Who Charted? Lionel Richie Is Finally Found (at No. 1)
Gotye surges bigtime in bizarre sales week
First! After some impressive Home Shopping Network finagling didn’t net Lionel Richie enough sales to beat Madonna in a tough week, the singer finally convinced fans to look for him. The result: Richie hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his latest effort, Tuskegee, which sold 129,000 this week. The secret of his success, as Billboard point out, was likely a CBS special that aired last week called ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert, which was viewed by more than 7 million people.
2 Through 10: Adele bravely holds down the fort at No. 2 with 92,000, while Nicki Minaj remains in the top 5, at No. 3, with 81,000 copies of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (nearly 70 percent fewer than last week’s No. 1-worthy 253,000, but it’s a usual drop for a second week). Monica snags her fifth top 10 debut at No. 4 for New Life (69,000), while One Direction holds onto No. 5 (66,000). Bonnie Raitt has blown minds with Slipstream’s No. 6 debut (64,000) — she hasn’t seen the top 10 since 1994, despite having released three albums since. No. 7 belongs to the slow-boiling superstar Gotye’s Making Mirrors (54,000 — more on his ascent below), and Alabama Shakes move into the top 10, to No. 8, with Boys and Girls, which was released on iTunes two weeks ago, then got a physical release this past week. Rascal Flatts’ Changed hits No. 9 (41,000), but it’s Hoodie Allen with the weirdest top-10 story: the ex-Google-employee-turned-Internet-rapper, who’s dropped a few free mixtapes, sold 28,000 copies of his first EP, All American, to land in tenth place.
Go, Go Gotye: The Australian songwriter is blowing up everything, including SNL and Glee with his song “Somebody That I Used to Know.” His myriad appearances got him a 111 percent album-sales boost, and lands him atop the Hot 100 chart for the first time.