Lil Wayne rebounds to the top of U.S. album chart
Who says CDs are dead?
Two weeks after being released digitally, Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" shoots up more than 400% and 15 slots to No. 1 on the heels of the album's physical release, selling 125,000 copies in the week that ended Oct. 17.
The rapper's album debuted at No. 2 following its digital release, then dropped to No. 16 last week. Rarely do albums rise to No. 1, as the top slot is generally a position where albums debut. The "Twilight Saga: New Moon" soundtrack did it earlier this year and Radiohead's "In Rainbows" -- which was first released as a "pay as you wish" download" -- famously did it in January 2008.
Lil Wayne's arrival pushed Darius Rucker's second album of country music, "Charleston, SC 1966," to No. 2 on sales of 101,000, according to data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Half the Top 10 is occupied by albums in their first week of release. The Nickelodeon TV band Big Time Rush opened at No. 3 selling 67,000 copies; the Band Perry's self-titled album moved 53,000 to come in a slot lower; Sufjan Stevens' had his best sales week ever -- 36,000 -- to position "Age of Adz" at No. 7; and All That Remains' "For We Are Many" bowed at No. 10, selling 29,000.
Last week's chart-topper, Toby Keith's "Bullets in the Gun," was down 58 percent, slipping to No. 9.
Other debuts in the Top 40 included Belle & Sebastian's "Write About Love" selling 22,000 (No. 15); Far East Movement's "Free Wired" connecting with 17,000 (No. 24); Trapt's "No Apologies" moving 16,000 (No. 25); Joshua Radin's "Rock and the Tide" flowing with 13,000 (No. 31); and Marco Antonio Solis' "En Total Plenitud" selling 10,000 (No. 38).
The Orb's album with former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, "Metallic Spheres," debuted at No. 73, selling 4,600 copies. Antony and the Johnsons' fourth studio album, "Swanlights," moved 4,300 to bow at No. 122.
Lady Antebellum is first in line to deck the halls, selling 18,000 copies of "Merry Little Christmas" to hang No. 23 on their tree. Sheryl Crow's Target exclusive "Home for Christmas" was wrapped up by 3,300 to pop in at No. 164.
Taylor Swift's "Back to December," the third single to be released prior to the Oct. 25 release of her album "Speak Now," is No. 1 on the singles chart with digital sales of 241,000.