Kelly Clarkson gets all she ever wanted: No. 1 album debut

03.18.09 8 years ago

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Kelly Clarkson returns to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time since her 2003 debut, “Thankful,” with her fourth album, “All I Ever Wanted”

The pop/rock album, which has garnered some of the best reviews of the “American Idol” first season winner’s career, was fronted by “My Life Would Suck Without You,” which soared to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Second single, “I Do Not Hook Up”  is already picking up steam and the album is chock-ful of singles. See our review here.

“All I Ever Wanted” sold 255,000 in its opening week, according to Billboard.   That’s 35,000 fewer than her last studio album, “My December,” which came in at No. 2 before dropping off quickly.

It’s a good week for the Billboard 200 as the top three albums all sold more than 100,000 (trust me, kids, there was a time when probably all of the albums in the top 10 sold more than 100,000, but those days are LONG gone). Coming it at No. 2 is R&B sensation The-Dream with “Love Vs. Money.” U2, with sales of 132,000, drops from No. 1 to No. 3. J. Holiday brings his second album, the aptly titled “Round 2” in at No. 4.

Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” drops to No. 5. I don’t remember the last time it was that low on the Billboard 200. It may have been the lowest she’s dropped since her album debuted 18 weeks ago.

Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell’s “Scream,” which paired him with producer Timbaland, comes in at No. 10. The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs come in at No. 32 with “It’s Blitz.”

Looking ahead to next week’s chart, nothing huge came out this past Tuesday, so expect the seats to rearrange a little among the top spots, but not too many Top 10 debuts.  

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