Journey To Regionals, the soundtrack to Glee‘s final episode of Season 1, proved to be a vampire slayer when it came to beating the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack to #1 on the Billboard Top 200. The trade publication reports today that the Glee EP ended up selling 152,000 copies—enough to send Jack Johnson from the top to #4 and hold Eclipse (144,000 copies) at #2. So where did that leave Christina Aguilera?
Despite a media blitz last week that had her appearing on the MTV Movie Awards, the Today Show, the Late Show With David Letterman, Fuse TV, Live! With Regis And Kelly and CBS’ Early Show, Xtina only managed to sell 110,000 copies of Bionic. It debuts at #3 this week. By comparison, her previous studio album, Back To Basics, debuted at #1 in 2006 with 346,000 copies sold in its first week.
So what do we chalk Bionic‘s lackluster debut up to? Public indifference to first single “Not Myself Tonight”? Illegal downloading being more prevalent now than ever? Aguilera canceling her tour? Christina being past her prime?
Maybe, in the end, it’s a little of all of the above. Should Britney Spears be worried?
At any rate, the Top 10 also sees three other debuts as mainstays like Lady Gaga’s The Fame and Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond finally drop out of the upper tier—Plies’ Goon Affiliated comes in at #5 (56,000 copies), Dierks Bentley’s Up On The Ridge enters at #9 (38,000) and Jewel’s latest country affair, Sweet And Wild, debuts at #10 (31,000).
The Top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200 Albums:
1. Glee Cast, Glee: The Music—Journey To Regionals *new*
2. Various Artists, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse *new*
3. Christina Aguilera, Bionic *new*
4. Jack Johnson, To The Sea
5. Plies, Goon Affiliated *new*
6. Justin Bieber, My World 2.0
7. Glee Cast, Glee: The Music—Vol. 3, Showstoppers
8. Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
9. Dierks Bentley, Up On The Ridge *new*
10. Jewel, Sweet And Wild *new*