|Chart Check: Pink Enjoys 259% Sales Increase / Frank Ocean Soars|
|Lady Gaga News - Lady Gaga News|
|Thursday, 19 July 2012 10:30|
Find out why after the jump…
Frank Ocean (and Def Jam) will no doubt be smiling this week after the singer’s ‘Channel Orange’ LP flew straight in at #2 on the Billboard 200. Selling through 131,000 copies in its premiere week, the feat is notable not so much for the numbers, but more the context in which they were achieved.
For, following the ample interest in Ocean’s truth-baring letter, the album was released to iTunes a week before its original store date – resulting in its sales being almost entirely of the digital persuasion. Retailers were urged to begin selling the CD as soon as they received physical copies (and some did, contributing to the 3000 copies tallied in this week’s count); the vast majority – however – adhered to the original date of July 17th. Needless to say, Ocean should sail fairly easily towards solid second week sales.
Whether he’ll be able to earn the #1 that Country act Zac Brown Band denied him (after selling 234,000 of their ‘Uncaged’ LP) this week next week will be interesting to see.
Meanwhile on the singles front, Pop rebel Pink rocketed a whopping 58-9 on the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’. The attitude-soaked cut, which serves as the lead single from the star’s upcoming LP, ‘The Truth About Love’ (due September 18th), has only been on the chart for two weeks, yet already earns the honor of being her 12th top ten hit on that tally.
In light of this, the 33 year old places third on the list of ’Most top 10′s among women since the turn of the new millenium – with only Rihanna (22) and Beyonce (14) besting her. (She tramples the 11 top 10′s earned by Lady Gaga and Katy Perry in the same window).
And as if that wasn’t enough to trumpet, ’Blow’ boasts the largest leap into the Hot 100′s top 10 since Drake and Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Make Me Proud’ bolted 97-9 last November.
The song is also the chart’s top Digital and Airplay Gainer; on Digital Songs, it also lunges 41-4 with a 259% increase to 171,000 downloads sold.
(Elsewhere, Carly Rae Jepsen‘s ‘Call Me Maybe’ holds at #1 for its sixth week, while Maroon 5‘s ‘Payphone’ sticks at #2. Rihanna‘s moderate hit ‘Where Have You Been’ also maintains at #6 – slipping slighting from its #5 peak).
Fairly epic feats on both fronts. In an industry thirsty for commercially viable “quality”, it’s great to see it manifest in the succeses of two uberly talented artists. Amazing, in fact.