Blake Shelton was already a beloved country star before he became a reality-TV double-threat. But thanks in part to his breakout role on “The Voice,” Miranda Lambert’s better half is reaping plenty of benefits, including a #1 debut on the Billboard 200 charts next week for his new album, Red River Blue.
According to figures provided by SoundScan, Shelton’s sixth studio album, his first #1 debut ever and highest-charting album to date, sold 116,000 copies last week. Just behind was the first album in five years from floaty rockers Incubus with If Not Now, When, which debuts at #2 on sales of 80,000. They lead a parade of new faces in the top 10 that also includes country singer Chris Young, whose Neon hit #4 in its first week (73,000), pop smoothie Colbie Caillat’s All of You (#6, 66,000), head-bangers Theory of a Deadman’s Truth Is (#8, 38,000) and the debut from the rebooted Sublime with new singer Rome, Yours Truly (#9, 35,000).
The rest of the top 10: Adele’s 21 (#3, 77,000), Beyoncé’s 4 (#5, 72,000), Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party (#7, 42,000) and Selena Gomez and the Scene’s When the Sun Goes Down (#10, 33,000).
A couple of former top 10 dwellers fall to the second rung, including Eminem’s Hell: The Sequel project under the Bad Meets Evil banner (#11, 30,000), Lady Gaga’s Born This Way (down five to #13, 25,000) and Jill Scott’s Light of the Sun (#14, 21,000).
The soundtrack to “Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows, Part 2″ comes in at #25, while indie darlings Washed Out crash in at #26 with the excellent Within & Without (#26, 15,000). And it was a short trip to the top 10 for R&B crooner Lloyd, who plummets 39 spots to #49 in the second week for King of Hearts (9,000).
Over on the iTunes chart Caillat sits atop the album tally, followed by Shelton, Incubus, Adele, Sublime, Chris Young, Theory of a Deadman, Beyoncé, Bad Meets Evil and the unstoppable Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More.
LMFAO continue to rule the iTunes singles chart with their summer hit “Party Rock Anthem,” which beats out Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper,” Katy Perry’s “Last Friday (T.G.I.F.),” Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” and Hot Chelle Rae’s “Tonight Tonight.” Rounding out the top 10 at #6 are Lil Wayne’s “How to Love,” Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything,” Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” OneRepublic’s “Good Life” and Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem.”
Things should be fairly static next week, with the only new titles including a new Kidz Bop Kids title and albums from 311, 3 Doors Down and DJ Khaled.