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).
LORDE STILL RULING OVER THE SINGLES CHART: Lorde’s “Royals” still rules the Digital Songs chart, selling another 294,000 downloads, bringing its total to 2.46 million. (On the albums chart, the 16-year-old’s Pure Heroine falls from No. 3 to 6 on a 51 percent sales decline.) Katy Perry’s “Roar” holds at No. 2, but Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” jumps up a spot to No. 3, spoiling the Lorde-Perry-Miley party that’s been going on for several weeks in the top 3. (Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” drops one spot to No. 4.) Meanwhile, Justin Bieber’s “Heartbreaker,” the first offering in his 10-week “Music Mondays” series, jumps up 17 spots to No. 5, selling 127,000 copies. And in its fourth week on the chart, Ylvis’ “The Fox” enters the Top 10 at No. 8 on a 25 percent sales boost from the week prior. The single has sold 327,000 copies to date, while its video has racked up some 129 million YouTube views.
TIMBERLAKE FALLS: More like “Timberrrrrr!”lake. Last week’s No. 1, Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 falls to No. 5 on an 80 percent sales decline, a steep erosion that matches Kanye West’s Yeezus fall back in June. By comparison, Timberlake’s first 20/20 Experience fell only 67 percent its second week in March. 20/20 part 2 sold 70,000 copies this week, bringing its two week sales total to 420,000; after two weeks, the first 20/20 had sold 1.3 million copies.
PERRY’S “AIR” WALK TRIPS: While Katy Perry’s “Roar” is still hanging around the top of the charts – the self-esteem boosting single has sold 3.06 million copies in nine weeks – Perry’s other Prism offerings haven’t fared as well. This week, “Walking on Air” drops from No. 8 to No. 57 on a sharp 77 percent sales fall, bringing its two week total to 144,000 downloads. Perry’s Juicy J-featuring “Dark Horse” has done better, but this week falls 10 spots to No. 20, for 460,000 total downloads in four weeks. Does Perry have another “Roar” up her sleeve on Prism? We’ll find out when the album hits stores next week.