Sort of an exciting week over on the Billboard charts, kids!
After 2 flop singles, minimal promotion, and a 3 week pre-release leak, Beyonce's 4 tops the Billboard 200 chart with impressive sales of about 315,000. While this may not seem like a triumph compared to I Am...Sasha Fierce's debut of 481,000. However, not only was that during the holiday season, but it was coming off of the success of her international smash Single Ladies. More importantly, only 2 other artists have sold more in their first week this year, Adele and Lady GaGa. So I think it is quite an accomplishment, especially when Bey is known for having sales longevity, not front-loaded sales. Other good showings this week were the debuts of Big Sean and Selena Gomez both getting about 100,000 sold, and both being received relatively well by the critics.
Over on the Hot 100, on the other hand, the audio miscarriage Give Me Everything by Pitbull has been replaced by the sonic abortion that is Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO. Both generic, shit songs. Neither deserve to be charting anywhere, much less in the #1 spot. Unfortunately, not all singles can be Rolling in the Deep. Hopefully Katy Perry or GaGa will snatch the spot next week and banish LMFAO/Pitbull back from whence they came!
In other news, Nicki Minaj stays solid at #5 with Super Bass (which deserves all the success it has), and I Wanna Go by Britney also is making moves. I don't imagine the charts will be very eventful for a while now that the big girls all have their songs out...let the domination begin.