Perry tops US chart

Perry tops US chart

US sales of Teenage Dream exceeded 192,000, earning the 25 year old her first number one album in her homeland. Her 2008 Capitol debut, One Of The Boys, reached only number nine.

Had Katy Perry not dethroned Eminem, Fantasia would. The 26 year old, who won the third season of American Idol in 2004, has been in the public eye of late for all the wrong reasons, following personal traumas culminating in an overdose. Although her debut album Free Yourself (2004) and follow-up Fantasia (2006) had higher first-week sales, her new album Back To Me scores the highest debut/chart placing of Fantasia's career, debuting at number two on sales of 117,000.

After nine straight weeks in the top two, all with six figure sales, Recovery dips to number three, and sells just 98,000 copies.

There are also significant debuts for Usher, who scores his sixth Top 10 hit, debuting at number four with Versus (46,000 sales); country group Little Big Town, into the Top 10 for the first time with their fourth album, The Reason Why, debuting at number five on sales of 42,000 - a significant improvement on the number 24 peak of their last album, A Place To Land in 2007; The Randy Rogers Band, a country quintet from Texas, who debut at number eight (29,000 sales) to secure their first Top 10 entry with fifth album Burning The Day; and Christian metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada, whose five song, 21 minute EP Zombie scares up a number 10 placing on sales of 25,000 copies.

It's a poor week for British talent, with 15 fallers, three drop-outs and just one climber on the album chart.

Both of the UK acts who were in the Top 10 last week suffer heavy falls, with Iron Maiden's The Final Frontier ebbing 4-20, and David Gray's Foundling flatlining 9-54. Although Mumford & Son's Sigh No More actually increases sales marginally week-on-week to 18,000, they also join the losers, falling 19-21.

Elsewhere in the top half of the chart, Cat Stevens' Opus Collection: A Journey dips 38-50, Ozzy Osbourne's Scream fades 58-80 and Florence + The Machine's Lungs limps 88-96.

Even Taio Cruz's Rokstarr, one of the star performers in recent weeks, is out of favour, falling 54-69. Cruz's second single, Dynamite, is also in trouble, falling to number three on the Hot 100 after three weeks at number two. Its sales are off 11% week-on-week to 178,000, lifting its career tally to 2,201,000.

It now lags behind Eminem feat. Rihanna's Love The Way You Lie, which clocks up a seventh straight week at number one, and the title track of Katy Perry's Teenage Dream album, which narrowly fails to complete a double for the Californian, debuting at number two.

The only British album to climb this week, incidentally, is Muse's The Resistance, which rallies 144-137 on its 50th appearance in the chart.


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