That wrecking ball Miley Cyrus is riding managed to smash the SoundScan charts as well, as good ol’ Miley (she’s just being Miley, y’all!) makes a huge dent on this week’s Digital Songs chart. Elsewhere, Keith Urban and The Weeknd found themselves in a fistfight over the top spot on this week’s albums chart. As always, #SoundScanner is here to, erm, break it down:
MILEY WRECKS THE CHARTS: Sex sells – and so does construction site nudity and sledgehammer licking, apparently. Thanks to that video you know the one Miley Cyrus rides a giant wrecking ball to the top of SoundScan’s Digital Songs chart this week, as her second Bangerz single “Wrecking Ball” jumps from No. 10 to No. 1 on a massive 312 percent sales spike. “Wrecking Ball” – the video for which was viewed more than 100 million times since debuting last week – sold a smashing 477,000 downloads this week, the second best sales week of the year, following Katy Perry’s “Roar” debut, which launched with 557,000 sales last month. In its four weeks on the chart, “Wrecking Ball” has sold 883,000 downloads, and will cross the 1 million sales marker this week.
KEITH URBAN, THE WEEKEND DUKE IT OUT: It wasn’t quite a photo finish, but Keith Urban’s Fuse and The Weeknd’s Kiss Land were pretty much neck and neck on this week’s Top Current Albums chart. Urban edged out the Weeknd by just 2,500 sales, with Fuse lighting up 98,000 cash registers and Kiss Land landing more than 95,000 smooches from buyers. The tally is a downturn for Urban; the American Idol judge’s last album, 2010’s Get Closer, launched with 162,000 sales. Meanwhile The Weeknd’s Trilogy, which complied the Toronto R&B act’s first three mixtapes, debuted with 86,000 sales last year.
2 CHAINZ, JANELLE MONAE, MORE CRASH CHARTS: Urban and The Weeknd lead a week where half of the Top 20 albums are debuts. Also hitting the chart: 2 Chainz’ B.O.A.T.S. II: #MeTime (No. 3, 64,000 – less than half of the 147,000 opening of last year’s Based on a T.R.U. Story); Janelle Monae’s The Electric Lady (No. 5, 47,000 – up sharply from 2010’s The ArchAndroid, which sold 21,000 copies its first week); Arctic Monkeys’ AM (No. 6, 42,000 – double the opening sales of 2011’s Suck it and See); Sheryl Crow’s Feels Like Home (No. 7, 36,000 – down from the 55,000 first-week sales of 2010’s 100 Miles from Memphis); Earth, Wind & Fire’s Now, Then & Forever (No. 11, 27,000); Kaskade’s Atmosphere (No. 16, 19,000); Rise Against’s Long Forgotten Songs (No. 19, 17,000); and Gloria Estefan’s Standards (No. 20, 16,000).
ARIANA GRANDE STUMBLES: After debuting at No. 1 last week, Ariana Grande’s Yours Truly falls sharply, tumbling to No. 9 on a 77 percent sales decline. The album has sold 169,000 copies in two weeks. Tamar Braxton’s Love & War started off one spot behind Grande but this week is one spot ahead of her; the album had a better hold than Yours Truly, slipping 70 percent and sliding to No. 8. Love & War has sold 149,000 copies its first two sales frames. And Nine Inch Nails’ Hesitation Marks, which debuted at No. 3 last week, falls to No. 12 on a 79 percent sales erosion, the harshest decline of any album in the top 200. The set has sold 131,000 copies to date.
MADONNA BARELY MAKES A DENT: Madonna’s MDNA tour was a certified blockbuster, earning more than $305 million and playing to more than 2.2 million fans around the globe. It was the 10th highest grossing tour in history, according to Billboard Boxscore. But when it comes to the tour’s keepsake, sales weren’t as stunning: the 2-disc MDNA World Tour arrives at an uncharacteristically low No. 89 with 4,000 first week sales. (Madonna’s last live set, 2010’s Sticky & Sweet Tour, fared much better, bowing at No. 10 with 28,000 sales.) Maybe Madonna she should have promoted it by riding a wrecking ball naked. It’s not too late…