When HDD was predicting last week’s top 15, they didn’t count on Lionel Richie being a game changer. He had a special on CBS on Friday night when few people watch television anyway. Well, those shut ins obviously know their way to a record store because the 50-55K that was predicted on Friday have become 125K predictions today. Right now, with 55.46% reporting in, Lionel is topping the chart with about 87K in sales. He’s predicted to top the BB200 for his third time, his first time in the SoundScan era (last time was in 1986 with “Dancing on the Ceiling”). People like Adele give me hope in the industry, but clearly, the buying public is hankering for some country covers of their favourite 80 tunes. We naysayers did not know the brilliance that Nigel has been offering us on Idol all this time.
Next up is a surging Goyte showing us that a hot single can move those units almost as well a CBS special. Nicki moves down to third in her second week and Adele finds herself in the unusual position of being out of the top 3. Rascal Flatts is 5th, Of Monsters & Men are 6th, Counting Crows are currently the highest debut at 7, Alabama Shakes (don’t ask me) is 8th, Hoodie Allen and Monica debut at 9th and 10th respectively.
Lurking right outside the top 10 is UK X-Factor’s 1D at 11. Kelly is our top Idol way down at 40, but she also appears on Jason Aldean’s album at 19. From our first Idol to our last, the only other Idol on our chart this week is Scotty at 45. Voice judge Blake Shelton is at 33 and Whitney Houston only has one album on the chart this week (17th).
CHART DATE: 04/16/2012
LAST UPDATE: 04/16/2012 11:06:55
NOW IN: 55.46%
LW TW artist / album label power index
4 1 LIONEL RICHIE TUSKEGEE 86,936
15 2 GOTYE MAKING MIRRORS 45,551
1 3 NICKI MINAJ PINK FRIDAY… ROMAN RELOADED 44,589
2 4 ADELE 21 44,008
3 5 RASCAL FLATTS CHANGED 18,785
6 6 OF MONSTERS & MEN MY HEAD IS AN ANIMAL 18,420
— 7 COUNTING CROWS UNDERWATER SUNSHINE 18,145
16 8 ALABAMA SHAKES BOYS & GIRLS 15,843
— 9 HOODIE ALLEN ALL AMERICAN 15,320
— 10 MONICA NEW LIFE 15,150
5 11 ONE DIRECTION UP ALL NIGHT 15,104
23 17 WHITNEY HOUSTON WHITNEY – THE GREATEST HITS 8,237
20 19 JASON ALDEAN MY KINDA PARTY 7,330
38 33 BLAKE SHELTON RED RIVER BLUE 4,327
13 40 KELLY CLARKSON STRONGER 3,295
26 45 SCOTTY MCCREERY CLEAR AS DAY 2,967
32 50 RIHANNA DEF TALK THAT TALK 2,597