Republic RecordsBoth Pink and Jessie J have notched top-10 debuts with new albums on this week’s Billboard Top 200 album chart.
Coming in at at #4 is rose ave, the debut album from the musical duo You + Me. The duo features Pink and Canadian singer/songwriter Dallas Green. On her own, Pink has scored seven top-40 albums, while Green has scored two under his usual musical moniker, The City and Colour.
In a statement, Pink, who for this project is using her birth name of Alecia Moore, said, “We really had no intention for this to become what it is. We were just two friends getting together and doing what we love and I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished.”
Green adds, “I am so very thankful for my friend Alecia and the beautiful music we’ve made together. We had no idea what would come of these songs and knowing that people are listening and loving it as much as we do is humbling.“
Jessie’s new album, Sweet Talker, featuring the hits “Burnin’ Up” and “Bang Bang,” arrives at #10. It’s now her highest-charting U.S. album: her debut, Who You Are, debuted and peaked at #11 in 2011. Her second album wasn’t released in the U.S.
It’s worth noting that U2‘s much-maligned new album, Songs of Innocence, enters the chart at #9. While the album was downloaded 26 million times globally after the album was offered to iTunes users last month, those downloads were free, so they didn’t count toward a chart position. The album was made widely available for purchase last week and sold 28,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. This is U2′s first album since the release of 1987′s The Joshua Tree not to debut in the top three.
Sam Smith‘s debut album In the Lonely Hour has risen to #6 on a 53% sales gain, following his high-profile TV appearances on NBC’s Today show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The #1 album on the chart is from country duo Florida Georgia Line, who scored a huge pop hit with “Cruise.” This is their first #1 album on the general Billboard album chart, as opposed to the country album chart.
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