Fantasia Rebounds on Albums Chart

Fantasia

Katy Perry might have the No. 1 album in the country, but that doesn’t mean Fantasia Barrino has no reason to celebrate. The “American Idol” alumnus, whose third album Back to Me was released just weeks following a highly-publicized suicide attempt, earned the highest chart debut of her career on the Billboard 200, landing at No. 2 with an impressive 117,000 copies sold.

Back to Me also came in at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, making it her first ever chart-topping LP. While its success is nothing to scoff at, the album didn’t sell quite like its predecessors. Back to Me accounts for Tasia’s lowest first week sales to date, with her 2004 debut Free Yourself selling 240,000 copies and 2006′s Fantasia moving 133,000 units.

Usher also made a splash on this week’s chart with his new EP Versus, the mini-sequel to his 2009 album Raymond vs. Raymond. The “OMG” hitmaker landed at No. 4 with 46,000 sold, putting him behind Eminem’s Recovery, which forfeits its two-month reign at No. 1 to Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream (her sophomore offering moved 192,000 copies). Em’s seventh album sold another 98,000 units.

Raymond vs. Raymond also got a bump from the publicity of its companion release. The album, which fell from 19 to 31 last week, reclaims its spot at No. 19 with a 57% sales boost and an additional 20,000 copies sold.

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18 Comments

  1. Josh

    Her new album is amazing. She’s got the killer voice!

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  2. Nicole

    it was 122,000 correction

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    Rap-Up Reply:

    No, it was actually 117,000. The 122k figure was not final.

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  3. Trev

    go Fantasia!!! 117,000 is a good look…especially in today’s world of illegal downloading

    Twitter Me @TheTTT3

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  4. Nicole

    Oh thanks for the reply Rap-Up. Some were reporting was confused 122,000 but thanks:)

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    Rap-Up Reply:

    @Nicole, No problem!

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  5. ...

    I don’t think you can compare her first two albums to this one. Both of those were released in higher sales periods for the year (November/December) and years where overall sales were much higher. Doing 117 in August without a crossover hit is pretty impressive.

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  6. hope

    well done Tasia…

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  7. MANNY

    HORRIBLE SALES. 117K IS RIDICULOUS CONSIDERING ALL THE DRAMA CIRCULATING AROUND HER.

    BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME FANNY.

    GREAT ALBUM BY THE WAY :-)

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  8. usherbig fan

    usher in 4 place in the chart but is the king of r&b is simpel a king

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  9. usherbig fan

    album conffision is the best album hip hop / r&b ever wiht 30 millon and 5 singel n1 is the legand all times ever like truller mj

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  10. WhatTheF

    It’s gonna have a huge drop next week. It’s flopping right now. I guess people aren’t buying it because of her suicide attempt anymore.

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  11. love

    spread love not hate….

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  12. ras

    its sold out really guick because the recording label want send more cds

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  13. Diamond

    This all seems like a publicity stunt if you were to ask me, I mean Idol offers all the promo in the world when you win, but what happens after that? An emotional “suicide attempt” seemed to have saved her career? Sounds fishy to me.

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  14. Ty-Nice

    Loving the cd!

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  15. b

    They only feel sorry for her, that’s why they buy her album. Nice people.

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  16. Chris Shorts

    this cd is really good i love falling in love tonight has to be one of the best songs on the cd

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