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.
Kelly’s best: Kelly Clarkson’s “Greatest Hits – Chapter 1″ set failed to crack the Top 10 on this week’s chart but lands at No. 11. That’s not bad for a repackaged set, but the original “American Idol’s” real success story has been 2011′s “Stronger,” her fifth studio set, which is at No. 51 this week. “Stronger” has sold 978,000 copies to date, and has the 1-million sales marker in its crosshairs. Clarkson’s albums, like her career, have proven to have long legs. She may not get there first, but she gets there eventually.
Carried away: Right below Clarkson’s greatest on this week’s chart is Carrie Underwood’s 30-week-old “Blown Away,” which crosses the platinum milestone this week. Underwood, “Idol’s” fourth season winner, continues to show resiliency in the marketplace, and she’s still “Idol’s” best seller. As she proved this week at the Palace of Auburn Hills, she’s not bad in concert, either.
Aguilera’s ‘Lotus’ not in bloom: Christina Aguilera’s “Lotus” falls from No. 7 to No. 16 on this week’s chart on sales of 53,000 copies. That gives her a two week total of 125,000, which isn’t bad, but is far from the blockbuster numbers she used to rack up; even 2010′s much-maligned “Bionic” had a better two-week start, with 146,000 sales. “The Voice” has done plenty for Aguilera’s profile, but it hasn’t done anything for her sales.
TV star round-up: Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Christina Aguilera all have something in common: They have appeared on televised singing contests either as judges or contestants (both, in the case of Clarkson and Aguilera). As for other stars affiliated with the big shows, “Idol” winner Phillip Phillips debuts at No. 4 this week with his debut set; last year’s “Idol” winner Scotty McCreery is at No. 20 this week with his Christmas set (50,000 sales this week, 168,000 total); and “The Voice” judges Blake Shelton (No. 17 with his Christmas set, which has sold 150,000 copies to date, and No. 34 with 2011′s “Red River Blue,” which has sold 828,000 copies), Adam Levine (Maroon 5′s “Overexposed” is No. 19 this week and has sold 811,000 copies thus far) and Cee Lo Green (No. 93 with his Christmas set, which has sold 26,000 copies so far) all figure into the Top 100. Then there’s Nicki Minaj…
Nicki’s “Re-Up” stiff: Future “American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj proved she had a reason to be on the offensive about the first-week sales of her exhaustively titled re-release of her second album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up.” The set, which included eight new songs, came in at No. 26 on this week’s chart. The set sold 36,000 copies and brought “Roman Reloaded’s” cume to 727,000 copies (and jumped the album from last week’s No. 95 position), but it was an afterthought in the Black Friday sales race.
Last week’s stars sink: Last week, the “Breaking Dawn” soundtrack, the Weeknd, Soundgarden, Green Day and Lana Del Rey all debuted in the Top 10. This week they sink like stones: “Breaking Dawn” breaks down from No. 3 to No. 23, The Weeknd drops from No. 4 to No. 32, Soundgarden topples from No. 5 to No. 49, Green Day plummets from No. 9 to No. 67 and Lana bottoms out from No. 10 to No. 68. There’s no silver lining for Green Day, whose “Uno” — released in September — sits at No. 131 this week. “Tre” comes out Dec. 7; the band’s camp has to simultaneously be glad its over and thinking “what were we thinking?” with regards to releasing three albums in such a small timeframe.
Adele goes Diamond: Special shout out to Adele’s “21,” which in its 92nd week on the chart sold 28,000 copies and crossed the 10,000,000 sales marker. That’s a lot of raindrops she’s lit on fire. Appropriately, hers is the 21st album to cross the diamond mark in the SoundScan era. Now all she has is the burden of following that album up. No pressure or anything.