Whitney Houston Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200
Like a true diva, Whitney Houston returns to the Billboard 200 in grand style. "I Look To You" becomes Houston's fourth No. 1 album on the chart, debuting with 305,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It's by far Houston's best opening sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. Her previous best opening week since that year came when 2002's "Just Whitney" bowed at No. 9 in the thick of the Christmas holiday shopping season with 205,000.
"I Look To You" is also the singer's first chart-topper since the Houston-fueled "The Bodyguard" soundtrack spent 20 weeks at No. 1 in 1993. "Look" and "Bodyguard" are joined by Houston's two previous toppers: her self-titled set in 1986, and her 1987 sophomore set, "Whitney." The latter was also the first album from a woman to debut at No. 1, which it did did on the Billboard 200 chart dated June 27, 1987.
In addition to Houston's return, five other new albums grace the top 10 of the Billboard 200. Trey Songz's "Ready" is the second-biggest bow of the week, starting at No. 3 with 131,000, while rap act Insane Clown Posse captures its second top 10 album as "Bang! Pow! Boom!" crashes in at No. 4 with 50,000. Rock band Chevelle sees its "Sci-Fi Crimes" effort enter at No. 6 with 46,000, while Pitbull's "Rebelution" starts at No. 8 with 41,000. Rounding out the top 10's new entries is the Used's "Artwork," which debuts at No. 10 with 35,000.
Miley Cyrus' "The Time Of Our Lives" EP scoots up one spot to No. 2 with 153,000 (up 146%) after its first full week of sales. It debuted last week with just three days of sales after it hit stores on Friday, Aug. 28 -- three days earlier than expected.
Last week's No. 1, Colbie Caillat's "Breakthrough," falls to No. 5 with 47,000 (down 56%), while Kings of Leon's "Only By The Night" slips three rungs to No. 7 with 45,000 (down 14%). Taylor Swift's "Fearless" continues its remarkable chart run, holding at No. 9 with 35,000 (up 4%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Sept. 6) totaled 6.29 million units, up 8% compared to the sum last week (5.82 million) and down 7% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (6.75 million). Year to date album sales stand at 237.4 million, down 14% compared to the same total at this point last year (277.6 million).
根據Nielsen SoundScan的統計，I LOOK TO YOU是惠媽的第四張專輯榜冠軍大碟(其中一張為1992年的終極保鑣電影原聲帶)。惠媽世紀回歸大碟I LOOK TO YOU首張的銷量達到305,000張，是其個人唱片首週銷售最好的成績。
此次首週銷售的好成績，是在1991年的I'm Your Baby Tonight專輯之後，最好的一次。2002年的Just Whitney專輯選在聖誕檔期發片，首週的銷售成績是205,000張。
惠妮第一次拿下專輯榜冠軍是在1986年，以個人首張同名專輯拿下冠軍寶座。第二次拿下專輯榜冠軍是在June 27, 1987，以個人第二張專輯拿下。1993年的終極保鑣原聲帶，則是在排行榜上盤據冠軍寶座20周。
I Look To You Debuts at #1 - Over 300,000 sold!
WHITNEY WOWS WORLDWIDE!!!
WHITNEY HOUSTON'S I LOOK TO YOU DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ACROSS THE GLOBE
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(New York, NY - September 9, 2009) Proving that it was well worth the wait, Whitney Houston's long-awaited album I Look To You debuts at No. 1 on several charts across the world, including the US Top Albums and R&B Album charts, according to Nielsen/Soundscan. With 304,801 units sold within the first week of release in the US, this marks Whitney's biggest first week sales of her career and the best selling first week by a female artist this year! Houston's No. 1 position extends across the globe and claims the top spots in Canada, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.
Led by the dual release of the album title track and "Million Dollar Bill" at radio, coupled with presale promotional campaigns on Amazon.com, QVC and iTunes, and a heavily promoted appearance on Good Morning America, the chart-topping result marks the official return of "The Voice."
And the critics agree! The New York Times boasts that Whitney "re-emerges with full diva qualifications," USA Today said: "Strong, confident and ready, she clearly hadn't forgotten how to sing imbuing the material with emotional power." The Washington Post cites I Look To You "hits all the right marks" and the Associated Press states "the pop queen still has a dazzling voice that can leave you spellbound."
The spell will continue next week when Whitney Houston launches the 24th season of The Oprah Winfrey Show with a two-day event, inclusive of what Oprah calls "the best interview I've ever done," and an emotional performance of "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" that had "grown men and women weeping in the aisles" according to Oprah’s recent Twitter post. "The Oprah Winfrey Show: Season Premiere: Oprah And Whitney Houston – The First Interview" airs Monday, September 14, 2009. "The Oprah Winfrey Show: Season Premiere Part II: Whitney Houston's Show-Stopping Surprise" airs Tuesday, September 15, 2009 (check local listings).
Source:Whitney Houston's official site
Whitney Houston Debuts Atop Euro Chart
Whitney Houston mirrors her Billboard 200 success with a No. 1 debut on European Top 100 Albums with her comeback set "I Look To You" (Arista/RCA/Sony Music Entertainment). There's also a new champion on European Hot 100 Singles, where David Guetta scores his second No. 1 in less than two months with "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva/Virgin/EMI), featuring Akon.
Houston was last on the pan-European survey at the end of 2007 with Arista's "Ultimate Collection," which reached No. 10. The 2002 ballads retrospective "Love, Whitney" reached only No. 44, while 2000's "The Greatest Hits" made No.2. Houston's last studio album, 1998's "My Love Is Your Love," reached No. 1 during an epic 67-week run on the European survey, and was certified for shipments of three million units across the region. "I Look To You" posts best-selling starts in Germany and Italy, other arrivals including No. 2 in Sweden and No. 3 in France. The set is out in the U.K. on Oct. 19.
Guetta's "One Love" album maintains second place on the composite survey, falling 1-2 in France, 2-3 in the United Kingdom, 3-4 in Ireland and 2-5 in Germany. It's still No. 1 in the Belgian region of Wallony. Last week's pan-European chart-topper, Arctic Monkeys' "Humbug" (Domino), falls to No. 3 despite a second week as the U.K.'s most popular artist album on sales of 35,000. It dips 1-3 in Ireland and 2-8 in France.
Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" (Interscope/Universal) is down 3-4 overall, as it descends 3-4 in Wallony, 4-5 in the United Kingdom and 3-5 in France. Also down one place each on the aggregate chart are Michael Jackson's "King of Pop" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) and Lady GaGa's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal), to Nos. 5 and 6 respectively.
New at No. 7 on Top 100 Albums is "Die Leibe Bleibt" (Koch) by Argentina-born "schlagers" artist Semino Rossi, after a No. 2 start in Germany. Kings of Leon's "Only By The Night" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) is up 20-8 in its 50th week on the composite survey, after the band's U.K.-televised appearances at the Reading and Leeds Festival produced a 22-4 turnaround there on new sales of 19,000.
German hip-hop, reggae and funk artist Jan Delay's "Wir Kinder Vom Bahnhof Soul" (Universal) is down 6-9 overall, falling 1-3 in Germany, while Beyoncé's "I Am...Sasha Fierce" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) descends 8-10, despite moving 11-10 in Spain.
"Sexy Chick," which climbs 4-1 on the European Hot 100, follows Guetta's two weeks atop the survey in July with "When Love Takes Over," featuring Kelly Rowland, which this week holds at No. 3 Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" thus falls 1-2 while the highest new entry is "Run This Town" (Roc Nation/Atlantic/Warner Music) by Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West at No. 5, after a U.K. debut at No. 1 on sales of 62,000.