It looks like the blockee has become the blocker. Less than a week after the Black Keys lamented that Michael Jackson’s “bulls—” posthumous album Xscape might hinder their eighth album, Turn Blue, from reaching #1, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney can savor a victory over the late King of Pop.
The 2014 Hangout Festival headliners landed their first #1 debut thanks to sales of nearly 164,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. That was more than enough to leap over Jackson’s Xscape, which was just behind at #2 with 157,000 units shifted.
The other debuts in the top 10 came from country act Rascal Flatts, whose Rewind came in at #5 (61,000), country icon Dolly Parton’s Blue Smoke (37,000), Tori Amos’ Unrepentant Geraldines (#7 20,000) and Christian singer Michael W. Smith’s Sovereign (#10, 16,000). Just outside the top, pop funk group Chromeo landed at #11 with White Women (16,000).
The biggest chart bump of the week came from Demi Lovato, whose #Demiversary campaign paid off huge, when DEMI shot back into the top 200 after falling out the week before to land at #18 thanks to a 695 percent sales increase.
Don’t Stop Believin’
The Billboard Digital Songs chart was full of non-movers, with Ariana Grande still holding down #1 with “Problem,” (248,000) followed by partner Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (234,000) and DJ Snake & Lil Jon’s “Turn Down For What” (121,000).