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Memory Almost Full debuts at Billboard #3.

Were you surprised how well Memory Almost Full debuted on the charts? From the sounds of things it was a tight, dare I say exciting week to be an album at the top of the Billboard charts.  At first there was a mix-up, MAF was on top, then it wasn’t.  MAF was listed in the 5th slot, and then it finished out at #3.  Not a bad debut for a senior citizen with little radio support other than “adult contemporary” behind him. 

Do you think Memory Almost Full will hit #1, or will it plummet off the charts quickly.  With all of the buzz, and new iTunes commercial, which is great too, we think it will snake it’s way up to #1.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.  What do you think?

Here’s what we’ve read.

-Pain’s sophomore album “Epiphany” enters on top of The Billboard 200 in a week where six of the top 10 albums are new releases. With sales fueled by the MC’s high-powered single “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’),” the Konvict/Nappy Boy/Jive set moved 171,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. T-Pain’s 2005 debut, “Rapper Ternt Sanga,” only reached No. 40, selling 47,000 copies in its first week.

Rihanna’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” bows at No. 2 with 162,000. The set’s lead single, “Umbrella,” currently crowns the Hot 100. This SRP/Def Jam effort is the singer’s third release in two years, with each album achieving a better start than its predecessor. 2005’s “Music of the Sun” began at No. 10 with 68,000, while 2006’s “A Girl Like Me” started at No. 5 with 115,000.

Paul McCartney earns his third best charting debut since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991 with “Memory Almost Full,” which sold 161,000. This album marks the former Beatle’s first effort through Starbucks’ Hear Music label after a 45-year association with EMI. McCartney’s only higher debuts came with 2002’s “Back in the U.S. Live 2002” (No. 8, 224,000) and 2001’s “Wingspan: Hits and History” (No. 2, 221,000).

After debuting at the summit last week, R. Kelly’s “Double Up” (Jive) slips to No. 4 with 121,000, a 69% sales decrease. Maroon 5’s A&M/Octone effort “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” falls 2-5 with 112,000 (-35%).

Country duo Big & Rich scores a No. 6 start on The Billboard 200 and opens at No. 1 on Top Country Albums with “Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace” (Warner Bros.), which moved 103,000. The group’s last set, “Comin’ To Your City,” stopped at No. 7 on the big chart in 2005; its 2004 debut, “Horse of a Different Color,” also peaked at No. 6.


Linkin Park’s “Minutes to Midnight” (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) descends 3-7 with 96,000 (-24%). Elsewhere, Marilyn Manson returns to The Billboard 200 with “Eat Me, Drink Me” (Interscope) at No. 8 on sales of 88,000. Manson’s last set, 2003’s “The Golden Age of Grotesque,” debuted at No. 1 with 118,000.

Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee earns his first top 10 album as “El Cartel: The Big Boss” slides in at No. 9 with 82,000, enough to take over the Top Latin Albums chart. His previous Billboard 200 best came with 2005’s ” Barrio Fino: En Directo,” which peaked at No. 24. Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” falls 6-10 despite a 33% sales increase to 67,000.

The Police’s self-titled A&M greatest hits collection enters the chart at No. 11 with 58,000, a return to the chart after a five-year absence. “The Very Best of … Sting & the Police” peaked at No. 46 in 2002.

Other big debuts this week include Chris Cornell’s second solo set “Carry On” (Interscope) at No. 17 with 37,000; Dream Theater’s “Systematic Chaos” (Roadrunner) with 36,000 at No. 19, a charting best; Bruce Springsteen and his Sessions Band’s “Live in Dublin” at No. 23 with 31,000; Carl Thomas’ “So Much Better” (Bungalow) at No. 25 with 28,000; the “Vans Warped Tour: 2007 Tour” compilation (Side One Dummy) at No. 31 with 22,000; and veteran rock act Poison’s “POISON’D!” (Capitol) at No. 32 with 21,000.

Album sales are up 5.3% from last week’s total at 8.75 million units and down 8.3% compared to the same week last year.

Source: Billboard


5 Responses

  1. ok,i don’t follow always music charts,because i think these are just numbers which could increasing or decreasing from time to time.but what i really think is sir Paul will charting soon just for arriving at the top!it’s sure!i think now,to be on the third position for him,is already much!but i think he doesn’t give up!he’s like a lion,he must to be the king!the king of the music!GO SIR PAUL!GO STRAIGHT TO THE THRONE!!!

  2. for all Mccartney’s fans: look at this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24MD-v0IgYA&mode=related&search= and looking carefully,there’s a really nice surprise for you!;-)

  3. This is Paul’s best album in years. He really rocks out on a few tunes. And without any airplay. It’a ashame that radio has become stagnant and only plays the same old crap every day. “Only Mama Knows” should clearly be on the radio. It’s as good as anything out. But I guess he’s too old. Keep on rocking Paul.

  4. Well done Paul – best album in years and a good chart placing but yesterday the Wilburys went even further in the UK – number 1. Fantastic. It makes you glow just to think that there are enough people out there with taste to put both these albums top ten.

  5. Paul McCartney rocks since the Beatles era. his soulful melodies and lyrics have given me some of the best teenage years. Beatles or Post Beatles, Paul continues to be himself and through this new album, MAF, with songs such as That was me he keeps the 60 rock and roll alive, and with End of the End, he reminds us of the sad melodies like ‘For No One’ Paul has been iconic and he is a gift to our eardrums and hearts. keep making music many many more albums to go until i am 64

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