First! Ah, can you smell it? Fresh meat, at last! This week’s Top 10 is led by not one, not two, not three but four debuts. Instead of starting with No. 1 though, we’ll kick off with another “first”: SPIN cover stars Tegan and Sara outdid 2009’s Sainthood with miraculous flair. While their last one topped out at No. 21 and 24,000 copies sold in its best week (via Nielsen SoundScan), the Quin twins’ brand new Heartthrob launches at No. 3 with 49K. Over on the Rock Albums chart, they reign supreme, while they’re second only to Justin Bieber on Digital Albums. Well, alright!
2 to 10 (+1, -4): Our girls were bested by the Biebz in the big game as well, of course. Lil Missing Pigment ran shit by dropping Believe Acoustic (No. 1, 211K), which includes eight stripped-down versions of Believe tracks (we witnessed his genuinely stunning rendition of “As Long as You Love Me” at the AMAs) plus three new songs, so strap on your hair helmet and hold onto your nuts. No. 2 comes from blind Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli for his new one Pasione (94K) and No. 4 from former Gap Band soulsmith Charlier Wilson for Love, Charlie (44K). Billboard helpfully points out that, “His latest album is his fourth consecutive release to include his first name in the title.” Cool story, bro. That closes out the debuts. Here’s the rest: the Pitch Perfect soundtrack (No.5, 37K), Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox (No. 6, 37K), Mumford and Sons’ Babel (No. 7, 36K), Gary Allen’s Set You Free (No. 8, 32K), the Lumineers’ The Lumineers (No. 9, 32K), and Taylor Swift’s Red (No. 10, 29K).
[insert vomit effect]: Macklemore. Ryan Lewis. “Thrift Shop.” (Wanz.) Hot 100. No. 1. Again. For three weeks running, in fact. Not only that, but these jokers have been running both the Digital Songs (381K downloads in the last frame!) and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts for four weeks already. Oh, and the On-Demand Songs (1.87 million streams in the last frame!) and the Rap Songs list for five weeks in a row. Make it stop.
Transmissions From Mars: Although it’s not likely to force “Thrift Shop” to shutter any time soon, Bruno’s “Locked Out of Heaven” continues to thrive on the air, spending a seventh week atop the Radio Songs tally. This happens to be the longest domination of said category by a solo male’s song since a little ditty called “Just the Way You Are” did seven weeks in 2010. That track, of course, was by a dude named Bruno Mars.