Blake Shelton rides “The Voice” success to his first # 1 Album

The Voice may have been a fun albeit disastrous mess and a total American Idol clone, but it was also a ratings hit. And it has helped fuel sales of all the singers from the show. Um, let me rephrase~ the singing COACHES from the show. You see Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green have all had strong digital sales of their recent singles (“Never Gonna Leave this Bed”, “Moves Like Jagger”, “Bright Lights Bigger City”) and their catalog of albums since the show began. However, the standout has been country superstar Blake Shelton who recently grabbed his first Hot 100 top ten hit with “Honey Bee” and now grabs his first # 1 album on the Billboard 200 as he debuts on top with Red River Blue. It also becomes his 5th top ten album and his second consecutive # 1 country album. Now, if only the winner Javier Colon could drum up some sales for his long gone debut single “Stitch by Stich” (the same goes for the runners-up Dia Frampton, Beverly McClellan and Vicci Martinez whose singles have all but disappeared)… If you compare Colon to Idol’s most recent winner, Scotty McCreery, he has his work cut out for him. McCreery’s debut single “I Love You This Big” is top 20 at country radio and continues to sell well months after its release. Scotty has also had two hit compilation albums and remains in the top 20 with his Walmart release this week. So, The Voice has some catching up to do for its contestants, but was a big boon for its judges, ahem, coaches.
Now, back to the Billboard 200, Shelton leads 6 debuts in the top ten including rockers Incubus who grab their 5th top five album with If Not Now, When. Also new this week are the latest from Colbie Caillat, country singer Chris Young, Theory of a Deadman and Sublime with Rome. For all of the album charts news, head to Billboard here, and check out the new top ten below.

Top Ten Albums on the Billboard 200:
1. Red River Blue- Blake Shelton (debut)
2. If Not Now, When?- Incubus (debut)
3. 21- Adele (last week~ 2)
4. Neon- Chris Young (debut)
5. 4- Beyonce (lw~ 1)
6. All of You- Colbie Caillat (debut)
7. My Kinda Party- Jason Aldean (lw~ 4)
8. The Truth Is… – Theory of a Deadman (debut)
9. Yours Truly- Sublime With Rome (debut)
10. When the Sun Goes Down- Selena Gomez & the Scene (lw~ 3)

Over on the singles, chart, it’s a lot of the same old, same old with LMFAO holding pat for the third week at # 1 with “Party Rock Anthem”. The big news comes from recovered Disney princess Demi Lovato who debuts big at # 10 with her awesome new single “Skyscraper”. Here’s your new Hot 100 top ten…

Top Ten Singles on the Hot 100
1. “Party Rock Anthem”- LMFAO (last week~ 1) 3rd week on top
2. “Give Me Everything”- Pitbull w/NeYo, Nayer & Afrojack (lw~ 2)
3. “Last Friday Night”- Katy Perry (lw~ 4)
4. “Rolling in the Deep”- Adele (lw~ 3)
5. “Super Bass”- Nicki Minaj (lw~ 5)
6. “How to Love”- Lil Wayne (lw~ 7)
7. “The Edge of Glory”- Lady Gaga (lw~ 6)
8. “Good Life”- OneRepublic (lw~8)
9. “Tonight Tonight”- Hot Chelle Rae (lw~ 9)
10. “Skyscraper”- Demi Lovato (debut)

.. And an interesting note farther down the Hot 100 chart comes from the Re-Entry of Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson’s # 1 country smash “Don’t You Wanna Stay” at # 48. The single previously spent 6 months on the chart peaking at # 31, but after recently landing in the top ten of the Adult Contemporary and Hot Adult Contemporary charts, it returns to the overall Hot 100. It’s also getting a lot of pop airplay, so another long run could be on the way. Congrats Jason & Kelly! (Yes, it’s my fave song of 2011, so here it is again!)

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One Response to “Blake Shelton rides “The Voice” success to his first # 1 Album”

  1. Marian Says:

    Love, LOVE, LOVE Don’t You Wanna Stay. It’s my favorite of the year so far. Waiting for Kelly’s 1st single to be released and her album in the fall..

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