Katy Perry tops U.S. album chart for first time
By Keith Caulfield
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Katy Perry achieved her first No. 1 album on the U.S. pop chart Wednesday, ending Eminem's reign of seven nonconsecutive weeks.
Perry's third album "Teenage Dream" sold a career-best 192,000 copies during the week ended August 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan. She is the first solo woman to lead the tally since January, when Ke$ha's "Animal" spent one week atop the list.
Perry's breakthrough release, 2008's "One of the Boys," debuted and peaked at No. 9 in July that year with 47,000 sold in its premiere week. Its best sales frame came during Christmas week of 2008 when it shifted 63,000. It is currently at No. 86 with 1.3 million copies sold to date.
Season 3 "American Idol" champ Fantasia, in the news recently with a failed suicide attempt, started at No. 2 with "Back To Me" (117,000). That marks her highest charting album yet. Her "Free Yourself" debut started and peaked at No. 8 in 2004 with 240,000 copies; her self-titled follow-up "Fantasia" topped out at No. 19 in 2006 with 133,000.
Eminem's "Recovery" slipped two to No. 3 with 98,000, taking its total to 2.3 million after 10 weeks.
Usher entered at No. 4 with "Versus," whose 46,000-unit start marked a huge drop from the 329,000-unit start for the chart-topping "Raymond v Raymond" in April. That album rebounded 12 places to No. 19, after being reissued in a deluxe edition with "Versus" as a bonus disc, much in the same way as Lady Gaga unleashed "The Fame Monster" both as a stand-alone set last November in addition to bundling it with a reissue of her "The Fame" album.
Little Big Town's "The Reason Why" debuted at No. 5 with 42,000, a new high for the country combo in terms of both rank and sales. Ditto for another country act, Randy Rogers Band, whose "Burning the Day" entered at No. 8 with 28,600.
Kem's "Intimacy" dropped four to No. 6 with 30,000 in its second week, while Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" climbed one to No. 7 with 28,700. Ray LaMontagne's "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise" slid six to No. 9 also in its second week, selling 27,900. Rock band the Devil Wears Prada's "Zombie" EP debuted at No. 10 with 25,000.
Overall album sales totaled 5.12 million units, up 1% from the previous week, but down 12% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009. Year-to-date album sales are off 12% from 2009 at 195.3 million.
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