Singer Ariana Grande did what many expected of her: she debuted at #1 with her debut album Yours Truly. The 20-year old Nickelodeon star sold 135,000 copies of her debut disc to land at the top of the Billboard charts. With singles such as “The Way” with Mac Miller and “Right There” with Big Sean dominating radio, Grande seemed destined for the top of the charts with her stunning vocals and easy comparisons to Mariah Carey.
Sliding in behind Grande is Tamar Braxton who’s Love & War album sold an impressive 117,000 copies. “The One” singer burst on the scene with her show stealing turn on Braxton Family Values and instantly became a fan favorite. Her shocking rise is even more impressive considering that she outsold returning rockers Nine Inch Nails latest disc Hesitation by only 15,000 copies. The industrial outfit comes in at #3 selling over 100,000 copies.
Elsewhere on the R&B side of things, John Legend comes in at #5 with Love In The Future, selling 65,000 copies. It’s Legend’s fourth consecutive top 5 debut following his three previous albums which went double platinum, platinum and gold respectively. Robin Thicke stays in the top 10 with Blurred Lines selling 57,000 copies, just a bit above Jahiem whose newest album Appreciation Day came in at number 7.
Last week’s chart winner Avenge Sevenfold suffered a 76% drop from last week’s sales, racking up barely 40,000 sales with Hail To The King this week to land at #8. Juicy J’s Stay Trippy drops 11 spots from its #4 debut to sell 21,000 copies and Big Sean’s Hall Of Fame plummets 23 spots to #26 with Hall Of Fame selling 16,000 copies, a 77% decrease from his 78,000 copy opening week.