The new Miley Cyrus is experiencing the same success as the old model, as the singer’s “Bangerz” took the top slot on the U.S. album chart last week.
Cyrus’ RCA release – her first album issued outside the Disney label group – became her sixth No. 1 set with first-week sales of 270,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ended Oct. 13. She previously claimed the pinnacle with “Meet Miley Cyrus” (2007) and “Breakout” (2008), while albums credited to her TV and film character Hannah Montana topped the chart in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
Since exiting the Hollywood Records family, Cyrus has eschewed her squeaky-clean image in favor of adult-oriented provocation in scantily clad (or unclad) videos and tongue-waggling, twerking appearances on the MTV Awards and “Saturday Night Live.”
“Bangerz” led a crowd of seven new albums that piled into the U.S. top 10. Vegas rock act Panic at the Disco was a distant No. 2 with its “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die” (Fueled By Ramen), which shifted 84,000. The band matched the peak of its 2008 collection “Pretty Odd.”
Rapper Pusha T, a member of the Virginia-bred rap twosome Clipse, scored his first solo hit with “My Name Is My Name” (Def Jam), which surfaced at No. 4 with 75,000 sold. Clipse’s bestselling album “Lord Willin’” topped out at No. 4 in 2002.
It took a tragedy to launch a “Glee” soundtrack into the top 10: The EP for the episode “The Quarterback,” a tribute to late lead actor Cory Monteith, reached No. 7 with 47,000 sold, becoming the first music from the Fox musical series to hit the upper reaches of the chart in two years. In July, Monteith suffered a fatal heroin-alcohol overdose in a Vancouver hotel room.
California hard rock act Korn bowed at No. 8 with “The Paradigm Shift” (Prospect Park), which climbed aboard at No. 8 with a 46,000-copy score. Title outdid the Bakersfield band’s previous release, “The Path of Totality,” which debuted at No. 10 in 2011. All 10 of Korn’s last albums made top-10 entries.
Cassadee Pope, champion of NBC’s sing-off “The Voice,” debuted at No. 9 with her full-length major-label bow “Frame by Frame” (Republic), tallying 43,000. The country vocalist issued an EP and appeared on a “Voice” compilation in 2012.
Florida rock quintet Mayday Parade notched its first top-10 release with its fourth set, “Monsters in the Closet” (Fearless), which claimed No. 10 with a 30,000-unit total. Its self-titled 2011 album reached No. 12, the band’s previous best.
The week’s top-10 holdovers all showed weak legs. Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same,” No. 1 two weeks ago, drifted down one post to No. 3 with sales of 83,000 (off 44%). Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2” tumbled 80% after debuting at No. 1 last week, rolling up 70,000 units and settling at No. 5. Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” fell 51% and claimed No. 6 with 63,000 sold.
Fresh titles by Paul McCartney and Pearl Jam should leap into the top 10 next week.