There are really only two ways things can go when you name your second album Breakthrough: Either you top the charts and walk around with a big grin feeling validated for your confidence, or the CD tanks, and you’re left feeling, well, broken.
Luckily for sunshiny pop singer Colbie Caillat , the former will be the case next week when her second album hits #1 in its chart debut, thanks to sales of nearly 106,000 and a push from the hit single “Fallin’ for You.”
According to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, Caillat will lead the parade of new titles in the top 10, which also includes Christian rockers Skillet, whose Awake will land just behind at #2 (68,000) and [artist id=”2408193″]Miley Cyrus’[/artist] Wal-Mart exclusive Time of Our Lives EP, which debuts at #3 (62,000). While the impressively robust [artist id=”1233888″]Kings of Leon[/artist] firmly hold down the #4 spot as their nearly year-old Only by the Night saw a 15 percent increase in sales from the previous week (52,000), experimental British songstress [artist id=”2007277″]Imogen Heap[/artist] debuts strongly at #5 with her everything and the kitchen sink album, Ellipse (48,000).
Last week’s #1, country queen Reba McEntire, drops down to #6, as sales for Keep on Loving You fell by 56 percent (42,000). She’s followed by George Strait’s Twang #7 (41,000), the [artist id=”30064″]Black Eyed Peas’[/artist] The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (#8, 36,000), [artist id=”2389485″]Taylor Swift’s[/artist] Fearless (#9, 34,000) and the week’s only other top 10 debut, Now That’s What I Call Country, Vol. 2 (#10, 33,000).
Just outside the top tier, at #12, is former founding Destiny’s Child member LeToya’s second solo album, Lady Love (33,000), leading the darker third effort from British buzz band Arctic Monkeys, Humbug (#15, 28,000) and the latest from Internet sensation Ingrid Michaelson, Everybody (#18, 23,000).
After several years out of the spotlight, Hasidic rapper Matisyahu makes a soft landing at #19 with his second major-label album, Light (22,000), which bests the rap return of actress/MC Queen Latifah, Persona (#25, 18,000), her first hip-hop album since 2003. And, just a few years after the use of their hit “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” in an iPod ad made them the next big thing, Australian hard-rock revivalists Jet land in the #27 slot with their third album, Shaka Rock (17,000).
Look for more diva action at the top next week as Whitney Houston is expected to easily snag the #1 spot with her latest attempted comeback, I Look to You, her first album in seven years. There will also be bows from Trey Songz, Pitbull, the Used, Chevelle and the always surprising Insane Clown Posse.