After all that twerking, sledgehammer licking and naked wrecking ball riding, Miley Cyrus‘ Bangerz finally arrived in stores and made its presence felt. But could it touch Cyrus’ previous efforts? We’re looking at that and plenty of other new debuts in this week’s #SoundScanner.
MILEY CYRUS ‘BANGZ’ THE CHARTS: After two months of getting America’s collective panties in a bunch, Miley Cyrus debuts at No. 1 on SoundScan’s Top Current Albums chart with her new album, Bangerz. The set sold 270,000 copies its first week, or about one album for every news report that blamed her for signaling the end of life as we know it. Including soundtrack work and albums under the Hannah Montana banner, it marks Cyrus’ fifth No. 1 album. But it’s far from her biggest sales week: In 2008, her album Breakout sold 371,000 copies its first week, while 2007’s Hannah Montana 2/ Meet Miley Cyrus split album began with 326,000 and 2006’s Hannah Montana soundtrack opened with 281,000. Bangerz did kick off better than 2010’s Can’t Be Tamed, though, which started at No. 3 with 107,000.
DEBUTS RULE TOP 20: Cyrus’ Bangerz rules in a week that sees 13 debuts crash the Top 20. Panic! At the Disco lands at No. 2 with their latest Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! (84,000), which is followed by Pusha T‘s My Name is My Name (No. 4, 75,000), the Glee tribute to Cory Monteith (No. 7, 47,000), Korn‘s Paradigm Shift (No. 8, 46,000), The Voice’s third season winner Cassadee Pope‘s Frame by Frame (No. 9, 43,000), Mayday Parade‘s Monsters in the Closet (No. 10, 30,000), Alter Bridge‘s Fortress (No. 12, 30,000), Prince Royce‘s Soy El Mismo (No. 14, 19,000), Cage the Elephant‘s Melophobia (No. 15, 19,000), Amos Lee‘s Mountains of Sorrow (No. 16, 18,000), Joe Nichols‘ Crickets (No. 17, 15,000) and Danny Brown‘s Old (No. 18, 15,000).