The numbers are in from last weeks album releases. “Weird Al” Yankovic and Jason Mraz were the two artists vying for the number one spot and the winner is, “Weird Al”. Mandatory Fun becomes Weird Al’s first number one album of his career. The album sold 104,000 copies surpassing the sales of Jason Mraz’s, YES!, which only sold 80,000 copies. Mandatory Fun is also the first comedy album since 1963 (Allan Sherman – My Son, The Nut) to top the Billboard 200 and the largest sales of a comedy album since 1996’s, The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience, which sold 118,000 copies. Although this album is the highest charting of “Weird Al’s” previous works, it is not his debut to the Top 10. His 2006 album, Straight Outta Lynwood, and 2011s, Alpocalypse, debuted at #9 and #10 respectively.
Jazon Mraz came in at #2 with the 80,000 copies sold for Yes! This becomes his 4th Top 10 album although the sales are down from his previous album, Love Is a Four Letter Word, which sold 102,000 in its first week.
As opposed to the previous weeks of the chart, the landscape has changed quite a bit. In at #3 is Rise Against with their album, The Black Market. Taking the #4 slot is Kidz Bop 26. Frozen remains in the top 5 as it slips down three spots from it’s last weeks position at #2. This makes it its 30th consecutive week in the Top 5.
Coming in at #6 is Sam Smith‘s, In The Lonely Hour, which falls three spots from the previous week. It’s followed by Ed Sheeran’s, X, which fell from #5 to #7 this week. Now 50 comes in at #8 and Trey Songz holds tight in the top 10 with Trigga in at #9. Rounding off the top 10 is Blake Shelton‘s, Based On a True Story… ,which surged 53 spots this week.
5 Seconds of Summer just released their self-titled debut and I’m pretty sure they’re vying for the #1 spot. Only time will tell how much the chart changes up again.
Until next time…