Carrie Underwood's 'Blown Away' Nabs Second Week at No. 1 by Keith Caulfield, L.A. | May 16, 201
Carrie Underwood holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart a second week with "Blown Away," selling another 120,000 copies (down 55% according to Nielsen SoundScan). It's Underwood's third No. 1 album, but first to spend more than a week at the top.
With the Mother's Day holiday falling on the final day of the tracking week (May 13) reflected in the new chart, it's not surprising to see Adele's mom-friendly "21" see a big gain in sales. The album rises 4-2 this week on the Billboard 200 with 101,000 sold -- up 31%.
Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" also sees a mother-fueled jump, climbing 6-3 with 71,000 (up 11%). The "Now 42" compilation falls 3-4 (65,000; down 31%) while Norah Jones' "Little Broken Hearts" slips 2-5 (60,000; down 46%).
The chart's highest debut comes from rock band Silversun Pickups, which sees its "Neck of the Woods" drive in at No. 6 with 41,000. It's the highest charting set for the act, but not its best sales week: 2009's "Swoon" bowed at No. 7 with a career-high 43,000.
One Direction's "Up All Night" spends its ninth straight week in the top 10, as it rises one slot to No. 7 with 40,000 (down 11%). Right behind the U.K. boy band is Jack White's "Blunderbuss," moving 7-8 with 34,000 (down 38%).
Rounding out the top 10 are Tank's new "This Is How I Feel," debuting at No. 9 (33,000), and Luke Bryan's "Tailgates & Tanlines" stepping 13-10 (26,000; down 1%). Tank's latest gives him his fifth top 40 set and third to reach the top 10. His last release, 2010's "Now Or Never," debuted and peaked at No. 35 with 44,000 that December.
Over on the Digital Songs chart, the top three are non-movers this week, led by Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" at No. 1 with 321,000 (down 8%). The song, which features Kimbra, crosses the 4 million sales mark this week -- rising to 4.04 million downloads sold in the U.S.
At No. 2, Maroon 5's "Payphone" (featuring Wiz Khalifa) sells 293,000 (up 2%) while Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is at No. 3 with 234,000 (up 12%).
Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" rises 5-4 (165,000; down 4%), fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) is down one to No. 5 (164,000; down 12%) and Nicki Minaj's "Starships" sails 7-6 (151,000; up 3%).
Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" (featuring Sia) is up two rungs to No. 7 (150,000; up 8%), One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" drops 6-8 (146,000; down 3%) and Jennifer Lopez's "Dance Again" (featuring Pitbull) zips 15-9 (104,000; up 39%). The latter benefits from J.Lo's performance of the track on "American Idol's" May 10 episode.
The Wanted's "Glad You Came" closes out the top 10 on the Digital Songs chart, holding at No. 10 with 95,000 (down 21%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending May 13) totaled 5.56 million units, down 3% compared to the sum last week (5.77 million) and down 2% compared to the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.68 million). Year to date album sales stand at 112.32 million, down 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (113.79 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 24.96 million downloads, down 2% compared to last week (25.41 million) and up 1% stacked next to the comparable week of 2011 (24.79 million). Year to date track sales are at 520.35 million, up 7% compared to the same total at this point last year (487.16 million).
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2011 when: Adele's "21" continued to rule the chart for a ninth nonconsecutive week (138,000; down 12%) while Seether debuted at No. 2 with "Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray" (61,000).
This is my favorite album of Carrie's thus far. It took me over 200 listens of the album to decide that, but I finally have.
My quick album review:
01. Good Girl -Fierce track and easily Carrie's most outstanding vocal on any of her recordings. Perfect debut single for the era. I still can't get enough of this song and I've WAY overplayed it since its February release. And I'm always a sucker for songs that use the titles as double-meanings. (ex. "Hey good girl" and "He's no good, girl") A+
02. Blown Away -Holy f**king cheeseballs is this flawless. One of the best songs I've ever heard. This production is epic and dramatic and the storyline is dark and devious. If this doesn't win her every award in every award show, I give up on life. A+++
03. Two Black Cadillacs -I love how soulful Carrie sounds on this song. Its a very different song for country radio, so I don't know about it being a single (especially with GG and BA which aren't very country sounding as singles already). I do like the song a lot though, great concept here. I do wish there were at least a bit of detail about the murder though. That would have spiced it up a bit, I think. A
04. See You Again -I like this one a lot if I look at it as a religious song being sung to someone who is dying (hey, I'm just a sucker for sad songs), but just as a "hey, I'll see you at the grocery store sometime later" kinda vibe that you can look at it as, it's less impressive imo. But I choose to look at it as someone dying, so I like it. A
05. Do You Think About Me -Country music at it's finest. This is one of the most well written country songs ever, imo. The verses of this song just make me want to cry every time I listen to it because I can feel the heartache in the lyrics and by the way Carrie sings it. The chorus is a little boring just repeating the title over and over, but it works with the song. I swear if this isn't a single, I will personally destroy her label. My personal favorite parts of the song are "We ran in when the thunder came, you told me sugar melts in the rain" and especially "I met a boy a lot like you. It’s funny how he used to sing it too. But he always just a little out of key. So much different than you and me..." My heart just melts A+++
06. Forever Changed -OH MY GOD THE WATERWORKS. Seriously SUCH a gorgeous song! Carrie slays it with her calm lower register, making it one of my favorite vocal performances from her on a recording. Ugh I love this so much! A+
07. Nobody Ever Told You -Such a jammin' feel-good song! And with a great message! Total album track, but I like it a lot for what it is. Catchy as hell too. Those damn "Na Na Nas" always get me. A
08. One Way Ticket -YUCK at all her stans obsessing over this. I don't want Carrie singing Zac Brown Band songs. If this is a single of the flawless "Do You Think About Me" I will kill someone at Arista. It really isn't that bad of a song, I just don't want this from Carrie. And I just dislike it more since everyone else seems to love it. B-
09. Thank God For Hometowns -Oh Carrie, why the hell did you chose this of all songs to go on your album. There HAD to be some better ballad choices. The only thing that saves this song is the chorus that is semi-decent. The verses are just yuck though. I do love the line "Thank God for the county lines that welcome you back in when you were dying to get out" mostly because I came home from my first year of college the exact day Carrie's new album came out, and that one lyric described my feelings exactly. So for that reason alone, it gets a passing grade. C+
10. Good In Goodbye -Hello beautiful storytelling masterpiece. Ugh such a great song. I was worried since Tedder is a co-writer, but it's definitely a country song with a great story to it, and one that hasn't ever been told to my knowledge. The clever title made it stand out to me from the beginning and it didn't disappoint. A+
11. Leave Love Alone -I didn't care for this at first, but then I came to appreciate it for what it was: a fun, catchy song to sing along to. It's no lyrical masterpiece, but I love the instrumentation, the melody, and Carrie's vocals on this song. Probably won't be a single, but it makes a great album track. A
12. Cupid's Got A Shotgun -What a crazy, fun song! I do love this, but I don't want it as a single, like most seem to. I just think it is somewhat of a novelty song and that would wear off on people after too long. I love the song though, I just don't see it as a single, and I may or may not have had a nightmare about what this music video could potentially look like. A-
13. Wine After Whiskey -Dear Lord, please make this epic masterpiece a single. Amen. Perfection is the only way to describe this. The alcohol analogy to love/relationships is just brilliant. This song could win some awards as well. Unfortunately, this will be the awesome ballad from her album that won't get released as a single (a la, "Starts With Goodbye", "I Know You Won't", and "Someday When I Stop Loving You"), but one can still hope. A++
14. Who Are You -The more appropriate question that should be asked here is: "what the f**k is this?" If this is a song about Jesus, it does a very poor job at portraying it. And if it's just a regular love song, it sucks balls. Mutt Lange should have gone one way or another with these lyrics and not tried to ride it the middle on the safe side. Plus the production of this is just weird. And who the f**k is the girl that sings BGVs at the end? Shut up please. YUCK YUCK YUCK. I almost wish this wasn't even on the album. D
Overall grade: A+
01. Blown Away 02. Do You Think About Me 03. Good Girl 04. Wine After Whiskey 05. Good In Goodbye 06. Forever Changed 07. Two Black Cadillacs 08. Nobody Ever Told You 09. Leave Love Alone 10. See You Again 11. Cupid's Got A Shotgun 12. One Way Ticket 13. Thank God For Hometowns 14. Who Are You
I'd be fine with any of my top 10 being singles as long as "Do You Think About Me" gets released.
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