Harlem rapper's debut edges latest 'Kidz Bop' installment
Breakout rapper A$AP Rocky moved in at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart this week, while the 23rd “Kidz Bop” collection placed amid more slow early-year sales.“Long.Live.A$AP” (RCA), the major label debut by the New York rapper, took the frame with first-week sales of 139,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Jan. 20. The performer born Rakim Mayers has been riding the top of the singles chart with “F**ckin’ Problems,” a collaboration with top hip-hoppers Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar. Razor & Tie’s “Kidz Bop” franchise took the No. 2 post with 78,000 sold out of the box. The latest package of hits remakes includes interpretations of recent chart-toppers by PSY, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Bruno Mars, among others. With new titles still thin in early 2013, Universal’s soundtrack for “Pitch Perfect” reached its highest chart position to date, climbing to No. 3 with 45,000 sold (down just 1%). The soundtrack to Jason Moore’s musical comedy feature about a collegiate a cappella singing competition has been slowly rising in the top 10 for four weeks. Taylor Swift’s “Red” (Big Machine) held at No. 4, shifting 41,000 and dipping 17%; the country-pop singer’s title has moved 3.26 million to date. The top five was rounded out with Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” (Atlantic), which rose a notch to No. 5 with an 8% gain, selling 39.000. Rest of the week’s top 10 comprised the “Les Miserables” soundtrack (No. 6, 39,000 sold, down 25%), the Lumineers’ self-titled debut (No. 7, 38,000, up 2%), Phillip Phillips’ “The World From the Side of the Moon” (No. 8, 25,000, up 10%), Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” (No. 9, 25,000, off 13%) and One Direction’s “Take Me Home” (No. 10, 23,000, down 20%). Next week will see the chart bow of the 2013 Grammy nominees package and the CD package for the “12-12-12″ Hurricane Sandy benefit.