Every week we break down Billboard’s Top 10 albums, but here’s a look at what’s happening beyond the Top 10 on this week’s chart.
Rodriguez gets a boost: It only took 42 years, but Detroit musician Rodriguez sees his 1970 album “Cold Fact” finally hit the Billboard charts this week, debuting at No. 113. Certainly the boost from last week’s “60 Minutes” profile helped, and it’s interesting that buyers flocked to the original album rather than the soundtrack to the recent documentary film “Searching for Sugar Man,” which acts as a sort of Greatest Hits project for Rodriguez. Rodriguez, now 70, is currently touring North America; he plays a sold-out homecoming show at Pontiac’s Crofoot Ballroom Nov. 2.
Sorry, Carly: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Kiss” dips to No. 40 on this week’s chart, down 20 spots from last week after posting a No. 6 debut three weeks ago. Following up the insane success of “Call Me Maybe” — nine weeks at No. 1, more than 9 million worldwide sales, nearly 300 million YouTube views — was never going to be easy, but releasing the album months after the song peaked set Jepsen up for one-hit wonder status (we don’t count the Owl City song. No one should count the Owl City song). “Kiss” needs a lineline, fast.
It ain’t Christmas season, yet: Blake Shelton’s “Cheers, It’s Christmas” arrives at No. 52 on this week’s chart. It’s simply too early in the season to hear Shelton sing “White Christmas” (or, ahem, “Santa’s Got a Choo Choo Train”) but this album will likely have legs in the weeks and months to come. Other notable debuts on this week’s chart: Matt & Kim’s “Lightning” at No. 50, Tori Amos’ “Gold Dust” (that Gold Dust?) at No. 64 and Beth Orton’s “Sugaring Season” at No. 90.
Still waiting for ‘Detox’: Dr. Dre’s third solo effort might never come out — remember when Eminem said “don’t worry about that ‘Detox’ album, it’s comin’. We gon’ make Dre do it!” Well, that was back in 2004 — but Dre’s “2001″ reappears on this week’s chart at No. 133. A few fun facts about “2001″: It was actually released in 1999, as if Dre knew he’d buy himself two years with that title and everyone would forget it came out in 1999. (It fooled Game.) Also, that means it came out back when Bill Clinton was president, meaning there have been three Presidential election cycles since Dre released an album. And the way things are going, it looks like there might be a fourth, too. C’mon Dre, we need a doctor!
Everybody loves Anna Kendrick: The soundtrack to “Pitch Perfect” jumps up from No. 43 to No. 16 on this week’s chart, making it the week’s Greatest Gainer. (Yes, Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” song is on it.) The movie has likely peaked at the box office so a Top 10 appearance seems unlikely, but we’re fans of all things “Pitch Perfect,” so congrats.
Legends of the fall: Don’t get too excited, it’s the wrong kind of fall: Deadmau5‘ “<album title goes here>” drops from No. 6 to No. 28 its second week on the chart, landing a spot above the Killers‘ “Battle Born,” which sinks from No. 10 to No. 29 (ouch) in its third sales frame. Oof.
Just outside the Top 10: Green Day, G.O.O.D. Music and No Doubt all fell out of the Top 10 this week, but you don’t have to look far to find them: They’re at Nos. 11, 12 and 13 on this week’s chart.