It only took him 10 years, but Robin Thicke has finally landed his first-ever #1 album on the Billboard chart.
Blurred Lines , featuring the #1 title track, sold over 177,000 copies its first week in stores, according to Nielsen Soundscan . That total exceeded initial sales forecasts made by industry insiders , which projected Robin's album to move around 150,000 copies. Blurred Lines is Robin's sixth studio album; his first, A Beautiful World, came out back in 2003.
Meanwhile, "Blurred Lines" the song has been #1 for eight weeks, and Billboard reports it's now overtaken Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" to become the second-biggest selling song of 2013, second only to "Thrift Shop." That Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit has sold 5.8 million copies, while "Blurred Lines" has sold 4.3 million.
Robin tweeted , "No. 1 single and album right now... I'm speechless. Cannot thank you all enough for believing in my music." His dad, actor Alan Thicke , is pretty happy as well. "I've never been this proud of anything I've done," he tweeted a few days ago .
Elsewhere on the chart, Backstreet's back, all right. The veteran boy band's new album, In a World Like This , debuts at #5. It's their ninth straight top-10 disc, and their highest-charting album since 2005.
A younger boy band, Emblem3 , also makes the top 10 with its debut Nothing to Lose . which enters at #7. They've currently got a hit with their song "Chloe." The group came in fourth on the 2012 installment of The X Factor; the winner, Tate Stevens, only made it to #18 with his debut album, back in May. The winner of season one, Melanie Amaro , has yet to release an album.
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