Florence + the Machine Scores First No. 1 With ‘So Big, So Blue, So Beautiful’
Florence + the Machine just scored her first No. 1 debut with her album So Big, So Blue, So Beautiful. And while congratulations are certainly in order, it should also be noted that it took three whole albums to earn her the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart -- a place, it could be reasonably argued, she deserved to see two albums ago with her debut album Lungs.
But better late than never, right? How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful reportedly moved 128,000 albums during its first week of sales, a marked increase from the initial 105,000 copies sold of her sophomore album. Her past two efforts, Ceremonials and the aforementioned Lungs peaked at No. 6 and No. 14, respectively.
Meanwhile, Jason Derulo's Everything Is 4 debuted, appropriately, at No. 4, selling a paltry 37,000 copies in its first week when it should've sold 370,000. We consider this something of a grave injustice, because Everything Is 4 is a solid release. It has everything! From Jennifer Lopez's best feature on a song since No Me Ames (Tropical Remix) on "Try Me," a song title taken straight out of Avril Lavigne's "Sk8r Boi" playbook with "X2CU," and the lead single's '80s synth-pop perfection on "Want to Want Me." Somehow, it wasn't enough.
Surely some other big-name release blocked Derulo from making it into the top three, right? Well, sort of. Taylor Swift's first full foray into pop, the October-released 1989, somehow managed to beat out Everything Is 4 with 66,000 sales -- that's twice the amount of copies sold, eight months after its initial release. If you've ever doubted the staying power of Swift, you're clearly not paying attention.
A$SAP Rocky's At.Long.Last.A$AP also blocked Derulo from the top, nabbing the No. 2 spot with 50,000 copies sold. Better luck next time, Jason.