It’s been a big couple of weeks for the Black Keys. They performed on SNL, released their eighth album, Turn Blue, managed to escape from the sinister clutches of Danny McBride on our cover, and now they’ve got themselves their first ever chart-topping record.
In its first week of release, Turn Blue sold 164,000 copies, giving the band their first-ever number one slot. It placed above their previous effort El Camino on the charts (that album came in at number two), but it also fell short of the 2011 release’s opening week sales by about 40,000 copies. (Released in December, El Camino could not sway the power of Michael Buble’s Christmas, which was number one that week.)
Still, the Keys claim victory over Michael Jackson, whose Xscape came in at number two with 157,000 units sold in its first week. That bests Jackson’s previous posthumous release, 2010’s Michael, in chart position (it debuted at number three) but again couldn’t match its predecessor’s first week sales numbers (Michael sold an impressive 228,000 copies during its first week of release in December of 2011).
Jackson’s most successful posthumous release remains the movie soundtrack compilation This Is It, which was released on October 2009 and sold 373,000 copies in its first week of release on its way to nearly two million in sales in the United States.
Elsewhere on the chart in new releases, Rascal Flatts sold 61,000 copies of Rewind, good enough for a number five debut. Just behind them at number six is Dolly Parton, whose Blue Smoke moved 37,000 copies. Tori Amos’ Unrepentant Geraldines came in at number seven with 20,000 copies sold, and Christian singer Michael W. Smith snuck into the last spot on the top 10 by selling 16,000 copies of his new album Sovereign.
Next week’s chart will likely be lead by Coldplay’s just-released Ghost Stories, though it will be interesting to see what sort of boost Jackson’s Xscape gets from the high-profile hologram performance from this past Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards.