Cruel Summer, indeed: Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music compilation lands at No. 2 on this week’s Billboard Top 200 albums chart as Pink storms her way to her first No. 1 album with her latest, “The Truth About Love.”
Pink’s set, her sixth, sold a whopping 280,000 copies its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking her best-ever sales frame and the third best debut of the year, following Justin Bieber’s “Believe” (374,000) and Madonna’s “MDNA” (359,000). (Watch your back, Biebs and Madge, Taylor Swift’s “Red” is coming.) Pink’s previous best sales week was marked by ”M!ssundaztood” in 2001, which kicked off with 220,000 first-week sales, enough for a No. 6 launch. Oh for the days when 220,000 sales netted you the No. 6 spot on the charts.
“Cruel Summer,” the posse album from Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music family, settles for a No. 2 bow with a solid 205,000 first-week sales. “Cruel Summer” didn’t perform nearly as well as Kanye’s last studio set, 2010′s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” which kicked off with 496,000 sales, or last year’s “Watch the Throne,” his album with Jay-Z, which started with 436,000. (We blame Cyhi the Prynce.) But Detroiter Big Sean, who is part of Kanye’s clique, can celebrate his best Billboard showing to-date, since “Cruel Summer” notches one spot higher than his debut album “Finally Famous,” which launched at No. 3 last year.
The Killers settle for a No. 3 debut with their latest, “Battle Born,” which sold 113,000 copies its first week. Meanwhile Carly Rae Jepsen’s debut album “Kiss” jumps off at No. 6 with 46,000 first-week sales, a figure you’d have to think would be higher had the album been released when “Call Me Maybe” — which has sold an astounding 5.7 million copies and topped Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for nine weeks this summer — was fresh in listeners’ heads. Grizzly Bear (No. 7) and Ben Folds Five (No. 10) also manage Top 10 debuts, while last week’s No. 1, Dave Matthews Band’s “Away from the World,” drops to No. 4.
The hit parade continues on next week’s chart as new albums from Mumford & Sons, Lupe Fiasco and Deadmau5 do chart battle with ’90s stalwarts Green Day and No Doubt. Muse may also debut deep in the chart, as the group’s latest album “The 2nd Law” gets an early vinyl release in order to be eligible for this year’s Grammy Awards, the cutoff date for which is Sept. 30. “The 2nd Law” gets a full release Oct. 2.
Billboard’s Top 10 albums (sales in parentheses, figures according to Nielsen SoundScan)
1. Pink, The Truth About Love (280,000)
2. Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D. Music, Cruel Summer (205,000)
3. The Killers, Battle Born (113,000)
4. Dave Matthews Band, Away From the World (62,000)
5. Little Big Town, Tornado (50,000)
6. Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss (46,000)
7. Grizzly Bear, Shields (39,000)
8. Bob Dylan, Tempest (35,000)
9. Avett Brothers, The Carpenter (30,000)
10. Ben Folds Five, The Sound of the Life of the Mind (30,000)