Idol Sales News – Week Ending 11/18/12

Update: “Take Me Home” #1 in 32 Countries (Press Release)
Shatters iTune pre-order record (130K)

It’s official! One Direction has notched their second number 1 album in a single year. And this second one comes in the very competitive Q3 season the week before Black Friday. “Take Me Home” debuted with 540K in sales last week to have the third largest sales week of the year (Taylor had 1.2M with “RED” and Mumford and Sons moved 600K units of “Babel”). “Up All Night” was released March 31st of this year and opened with 176K in sales.

Billboard notes that One Direction is the first group to debut their first two albums at the top of the charts since Danity Kane (a group put together as part of MTV’s “Making the Band”) and the second act this year to have two number one albums within 6 months of each other (Justin Bieber is the other releasing “Believe” this year within 6 months of his Christmas album last year).

Well done, lads!

While One Direction is the very epitome of a manufactured boy band, they’ve haven’t stopped working all year, work the charm like crazy and obviously listen to their label team. Awesome job by all parties (and even though I dislike Simon, I have to give him credit for recognizing what he had here and going all out to make it happen. I do respect him for that).

This is the weekly sales thread. Please post numbers as you find them. Thanks!

Album numbers:

1 1 * ONE DIRECTION TAKE ME HOME 539665 999 575
1 12 * BOYLE*SUSAN STANDING OVATION: THE GREATEST 46511 999 27
5 21 19 24 * MCCREERY*SCOTTY CHRISTMAS WITH SCOTTY 23476 16 20264
36 23 23 26 * ONE DIRECTION UP ALL NIGHT 23339 29 18046
29 12 26 35 UNDERWOOD*CARRIE BLOWN AWAY 16427 -6 17462
1 45 * PENTATONIX PTXMAS 11601 0
2 28 66 GLEE CAST GLEE: THE MUSIC PRESENTS GLEAS 8202 -50 16430
7 46 56 79 EVANCHO*JACKIE SONGS FROM THE SILVER SCREEN 7187 5 6851
2 191 92 * BOYLE*SUSAN THE GIFT 5989 116 2774
7 92 114 147 LLOYD*CHER STICKS & STONES 4143 0 4140
1 178 * MANDISA IT’S CHRISTMAS 3567 242 1042

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