Chris Brown will score his second #1 album in a row next week when Fortune debuts at the top of the Billboard 200 on sales of 135,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
Though Brown took the top spot in a slow week, he opened with about half the sales of his previous #1 debut, last year’s F.A.M.E., which moved 270,000 in its first frame. In part the lower sales may have to do with the failure to launch a breakout hit single so far. While F.A.M.E. featured a number of club and chart successes (“Yeah 3X,” “Look at Me Now” and “Beautiful People”), so far the Fortune singles “Turn Up the Music,” “Sweet Love” and “Till I Die” have failed to make a major impact on the charts.
The big news last week was a 99-cent Amazon fourth of July sale that helped goose the fortunes of a number of acts. Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream shot up 417 percent and 19 spots to #2 on sales of 80,000, while Gotye’s Making Mirrors moved 25 spots to #6 as sales ballooned by 248 percent to 44,000. Fun. crept up 16 to #7 with Some Nights (43,000, up 181 percent) and the Black Keys’ El Camino rushed up 45 spots to #10 on sales of 37,000 (up 396 percent).
The rest of the top 10: Justin Bieber, Believe (#3, 70,000, down 40 percent), Maroon 5, Overexposed (#4, 68,000, down 70 percent), Linkin Park, Living Things (#5, 64,000, down 72 percent), Kenny Chesney, Welcome to the Fishbowl (#8, 43,000, down 30 percent) and Adele, 21 (#9, 41,000).
Other artists in the top 20 that benefitted from the Amazon sale included: Jason Mraz (up 255 percent), Of Monsters And Men (up 229 percent), Lumineers (up 217 percent) and Florence + the Machine (up 425 percent). Perhaps the biggest surprise, though, was the surge by British singer Ellie Goulding, whose year-old Lights album rocketed up 95 spots to #21 on sales of 23,000 (up 444 percent).
Flo Rida hit #14 with Wild Ones (31,000) while a Walmart exclusive EP from “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips debuted at #25 (20,000).
Next week will feature chart debuts from country rocker Zac Brown Band, as well as the major-label bow of Odd Future member Frank Ocean, whose Channel Orange was rushed to iTunes a week early due to a leak.