Madonna — she’s pretty popular, you may have heard of her — lands her eighth No. 1 album with “MDNA,” which sold a very healthy 359,000 copies its first week in stores, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s up from 28 percent from her last album, 2008′s “Hard Candy,” which sold 280,000 copies its first week. Credit the Material Girl’s performance at the Super Bowl halftime show, which was sort of a big deal, as well as a program were ticket buyers for Madonna’s upcoming world tour were offered the option of purchasing the album along with her concert tickets. Either way, it looks like this Madonna might be going places, you should definitely watch out for her!
Fresh off his recent performance at SXSW, that up-and-comer Lionel Ritchie debuts at No. 2 with his latest, “Tuskegee,” a set of country versions of his hit singles. The album sold 199,000 copies, which marks Ritchie’s best sales week since SoundScan began tracking album sales back when Nicole Ritchie was only 10 years old.
All the action at the top of the charts pushes Adele all the way down to No. 3, her lowest chart position this year and the first time she’s been out of the top 2 since the chart dated Dec. 24. The sales challenged “21″ sold only 121,000 copies this week, which is a little bit sad, so many Adele should go sing some ballads or something to try to make herself feel better. Sheesh.
Rock dudes Shinedown debut at No. 4 with their latest set, “We are Rock Dudes” (just kidding, the album is called “Amaryllis”), while last week’s No. 1, the soundtrack to “The Hunger Games,” slides down to No. 5. I guess people just don’t like listening to the sounds of teenagers being slaughtered as much as they did last week.
Billboard’s Top 10 albums (sales in parentheses, figures according to Nielsen SoundScan)
1.Madonna, MDNA (359,000)
2. Lionel Ritchie, Tuskegee (199,000)
3. Adele, 21 (121,000)
4. Shinedown, Amaryllis (104,000)
5. Soundtrack, The Hunger Games (64,000)
6. One Direction, Up All Night (46,000)
7. Katy Perry, Teenage Dream (33,000)
8. The Used, Vulnerable (32,000)
9. Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball (28,000)
10. Various artists, Now 41 (25,000)