First! In an unsurprising upset, Brit boy band One Direction stormed the Billboard 200 albums chart with Up All Night, which sold 176,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That makes the English group the first U.K. act to open at No. 1 with their debut album. (Thanks, social media promotion!) Can we safely say that boy bands are back now? Again?
2 Through 10: Adele astonishingly breaks no records this week with 21, setting for second place with 148,000. Guns N' Roses' Greatest Hits takes No. 3 with a whopping 85,000 copies (see below, we'll explain), followed by Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball with 57,000 copies at No. 4, and, in a sneak attack, Passion: White Flag, the Christian album recorded at Atlanta's Passion 2012 conference in January, at No. 5. Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits is still up there at No. 6 (45,000), with Drake taking No. 7 via Take Care's 36,000 copies, the 41st Now compilation somehow still selling 29,000 copies at No. 8, and Gotye and fun. pulling in 24,000 and 22,000 in ninth and tenth, respectively with Making Mirrors and Some Nights. Expect to see some more sales for Gotye in the coming weeks — the Aussie just scored a Saturday Night Live performance on April 14.
Sweet Sale O' Mine: Guns N' Roses took full advantage of Billboard's declination to revise chart policies last year after Lady Gaga boosted Born This Way's sales with a 99-cent Amazon promotion sale during its first week. Their 2003 Greatest Hits record jumped from No. 31 to No. 3 as a result of a one-day 25-cent sale on Google Play and Amazon MP3 stores, no doubt to hype their imminent Rock Hall of Fame induction. It sold 85,000 copies.
Trust in the Power of the HSN: Though it wasn't enough to break the top 10, Lionel Richie's recent Home Shopping Network appearance paid off big time. The singer sold 20,000 copies of his new album Tuskegee — in just one hour, Billboard reports. Hello, indeed!
We Can See the Future... And it is Odd. Next week, Odd Future's OF Vol. 2 will hit the Billboard 200. Considering the Internet is ablaze with news of the recent return of Earl Sweatshirt, that one will no doubt do pretty well.