Sunday, March 30, 2014

Album Sweep: April 5, 2014 - Part One...


Hey gang, it's time to kick off the first half of this week's "album sweep", sampling the records making their first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top 200 Albums sales chart this week. As always, I've included highlighted links to buy anything here as well as some of the artists' other work - support the talent!

Like the winter that never ends, the top-selling album of the week for a seventh non-consecutive week is the soundtrack to Frozen, which has its biggest week ever selling over 200,000 copies...

The top debut of the high is the first full-length album from Compton rapper YG with My Krazy Life at #2...


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Modern rock trio Foster The People land at #3 with their sophomore effort Supermodel. Both their albums have made the top-10...


Dubstep king Skrillex comes in at #4 with his first full-length set Recess...


Hard rock band The Pretty Reckless, led by singer and actress Taylor Momsen, enter at #5 with their second album Going To Hell.  It's their first to make the top-10 (and even the top-40) on the albums chart...


Enrique Iglesias is back with his tenth studio album Sex and Love at #8. It's his third set to reach the top-10; in 2001 he went to #2 with Escape...


Long Island-based emo rockers Taking Back Sunday are in at #10 with their sixth studio effort Happiness Is. It's their fourth top-10 album; in 2006 their Louder Now peaked at #2...


The Northern Irish Christian music act the Rend Collective ascend to #13 with their fourth album The Art Of Celebration...


On the other side of the religious music spectrum, Christian metal band Demon Hunter scores their third top-40 album and highest rank to date with Extremist at #16...


Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates debuts at #17 with his first to make the chart, By Any Means...


Ambient act Tycho, led by musician Scott Hansen, have their first album on the big chart with Awake at #23...


Philly indie-rockers The War On Drugs come in at #26 with their third album Lost In The Dream, their first to make the top 200...


The Official 2014 ACM Awards Zinepak, containing a magazine and a CD each of established artists and newcomers, enters the chart at #28...


My queen, Kylie Minogue, places her third album in the top-40 with Kiss Me Once at #31. Back in 2001 she took Fever to #3...


Rapper Freddie Gibbs from Indiana teams up with Californian Madlib on Pinata at #39. It's a first chart appearance for either of them...


That's it for the first half of the bunch. Out of these fourteen, the three I would pick first are the Kylie Minogue, Foster The People, and Pretty Reckless...

I'll return tomorrow with part two...




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