Album sales: Chris Brown's 'Fortune' outperforms discounted competition
Chris Brown has definitely found fame in many senses (not all desirable), and now the R&B crooner can add to his fortune.
After months of too-soon hype, false starts, and one epic bottle-throwing fight, the controversial Breezy saw his fifth album Fortune land at the No. 1 spot of this week’s Billboard charts (not exactly a breezy(!) ride to the top).
The new Brown album sold 134,000 copies in its first week, a significant drop from the 270,000 in debut-week sales of his previous album, last year’s F.A.M.E. While Fortune outsold the other non-Frank Ocean R&B contender of the season — Usher’s Looking 4 Myself (which sold 128,000 in its first week) — it should be noted that the alleged bottle tosser Brown competed mainly against a flurry of older albums that Amazon was dispensing at 99 cents a pop — a price so unusually cheap, Music Mix couldn’t even locate the proper “cent” symbol on the keyboard.
The Amazon sale helps explain why Katy Perry’s 2010 release Teenage Dream soared to No. 2 on the album charts, despite the fact that her just-released widescreen debut Part of Me tanked at the box office.
Just below Perry was fellow cineplex-harassing pop star Justin Bieber, whose Believe occupied the No. 3 spot with 70,000 moved units. Maroon 5’s artistically disappointing Overexposed dropped to No. 4 from last week’s No. 2, while Linkin Park’s Living Things — last week’s chart champ — slid to No.5.
But Amazon’s 99-cent brigade ultimately dominated the chart this week. Gotye’s Making Mirrors rocketed from No. 31 to No. 6, for instance, while fun.’s winter album Some Nights rose from the 23rd spot to the 7th.
Rounding out the top ten: Kenny Chesney’s Welcome to the Fishbowl, which dropped from No. 6 to No. 8 with 43,000; Adele’s 21, which hit an all-time low by “sinking” to No. 9 (gasp!); and the Black Keys’ El Camino, which climbed 396 percent to go from No. 55 to No. 10.
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