She’s not just a Nickelodeon star anymore: Ariana Grande makes a big arrival on this week’s chart with her debut album Yours Truly,” which lands at No. 1 this week. Elsewhere, Lorde makes a big move on the Digital Songs chart, moving up to the runner-up position with “Royals.” #SoundScanner is on the scene…
GRANDE MAKES GRAND DEBUT: Ariana Grande makes good on all the “next Mariah Carey” talk surrounding her but debuting at No. 1 on this week’s Top Current Albums chart. The 20-year-old’s Yours Truly sold 138,000 copies its first week in stores, stronger than initial sales projections had expected. Grande’s promotional push for the album, which included a tour and appearances on MTV’s Video Music Awards, NBC’s Today show and more, has left the singer and actress with a hemorrhaged vocal cord, putting her on temporary vocal rest. But we’re guessing her big debut makes her recovery a little easier. (SEE ALSO: Ariana Grande, Drake, And More Musicians With Nickelodeon Roots)
BRAXTON, NIN ALSO ARRIVE: Grande leads a week that sees four other debuts in the Top 10. Tamar Braxton’s Love and War, the singer’s first album in 13 years, lands at No. 2 with 114,000 first week sales. Nine Inch Nails’ latest, Hesitation Marks, debuts at No. 3 with 107,000 sales; the last NIN album with a traditional physical release, 2007’s Year Zero, started off at No. 2 with 187,000 sales. (The band’s Ghosts I-IV and The Slip were first offered via the web, skewing their chart arrivals.) John Legend’s Love in the Future (not to be confused with FutureSex/LoveSounds) comes in at No. 4 with 68,000 sales, and Jaheim’s Appreciation Day was appreciated by 58,000 buyers, good enough for a No. 6 debut.
’PITCH’ PERFECT SALES: Just two weeks shy of its one year anniversary on the chart, the Pitch Perfect soundtrack continues to sell well. It’s at No. 34 this week, up six spots (and 40 percent in sales) from last week, bringing its total sales to 896,000 copies. The soundtrack was successful upon the film’s initial release, but grew with its DVD release and has continued to sell through its repeated airings on HBO. And Anna Kendrick’s “Cups,” in addition to its 55 million YouTube views, is still in the Top 20 on the Digital Songs chart, and has sold a remarkable 2.3 million downloads to date.
LORDE ACHIEVES ROYAL SALES: Thirteen weeks after arriving on the chart, You Oughta Know artist Lorde’s “Royals” enjoys its biggest sales frame yet, selling 225,000 downloads and jumping to No. 2 on the Digital Songs chart. That figure is up 34 percent from last week, and brings the single’s total sales to 991,000 copies. As the 16-year-old Kiwi’s status-skewering anthem continues to grow, it has No. 1 in its sights, but still has a ways to go before catching up with Katy Perry’s “Roar.” The first single from Perry’s upcoming Prism sold 373,000 downloads this week, down 17 percent from last week, but still considerably ahead of young Lorde.
BIG SEAN, JUICY J FALL: After debuting last week at Nos. 3 and 4, Big Sean’s Hall of Fame and Juicy J’s Stay Trippy fall to Nos. 24 and 15, respectively. Sean’s album fell 75 percent from last week, selling 18,000 copies its second frame, while Juicy J’s album was cut by 66 percent, and sold 22,000 copies its second week in stores. Between the two sets, Sean still has a 3,000 sales lead – 89,000 to J’s 86,000 – but it will be interesting to see how sales of the two albums pan out in the weeks to come.