaning a lot of moms picked up the album when they were at Target over the weekend. It’s Bublé’s fourth No. 1 album. The occasional subway busker’s last non-holiday studio set, 2009’s Crazy Love, also started at No. 1, though that album’s opening tally of 132,000 came in an abbreviated sales week. Bublé’s 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible opened at No. 2 with 212,000 first-week sales and moved up to No. 1 in its second week. It’s Time, Bublé’s 2005 set, started out at No. 7 with 93,000 sales.
#POWER FAILURE: The good news for will.i.am: His hashtaggy new album #willpower marks his highest debut yet as a solo artist. The bad news: The Black Eyed Peas frontman debuts lower than an ex-American Idol winner (Fantasia, whose Side Effects of You arrives at No. 2 with 93,000 copies sold), a band of well-dressed Frenchies (Phoenix, whose Bankrupt! starts off at No. 4 with 50,000 sales) and a nightmarish horror rocker (Rob Zombie, whose disgustingly titled Venomous Rat Regeneration Vender lands at No. 7 with 34,000 units sold). #willpower lands at No. 9 with 29,000 first-week sales, better than the No. 38 debut of 2007’s Songs About Girls, but even with guests like Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus in tow, will.i.am can’t reach the same chart success he’s able to capture alongside his fellow Peas.
CAN’T HOLD THEM: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis earn their second No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with “Can’t Hold Us,” which climbs one spot to the chart’s pole position. “Can’t Hold Us” rose 6 percent from last week, selling 259,000 copies, scooting past P!nk and Nate Reuss’ “Just Give Me a Reason,” which slid 4 percent to 253,000 digital receipts and falls to No. 2. “Can’t Hold Us,” which studies show appears in 97 percent of all television commercials, has sold 1.5 million copies to date. A little bit further down the chart is Macklemore and Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” which sits at No. 8 this week, and is just 48,000 copies shy of crossing the 6-million sales mark, a milestone it will pass sometime this week.
GENTLEMEN FINISH LAST: Pistachio pitchman Psy is struggling to follow up the success to “Gangnam Style”: In its third week on the chart his new single “Gentleman” suffers a 50 percent sales dip, the sharpest decline of any song in the Top 100. While the “Gentleman” video has racked up a colossal 264 million views in three weeks, the song falls to No. 53 on this week’s Digital Songs chart, with 36,000 scans. It has sold 135,000 copies to date. “Gangnam Style,” meanwhile, moved a massive 4.5 million copies and continues to sell well. The song is No. 97 on this week’s chart, selling 21,000 copies this week.
MAKING A “NIGHT MOVE”: Bob Seger’s Ultimate Hits set has been quietly climbing the charts over the last few weeks, and the Michigan rocker’s two-disc set lands at No. 49 on this week’s chart, after selling 7,500 copies this week. That’s up from No. 63 last week, and No. 94 two weeks ago. The 2011 set – which follows Seger’s separate Greatest Hits (1994) and Greatest Hits 2 (2003) collections – has sold 451,000 copies to date, and has been slowly chugging along as Seger has made the rounds on his spring tour. Nothing is official, but Seger is working on hoping to finish up a new album – his first since 2006’s Face the Promise – later this year.