Hey hey hey! Give it up for Robin Thicke, who lands his first No. 1 album this week, and who wears a dual crown as “Blurred Lines” also returns to the top of Nielsen SoundScan’s Digital Songs chart. Here’s our weekly look at the sales charts:
ROBIN THICKE HAS A BIG … DEBUT: A decade spent in the trenches of pop and R&B finally paid off for Robin Thicke, who nabs his first No. 1 album this week with Blurred Lines. The set kicks off with 177,000 sales, a career-best sales week for Thicke, whose previous chart high came with the No. 3 debut of 2008’s Something Else. Blurred Lines blows away the first week sales of his last album, 2011’s Love After War, which started at No. 22 with 41,000 copies sold. The album’s triumph isn’t the only good news for Thicke this week, as the single Blurred Lines returns to No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart, adding another 405,000 sales to its tally, up 30 percent from last week and bringing its total to date to a whopping 4.27 million copies. Maybe Thicke really should change his name to Blurred Lines, as the singer joked during an appearance on Howard Stern last week. (SEE ALSO: Robin Thicke Breaks Down Blurred Lines Track-By-Track)
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, MORE START HIGH: Thicke’s chart triumph blurs the lines for L.A. rock band Five Finger Death Punch, who land at a career best No. 2 with their fourth album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1 (Vol. 2 is due out later this year, aren’t we all lucky). The set sold a very respectable 113,000 copies its first week. Juggalo-approved Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne drops in at No. 4 with his latest, Something Else, which shares a title with a previous Robin Thicke album and sold 58,000 copies its first frame. The latest from the Backstreet Boys (No. 5, 48,000) and the debut album from X Factor bros Emblem 3 (No. 7, 46,000) round out the week’s top debuts.
GOMEZ SLIPS: Last week’s No. 1 album, Selena Gomez‘ Stars Dance, falls to No. 8 this week. The album sold 31,000 copies its second week, down 68 percent from last week’s debut, bringing its two-week total to 128,000. Gomez’ last album, 2011’s When the Sun Goes Down, slid 43 percent in its second week, where it rose one spot on the chart from No. 4 to No. 3 with 44,000 sales. But Stars is still pacing ahead of Sun, which sold 122,000 copies its first two weeks on the charts.