I Look To You, Whitney Houston’s first new Arista/RMG studio album of original material in seven years, debuts at #1 on this week’s HITS sales chart, with a total topping 300k. Her last album (aside from a 2003 Christmas release), Just Whitney, debuted at #9 with 205k back in 2002.
Hollywood’s Miley Cyrus, last week’s #2 after her Wal-Mart exclusive album, The Time of Our Lives, went on sale before release date, remains in the same spot, with a total of 162k, a whopping 154% increase, thanks to the runaway smash, “Party in the U.S.A.”
Atlantic R&B smoothie Trey Songz is the week’s other Top 5 debut, nestling in at #3 with 136k for Ready, while Epic’s Chevelle (#7) and J/RMG’s Pitbull (#8) are the other Top 10 newcomers.
Epic’s late superstar Michael Jackson continues to hold down a pair of Top 10 slots, with Number Ones at #4 and Thriller at #9, the latter up another 59%.
No surprise here: "Run This Town" is simply awful -- even with Superstar Rihanna's supporting vocals.
When three artists who have all had 10 or more top 10 hit singles and are arguably all at the top of their game collaborate for a high profile single, you might think it would be the biggest new release of the week. However, when you go up against the hottest teen artist with a little bit of the wind of controversy at her back, then you'll just have to sit in the back seat and watch. That's the story behind the first week sales battle between "Run This Town" by Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West and Miley Cyrus' latest "Party In the USA."
The hottest new song in the country is Miley Cyrus' latest "Party in the USA" [with] an expected 200,000 copies sold.
"Run This Town" is the second single from Jay-Z's upcoming album The Blueprint 3. Billboard estimates the song will sell a total of 150-170,000 copies in its first week... Not shabby at all, but not good enough to be the hottest new single around.