Monday, January 7, 2013

"Monster": 2012 U.S. Sales/Chart Report | Tim McPhate 

In 2012 KISS released their 20th studio album, "Monster."

Following is a brief report on the album's sales and chart performances in the United States, with added information for both historical and current-day context.

To date, "Monster" has sold 132,000 copies in the United States since its release on Oct. 9, 2012. This total is less than half of the sales of KISS' prior album, 2009's "Sonic Boom," which currently stands at approximately 300,000 copies.

According to Chart Watch's Paul Grein, 10 albums sold 1 million or more copies in 2012, constituting a new low for the music industry in the Nielsen SoundScan era. (The previous low was 13, in both 2010 and 2011.) A total of 43 albums sold 500,000 copies, which is also a record low. (The previous low was 48, which was the final tally for both 2010 and 2011.)

As far as what did sell big in 2012, Adele's "21" was the year's top-selling album, selling 4.41 million copies, according to Billboard. The album was also the top seller in 2011, selling 5.82 million copies. This back-to-back performance marks the first time an album has finished as the year's best-seller twice since Nielsen SoundScan was implemented in 1991.

The Top 10 Selling Albums Of 2012:

1. Adele, "21," 4.41 million
2. Taylor Swift, "Red," 3.11 million
3. One Direction, "Up All Night," 1.62 million
4. Mumford & Sons, "Babel," 1.46 million
5. One Direction, "Take Me Home," 1.34 million
6. Justin Bieber, "Believe," 1.34 Million
7. Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away," 1.20 million
8. Luke Bryan, "Tailgates & Tanlines," 1.10 million
9. Lionel Richie, "Tuskegee," 1.07 million
10. Jason Aldean, "Night Train," 1.02 million

Within the rock genre, the top-selling albums of 2012 include:

Linkin Park, "Living Things," 542,000
Bruce Springsteen, "Wrecking Ball," 482,000
Dave Matthews Band, "Away From The World," 474,000
Jack White, "Blunderbuss," 429,000
Van Halen, "A Different Kind Of Truth," 409,000
Shinedown, "Amaryllis," 342,000
* These totals are reflective of the week ending Dec. 23

Chart Performance
"Monster" spent seven weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. The album peaked at No. 3, becoming the ninth KISS album to reach the Top 10.

Week #1: No. 3
Week #2: No. 14
Week #3: No. 41
Week #4: No. 60
Week #5: No. 80
Week #6: No. 135
Week #7: No. 131

In terms of KISS studio albums, only "Carnival Of Souls" had a shorter stay on the Billboard 200 than "Monster." In 1997 "Carnival Of Souls" charted for just four weeks. The two other KISS studio albums that have yet to attain gold status, 1981's "Music From The Elder" and 2009's "Sonic Boom," lasted 11 weeks and 12 weeks on the chart, respectively.

How did KISS shape up against their contemporaries? Here are the Billboard 200 performances of a handful of 2012 releases by other classic rock acts:

* AC/DC, "Live At River Plate"
Peak: No. 66; five weeks on chart

Aerosmith, "Music From Another Dimension!"
Peak: No. 5; eight weeks, currently at No. 136

Heart, "Fanatic"
Peak: No. 24; three weeks

* Led Zeppelin, "Celebration Day"
Peak: No. 9; five weeks; currently at No. 20 and No. 32

* The Rolling Stones, "GRRR!"
Peak: No. 19; seven weeks; currently at No. 73

Rush, "Clockwork Angels"
Peak: No. 2; 20 weeks

Van Halen, "A Different Kind Of Truth"
Peak: No. 2; 17 weeks
* denotes either live album or a compilation