Carrie Underwood Blows Away the Competition on the Charts

Grammy winning country pop superstar Carrie Underwood blows away the competition this week on the Billboard 200 Album chart as her fourth album, the fantastic Blown Away, debuts at # 1. This give her a third chart topper on this list following Play On and Carnival Ride. Surprisingly her debut album, Some Hearts, only hit # 2 despite being her biggest seller by far with over 7 million units shifted. All four albums hit # 1 on the Country Albums chart. Blown Away is also the second biggest debut of 2012 with 267,000 copies sold coming in behind Madonna’s MDNA with over 359,000 copies… Underwood leads a bunch of debuts this week from the likes of Norah Jones, B.o.B., the Smash cast and Marilyn Manson. For more on Carrie’s chart achievements (including her 15th top ten country hit “Good Girl”) and this chart, head to Billboard here.... Also of note, fans of the Beastie Boys celebrated their music this week pushing 8 of their albums back onto the Billboard 200 following the untimely and sad passing of Boys member Adam Yauch from cancer. The highest ranking was their signature debut record, Licensed to Ill, at # 18.

Top Ten Albums on the Billboard 200:
1. Blown Away- Carrie Underwood (debut)
2. Little Broken Hearts- Norah Jones (debut)
3. Now 42 Compilation- Various Artists (debut)
4. 21- Adele (last week~ 2)
5. Strange Clouds- B.o.B. (debut)
6. Tuskegee- Lionel (lw~ 3)
7. Blunderbuss- Jack White (lw~ 1)
8. Up All Night- One Direction (lw~ 4)
9. Smash soundtrack- Smash Cast (debut)
10. Born Villian- Marilyn Manson (debut)

Over on the Hot 100 singles chart, it’s business as usual with Gotye landing a fourth week on top with his crossover smash “Somebody that I Used to Know”. This song has topped the Dance and Alternative charts and is in the top ten of the Rock, Hot AC and Pop Charts as well. The rest of the top ten on the Hot 100 is stagnant. We’ll see if anyone can break in next week, but in the meantime, take a look at this week’s list below.

Top Ten Singles on the Hot 100:
1. “Somebody that I Used to Know”- Gotye w/Kimbra (last week~ 1) * 4 weeks on top
2. “We Are Young”- fun. w/Janelle Monae (lw~ 2)
3. “Payphone”- Maroon 5 w/ Wiz Khalifa (lw~ 3)
4. “Call Me Maybe”- Carly Rae Jepsen (lw~ 5)
5. “Wild Ones”- Flo Rida w/ Sia (lw~ 6)
6. “Glad You Came”- The Wanted (lw~ 4)
7. “Starships”- Nicki Minaj (lw~8)
8. “Boyfriend”- Justin Bieber (lw~ 7)
9. “What Makes You Beautiful”- One Direction (lw~ 9)
10. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”- Kelly Clarkson (lw~ 10)

And before I go, please enjoy Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” which is set to be the second single from her new album, and trust me, it’s awesome!


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