Today’s thread is brought to you by the numbers 3, 9 and 1958.
Former Idol Judge (although she would probably like to forget that) Mariah Carey sees her perennial Christmas hit “All I Want for Christmas is You” hit the top of the Hot 100 for the very first time. It’s the first time a Christmas song has been number one since “The Chipmunk Song” in 1958/59. Mariah first released AIWFCIY in 1994, so it has taken 25 years for the song to hit number one.The song has 45.6M streams (#1), 27K downloads (#1) and 34.4M AI (#27). I think it may surprise some that this Christmas song charted largely based on major streams rather than just airplay.
Speaking of 1958, another song released that year hits an all-time high. Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” has its best week ever at number 3 on the Hot 100. Brenda was just 13 years old when she recorded that song and she is 75 now.
“Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” from Roddy Ricch debuted at number one on the BB 200 this week. It moves 101K equivalent albums. The Who’s “Who” is number 2 with 89K in sales.
Camila Cabello’s “Romance” is number 3. Camila earns 86K in equivalent album sales. This is the X-Factor’s star’s second album and it moved 56K traditional albums, 30K SEAs (40.6M streams) and 2K TEAs. This is the third highest debut for a pop female in 2019 (Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande are the only ones to exceed Camila). Camila’s first album “Camila” opened with 119K equivalent albums.
Pentatonix’s compilation album “The Best of Pentatonix” is number 9 on the BB200 with 52K in equivalent album sales.