Stand aside, Jay Z – the newly-legal ex-girlfriend of Justin Bieber now owns the album chart.
Selena Gomez’s Stars Dance takes the top spot on the Billboard 200 this week, moving about 97,000 copies in its first week. Buoyed by the top 10 hit “Come & Get It” (written, incidentally, by songwriter and Pitch Perfect star Ester Dean), Stars Dance knocked Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail from its two-week perch. It’s Gomez’s first chart-topper, though all three of her albums with the Scene have made the top 10.
The only other big debut this week belongs to Marc Anthony, whose Spanish-language 3.0 checks in at number five with 39,000 copies sold. MIchigan metalcore band We Came As Romans’ Tracing Back Roots and the Young Money Cash Money compilation Rich Gang (which features tracks by Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Tyga, French Montana, Flo Rida, and Birdman) also made top 10 debuts.
Meanwhile, expect strong numbers for One Direction when tomorrow’s new Billboard Hot 100 comes out: their new single “Best Song Ever” sold an impressive 322,000 digital downloads in its first week of release. Considering the radio support the group gets, it would not be shocking to see “Best Song Ever” debut in the top 10, perhaps even in the top five. Still, it looks like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is on its way to an eighth consecutive week as the number one song in the country. It remains the most-streamed song on Spotify, and people cannot get enough of its who-needs-clothes? video.
It’ll be interesting to see next week’s album chart, as new albums by both Thicke and the Backstreet Boys should show up in the top 10. Will the success of Thicke’s single translate to a chart-topping debut on the albums list?