Who has enough mojo to beat out the soundtrack to one of the year’s most-anticipated movies? How about Mac Miller? Right about now, the Pittsburgh rapper is probably having the best day ever because, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, his independently released debut full-length album, Blue Slide Park, is going to debut at #1 on the Billboard albums chart next week, thanks to sales of more than 144,000.
The feat by the 19-year-old MC marks the first time an indie debut release has hit #1 since 1995’s Dogg Food by Tha Dogg Pound.
A bit further back at #3 is NOW 40, which moved 119,000 copies, followed by “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” soundtrack (105,000) with tunes by the Joy Formidable, Theophilus London, Iron & Wine, Christina Perri and the Noisettes. The two other debuts in the top 10 are by Aventura lead singer Romeo Santos, Formula Vol. 1 (#9, 62,000), and Il Divo’s Wicked Game (#10, 61,000).
The rest of the top 10: Michael Bublé, Christmas (#2, 123,000); Adele, 21 (#5, 104,000); Justin Bieber, Under the Mistletoe (#6, 97,000); Susan Boyle, Someone to Watch Over Me (#7, 72,000) and Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto (#8, 70,000).
After debuting at #6 last week, Florence + the Machine’s Ceremonials slipped to #12 (44,000), while hard rockers Disturbed entered the charts at #13 with Lost Children (43,000), and rapper Wale tumbled 13 spots from his debut to #15 with Ambition (41,000). Further down the line, the debut album from Oasis co-founder Noel Gallagher, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds , managed a #18 bow on sales of 19,000.
Miller doubled up by topping the iTunes albums chart as well, beating out the “Twilight” soundtrack, which was followed by Coldplay, Adele, Florence + the Machine, advance orders for Drake’s Take Care, Bublé, Disturbed, Santos and the NOW compilation.
It was still Rihanna’s world on the iTunes singles chart, though, as “We Found Love” held the #1 spot, ahead of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” Taylor Swift’s “If This Was a Movie,”
Adele’s “Someone Like You,” Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling,” Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain,” Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” and Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks.”