Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Barbra slips to number three ...but

There was a tight race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as three albums were vying for the pole position. Cheek To Cheek edges out Kenny Chesney's also-arriving The Big Revival at No. 2 (130,000). Last week's No. 1, Barbra Streisand's own duets album, Partners, slips to No. 3 with 127,000 (down just 35 percent).
For Chesney, The Big Revival is his 12th top 10 effort and follows 2013's No. 1 debut Life On a Rock (153,000 sold in its first week). On the Top Country Albums chart, The Big Revival comes in at No. 1 -- Chesney's lucky 13th leader.
As for Streisand, her second-week decline is the lowest for a No. 1 debuting album since the week ending Feb. 16, when the Now 49 compilation slid by only 21 percent. Remarkably, Streisand has the smallest second-week drop for an album by an artist in almost four years. The last artist album to hold up better in its second week -- after a No. 1 debut -- was Susan Boyle's Christmas release The Gift, in the week ending Nov. 21, 2010. It actually rose by 5 percent in sales in its sophomore frame, likely owed to the set's seasonal appeal.
The top three albums each sell more than 125,000 -- the first time three titles have sold at least 125,000 in the same week since the frame ending Dec. 22, 2013.