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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Guess Who Topped Ke$ha's First Week Sales?

Given the unrelenting catchiness of Ke$ha's single "Die Young," it's hard to believe her sophomore album Warrior wasn't a smash hit straight out of the gate. While Warrior managed to chart in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 this week, it proved less popular than a handful of older releases — including an album that's been around for a year.

Taylor Swift's Red nabbed the top spot for the fourth non-consecutive week, closely followed by Wiz Khalifa's O.N.I.F.C., which moved 141,000 copies. Rod Stewart's latest collection of mom-friendly holiday standards, Merry Christmas Baby, took the third spot, while One Direction's Live While We're Young held strong at No. 4. In fifth place, Michael Bublé's Christmas proved its staying power, leaving Ke$ha's Warrior the sixth place spot with approximately 85,000 copies sold.

A hit single does not always guarantee strong album sales. Carly Rae Jepsen had the year's most inescapable hit, but her full-length album Kiss debuted at No. 6 with 46,000 copies sold. But don't worry, Animals: With all the airplay it's getting, we expect Warrior to linger on the charts long into 2013.


Warren Parker III said...

It's a pretty decent album.

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