Singer Josh Groban can thank Target for hitting the bull's eye on the Billboard albums chart.
The 22-year-old vocalist's second album, Closer, has reached #1 for the first time since it dropped nine weeks ago, due in part to a promotion with retail giant Target. Groban appeared on the front page of a circular distributed in stores and newspapers nationwide. The added exposure helped Groban move 10 spots up the chart and sell more than 111,000 copies last week, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (January 14).
For the fourth straight week, The Diary of Alicia Keys is #2, this time on sales of more than 102,000 copies. At #3 is Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which had been #1 on the last two charts and which sold more than 101,000 copies last week.
Besides Groban, the unlikely duo of Beyoncé and Michael Jackson saw significant sales increases last week. Dangerously in Love moves up 12 spots to re-enter the top 20 at #11, and Jackson's Number Ones jumps a whopping 24 places to #15 after the airing of a CBS special and amid a flurry of headlines pertaining to his child-molestation charges.
Topping the tabloids didn't do as much for Britney Spears. In the first full week after her highly publicized 55-hour wedding, In the Zone drops two spots to #16 following a sales plummet of 32 percent.
The rest of the top 10 finds No Doubt's Singles 1992-2003 moving up a notch to #4 (with more than 88,000 copies sold); Toby Keith's Shock'n Y'all shooting up four to #5 (81,000); The Very Best of Sheryl Crow slipping a couple of places to #6 (80,000); Now That's What I Call Music! 14 dropping four to #7 (72,000); Ruben Studdard's Soulful up two to #8 (63,000); Evanescence's Fallen dipping two to #9 (60,000); and Jay-Z's The Black Album taking a four-step drop to #10 (56,000).
It seems U.S. audiences are starting to believe in a thing called the Darkness. The spandex-clad U.K. hard rock band's Permission to Land, featuring the single "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," shoots up 53 spots to #39 this week. Maroon 5 also make a giant leap forward. Their debut, Songs About Jane, is up from #120 to #57.
The guys in Rooney are living proof that you shouldn't misjudge the power of "The O.C." A week after the band appeared on the FOX TV show, their self-titled debut album has re-entered the top 200 at #131 with nearly three times as many albums sold as the week before.
Speaking of "The O.C.," the chart's only notable new entry comes courtesy of Phantom Planet, whose song "California," from their last album, is used as the program's theme. The band's self-titled second disc bows at #95.