Is there any pop-culture entity that’s hotter right now than The Twilight Saga: New Moon? Ladies and gents, there is, and his name is Michael Bublé. The Canadian crooner topped the Billboard 200 albums chart last week with just three days’ sales. This week Bublé has done it again, extending his stay at No. 1 after shifting another 203,000 units in his first full week on shelves, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
That means a No. 2 finish for the New Moon soundtrack, which bows with 115,000 copies sold. But wait! To be fair, the soundtrack was was only on sale for three days of last week after its rush release. Selling 115,000 copies in that compressed period is actually pretty impressive – slightly less than the first Twilight soundtrack sold in its entire first week last year. I hope this heralds many more thousands of teen vampire fanatics who will be listening to Grizzly Bear and St. Vincent by Halloween. (Even so, Bublé sold 17,000 more copies than New Moon in his three-day frame the previous week. Just saying.)
Down at No. 8, the Flaming Lips found 32,000 fans willing to check out the latest dose of their customary weirdness with Embryonic. Mario made it to No. 9 with D.N.A., notching a minutely smaller number that also rounded to 32,000.
That was it for top 20 debuts this week. Another notable sales figure came from the Black Eyed Peas, whose The E.N.D. leaped from No. 23 to No. 6 on this week’s chart with 40,000 in new sales – I guess those omnipresent DirecTV ads starring the Peas, not to mention their new video for “Meet Me Halfway,” must be working. And Owl City’s Ocean Eyes edged into the top 20 for the first time, taking No. 20 with 21,000 albums sold as the catchy “Fireflies” continues to climb the singles charts.
What do you think of the numbers put up by Bublé, New Moon, and the rest? Any guesses for how many copies the vampire soundtrack will move next week after it’s had a full 7 days in stores? Weigh in below.