US Charts: Bruno Mars Exceeds Expectations

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    The cover of Bruno Mars’ new ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ album.

    Last week, early sales predictions indicated that Bruno Mars’ new album, ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’, would have entered the US charts with 140-150K copies sold. However, as a result of his massive promotional campaign, the singer has exceeded all expectations with an even more impressive debut.

    ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 this week with over 192K copies sold. Although the record was unable to top the 208K units moved by Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ album, it still sold more then three times the opening sum of Mars’ first effort, ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’, which sold 55K at #3 in its first frame in October 2010.

    Meanwhile, Mars did managed to continue his reign on the Billboard Hot 100. His ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ single remained at #1 on the lineup for a second consecutive week with over 222K digital copies sold and 135 million audience impressions logged.

    See the other leading releases in the top 10 of both Billboard 200 and the Hot 100 below:

    Billboard 200

    1. Taylor Swift – ‘Red’ – 208K (total: 2.59)

    2. Bruno Mars – ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ – 192K (debut)

    3. Michael Buble – ‘Christmas’ – 138K (total: 2.90 M)

    4. One Direction – ‘Take Me Home’ – 127K (total: 1.04 M)

    5. Rod Stewart – ‘Merry Christmas, Baby’ – 108K (total: 711K)

    6. Game – ‘Jesus Piece’ – 86K (debut)

    7. Phillip Phillips – ‘The World From the Side of the Moon’ – 68K (total: 377K)

    8. Blake Shelton – ‘Cheers’ – 68K (total: 339K)

    9. Alicia Keys – ‘Girl on Fire’ – 61K (total: 298K)

    10. Lady Antebellum – ‘On This Winter’s Night’ – 60K (total: 339K)

    Billboard Hot 100

    1. Bruno Mars – ‘Locked Out of Heaven’

    2. Rihanna – ‘Diamonds’

    3. Lumineers – ‘Ho Hey’

    4. Ke$ha – ‘Die Young’

    5. Maroon 5 – ‘One More Night’

    6. Flo Rida – ‘I Cry’

    7. Justin Bieber – ‘Beauty & a Beat (Ft. Nicki Minaj)’

    8. Phillip Phillips – ‘Home’

    9. fun. – ‘Some Nights’

    10. Taylor Swift – ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’

    Watch the video for Mars’ ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ below:

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