Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky debuts at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart with “Long.Live.A$AP,” which sold 139,000 copies its first week in stores, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rocky’s much-hyped debut held off the week’s other major new release, the 23rd “Kidz Bop” compilation, which sold 78,000 copies (but did not feature any covers of A$AP Rocky songs) and which debuts at No. 2.
The “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack lands at No. 3 — why wasn’t anyone into this movie or its soundtrack when the film was in theaters? Do you people wait until Redbox to watch everything? — while Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars round out the top 5.
Meanwhile, last week’s suprise No. 1, Chris Tomlin’s “Burning Lights,” is all burned out and falls to No. 22 on this week’s chart.
Rocky’s album was the month’s most high profile release, and next week’s chart will likely suffer as the biggest new releases come from Gary Allan, the 2013 Grammy compilation and the 2-CD set commemorating the 12-12-12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief.
Billboard’s Top 10 albums (sales in parentheses, figures according to Nielsen SoundScan)
1. A$AP Rocky, Long.Live.A$AP (139,000)
2. Kidz Bop Kids, Kidz Bop 23 (78,000)
3. Various artists, Pitch Perfect Soundtrack (45,000)
4. Taylor Swift, Red (41,000)
5. Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox (39,000)
6. Various artists, Les Miserables Soundtrack (39,000)
7. The Lumineers, The Lumineers (38,000)
8. Phillip Phillips, The World From the Side of the Moon (25,000)
9. Mumford & Sons, Babel (25,000)
10. One Direction, Take Me Home (23,000)