Ariana Grande’s ‘My Everything’ Has No Problem Hitting No. 1

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 09.03.14 in News

Now Ariana Grande‘s My Everything really does have everything. The Nickelodeon alumna has had three songs in the top 10 of Billboard‘s Hot 100 in recent weeks: Zedd team-up “Break Free,” Iggy Azalea-abetting chart-topper “Problem” and her “Bang Bang” combo with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J. Little shock, then, that her somewhat uneven follow-up to last year’s sterling Yours Truly has landed the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

More intriguing, though, is Grande’s company at this perch. Yours Truly hit No. 1, too, making her the first woman to have her first two albums bow at the top of the charts since Susan Boyle in 2009 and 2010. With sales of 169,000 in the week ended August 31, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Grande has also notched the second-biggest sales week this year for a woman. Who’s in first? Lana Del Rey, with Ultraviolence (182K).

The big news out of the rest of the top 10 is the ongoing decline of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, which lost the No. 1 spot last week to Wiz Khalifa’s Blacc Hollywood and has now slipped to No. 4 (48K). Still not bad for an old cassette tape. Brad Paisley‘s Moonshine in the Trunk opens at No. 2 (53K), while R&B singer Kem’s Promise to Love: Album IV, doing its title one better, debuts at No. 3 (52K). The rest of the top 10 includes Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour (No. 5, 30K) and the previously mentioned Blacc Hollywood (No. 6, 30K), followed by the chart-icing Frozen soundtrack (No. 7, 27K), plus Now 51 (No. 8, 25K), 5 Seconds of Summer’s self-titled debut (No. 9, 22K) and Avenged Sevenfold’s reissue of 2003′s Waking the Fallen (No. 10, 22K).

If an 11-year-old album by Avenged Sevenfold cracking the top 10 wasn’t enough of an indicator, album sales remain lackluster, at best. Overall album sales in the last week were 4.2 million copies, down 15 percent compared with the equivalent period last year. Album sales year-to-date total 158.7 million, off last year’s pace by 15 percent.

One person who has been seizing the moment to dominate the charts, though — at least in Britain — is Kate Bush. Returning to the stage for the first time in 35 years, the “Running Up That Hill” singer became the first woman to place eight albums among the top 40 U.K. full-lengths all at once. The Whole Story (No. 6) and Hounds of Love (No. 9) even cracked the top 10. This is Beatles/Elvis status, and it could hardly happen to a more deserving artist. Someone should take a picture.

Over on the Hot 100, Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off” held on for a second week at No. 1. Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” was in second, followed by Grande and company with “Bang Bang” at third.