With 54.02% of reports now in, it is a Now-apalooza. There are no fewer than 4 “NOW” albums in the top 50. Leading the charge, and debuting in top spot, is NOW 43. It leads off with Idol’s Carly Rae Jepsen’s song of the summer, “Call Me Maybe”. The album also includes a track from each of UK XF’s S7 alumnis, One Direction and Cher Lloyd. XF US judge Demi Lovato and Voice Judge Adam Levine also have tracks.
The other “NOW” debuting this week is “NOW Party Anthems”. Why not? These things sell like hot cakes so expect even more “NOW” themes. In any event, turns out the reality shows can churn out the party anthems as well. American Idol’s Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” is on there and then there are the judges. Britney Spears represents XF US while both Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera represent the Voice. This album is at 25th.
Now 42 keeps chugging along (27). It’s lead-off track is from Idol’s Kelly Clarkson and it also has a UK XF One Direction ditty. Voice judge Adam Levine is also featured. Finally, there is NOW Country 5 (28), this time with Voice judge Blake Shelton. Where are you Cee Lo?
Last week’s chart topper, Rick Ross is currently in 2nd, Elle Varner has the top non-compilation debut and is in third. Justin Bieber and One Direction battle it out for the Tiger Beat demographic at 4th and 5th (while the Kidz Bop hovers in 7th). The Zac Brown Band are chilling at 6th, Adele doesn’t need no stinkin’ Olympics to be at 8th, Maroon 5 (featuring Voice judge Adam Levine) is 9th and fun., riding high with their second single after a car commercial introduced them to the world, is 10th.
Carrie Underwood is our top solo Idol at 12th, Phil has his Walmart album at 26th and Kelly is at 36th. Kelly also appears on Jason Aldean’s album at 33rd. The Sparkle Soundtrack features Jordin Sparks and is currently at 30th prior to the movie coming out. To prove Idol judges can chart, there is JLo at 42nd (hoping that she can still churn out those hits when she doesn’t have a weekly platform on Idol).
CHART DATE: 08/13/2012
LAST UPDATE: 08/13/2012 11:58:41
NOW IN: 54.02%
LW TW artist / album label power index
— 1 NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 43 VARIOUS ARTISTS 83,618
1 2 RICK ROSS GOD FORGIVES, I DON’T 41,187
— 3 ELLE VARNER PERFECTLY IMPERFECT 24,886
3 4 JUSTIN BIEBER BELIEVE 23,294
4 5 ONE DIRECTION UP ALL NIGHT 22,559
2 6 ZAC BROWN BAND UNCAGED 22,294
5 7 KIDZ BOP KIDS KIDZ BOP 22 19,418
7 8 ADELE 21 19,261
8 9 MAROON 5 OVEREXPOSED 15,944
22 10 FUN. SOME NIGHTS 15,454
20 12 CARRIE UNDERWOOD BLOWN AWAY 13,455
— 25 NOW PARTY ANTHEMS CAPITOL/EMI 7,177
48 26 PHILLIP PHILLIPS 19/INTERSCOPE 6,503
AMERICAN IDOL EP
30 27 NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 42 CAPITOL/EMI 6,425
— 28 NOW COUNTRY 5 UME 5,838
26 30 SPARKLE SOUNDTRACK 4,403
39 33 JASON ALDEAN MY KINDA PARTY 3,982
— 36 KELLY CLARKSON STRONGER 2,918
42 42 JENNIFER LOPEZ DANCE AGAIN… THE HITS 2,566
35 50 MUMFORD & SONS SIGH NO MORE 1,456