Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Janet Jackson Still in Top Ten Despite Precipitous Sales Drop

Janet Jackson's Unbreakable remains in the top ten for a second week, dropping from 1 to 8.

Her seventh number 1 album may still be riding near the top of the charts but that doesn't mean the news is good. Unbreakable saw its sales drop, depending on the source, 70% to 137% in the second week. Last week, Janet had over 100,000 in sales but this week she's only at around 19,000, and the drop is bigger when you take into account album equivalent sales and streaming.

The highest debut of the week by a veteran artist goes to Toby Keith whose 35 MPH Town starts at number 14. It's his first studio album to not debut in the pop top ten in sixteen years after twelve consecutive top tens.

W.A.S.P. has the only other veteran album to debut as Golgotha starts at 93.  It's their their first album to hit the Billboard Top 200 since 1989's The Headless Children, having released ten albums in the time between the two charting sets.

The top five albums this week in the U.S.:

  1. Revival - Selena Gomez
  2. The Documentary 2 - The Game
  3. Beauty Behind the Madness - The Weeknd
  4. Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap
  5. What a Time to Be Alive - Drake & Future
The top singles:
  1. The Hills - The Weeknd
  2. Hotline Bling - Drake
  3. What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber
  4. 679 - Fetty Wap Featuring Remy Boyz
  5. Stitches - Shawn Mendes
Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
  • Albums
    • R&B Albums - Janet - Janet Jackson
    • Jazz Albums - The Silver Lining: The Music of Jerome Kern - Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap
    • Catalog Albums - Greatest Hits - Fleetwood Mac
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Smooth Jazz Songs - Because of You - Gerald Albright
    • Holiday Digital Songs - All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
    • Gospel Songs - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin
    • Gospel Digital Songs - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin
    • Latin Digital Songs - El Perdon - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
    • Latin Streaming Songs - El Perdon - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias


Adriano Bulla said...

May I ask? How can a 137% drop occur? The Maths does not allow it.
Super established artists always see a big drop in week 2 (almost always) anyway; everybody knows when their album is out, the fans are affectionate and buy it straight away.
Anyway, albums are, for established artists, mainly an excuse to tour, as all the money is now in tours.