Country singer Eric Church will score his first #1 album on the Billboard 200 next week with his third effort, Chief. But it’s an artist who’s been absent from the tally for nearly five years that made the biggest noise: Amy Winehouse.
According to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, Church moved 145,000 copies of his album, more than enough to push chart champ Adele back down to #2, as her unstoppable 21 gives up the top spot on sales of 83,000 while passing the 2.8 million mark.
And while former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland makes a splash at #3 with her third solo album, Here I Am , it’s the name just behind her that provides some déjà vu. More than a week after her yet-unexplained death at age 27, Amy Winehouse’s smash 2006 album, Back to Black , moves up five spots to #4, as sales rose another 44 percent from the previous week to 54,000. Winehouse’s 2003 debut, Frank, also makes a strong return, moving up 24 spots to #33 after sales picked up by another 58 percent to 12,000.
The only other new face in the top 10 is another British soul singer, Joss Stone, whose indie effort, LP1, comes in at #9 on sales of 30,000.
The rest of the top 10: Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party (#5, 42,000), Beyoncé’s 4 (#6, 41,000), Kidz Bop 20 (#7, 39,000), Blake Shelton’s Red River Blue (#8, 31,000) and Bad Meets Evil’s Hell: The Sequel (#10, 26,000).
A couple of acts that debuted in the top 10 last week have slipped out of it, including rockers 3 Doors Down, who move down 10 to #13 with Time of My Life (23,000) and DJ Khaled, whose We the Best Forever drops nine to #14 (21,000).
Sales remained strong for “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery, with his digital season 10 collection moving up five spots to #21 on sales of 16,000, while runner-up Lauren Alaina got a similar boost, moving up 20 slots to #89 with her digital collection (5,000).
Further down the line, the Wu-Tang Clan’s Legendary Weapons has a modest bow at #41 with just a shade under 10,000 units moved, and the signal fades for mellow rockers 311, as their Universal Pulse tumbles 37 spots in week two to #44 (9,000, down 80 percent).
Church has also locked down the #1 spot on the iTunes album chart, with Winehouse’s Black just behind, followed by Adele, pre-orders for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s joint album Watch the Throne, Rowland, Stone, Bad Meets Evil, Mumford & Sons’ Sigh no More, Winehouse’s Frank and Foster the People’s Torches.
LMFAO continue their summer jam domination on the iTunes singles chart with “Party Rock Anthem,” which beats out Bad Meets Evil’s “Lighters,” Katy Perry’s record-setting “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” and Hot Chelle Rae’s “Tonight Tonight.” Lil Wayne is at #6 with “How to Love,” followed by Kanye and Jigga’s “Otis,” Britney Spears’ “I Wanna Go,” Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”
Look for more movement at the top next week as Trace Adkins, Greyson Chance and O.A.R. make their chart debuts.