C’mon ride the train, hey ride it!
Oops, wrong train.
Loaded like a freight train, riding like an aeroplane… Sorry, wrong train again!
OK, country star Jason Aldean pulls his “Night Train” into the Billboard Top 200 station at No. 1 this week, selling a robust 409,000 copies of his fifth album, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That marks Aldean’s first No. 1, and also gives him the second biggest sales week of the year, behind Mumford & Sons’ “Babel.” Well, it will be the year’s third biggest debut once Taylor Swift arrives on next week’s chart, but let’s not rain on Aldean’s parade just yet. The No. 1 is clearly a career high for the 35-year-old singer, who is making Macon, Georgia proud this week.
After three weeks at the top of the chart, Mumford & Sons slide down a spot to No. 2, adding 74,000 sales to their totals. “Babel” has sold 938,000 copies to date, and the 1 million sales figure is still well within reach for next week. R&B singer Brandy returns to the chart with a No. 3 bow for her latest, “Two Eleven,” while “American Idol” champ Scotty McCreery (with his Christmas set, “Christmas with Scotty McCreery”) and Jamey Johnson (with his Hank Cochran tribute set) round out a particularly country male-heavy Top 5.
The Top 10′s other new arrival comes from cartoon metal band Deathklok, whose “Metalocalypse: Dethalbum III” debuts at No. 10. Has anyone found Dr. Rockso for comment?
Next week, Compton apper Kendrick Lamar and country stars Lady Antebellum look to make a dent in the chart. Anything else? Oh yeah, some singer named Taylor Swift might sell a few albums, we’ll see.
Billboard’s Top 10 albums (sales in parentheses, figures according to Nielsen SoundScan)
1. Jason Aldean, Night Train (409,000)
2. Mumford & Sons, Babel (74,000)
3. Brandy, Two Eleven (65,000)
4. Scotty McCreery, Christmas With Scotty McCreery (41,000)
5. Jamey Johnson, Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran (32,000)
6. Pink, The Truth About Love (31,000)
7. Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream (22,000)
8. Little Big Town, Tornado (22,000)
9. Adele, 21 (21,000)
10. Deathklok, Metalocalypse: Dethalbum III (20,000)