Celine Dion‘s ‘Courage,’ released November 15, was billed by critics a ‘career milestone project’ for a number of reasons.
Beyond being her first English-language project in six years, the effort also served as the songbird’s first worldwide body of work since the passing of her longtime manager and husband Rene Angelil. Despite the unique circumstances, ‘Courage’ not only captured the top spot but also made history upon its impressive debut on last week’s Billboard 200 (as we reported here).
However, refreshed reports reveal the LP – courtesy of a sharp drop in sales during its second week of availability – will see it penciled in chart record books yet again. Details inside:
On the backs of its trio of lead singles ‘Courage,’ ‘Imperfections,’ and ‘Lying Down,’ the Columbia Records set charged the Billboard 200 and landed atop last week’s edition of the tally thanks to a bundle deal that saw fans gifted a copy of the album with the purchase of a ticket to her hotly-selling ‘Courage’ tour.
Much like fellow Pop acts Madonna, P!nk, and more who have also taken advantage of the combined sales tactic, the reports of second week album sales usually represent a much sharper decline than counterparts who don’t employ the strategy. Previously, as we reported here, the Queen of Pop reigned in Billboard history books as the female act suffering the largest fall from #1 when her latest album, ‘Madame X,’ plummeted from the top to #77 in just a week.
Now, news has it ‘Courage’ not only took the biggest second week plunge from #1 for a female act, but of all time as it fell completely out of the Billboard 200’s top 100. Selling a reported 7,000 copies SPS (a 95% drop from last week), the album posted at #111 on this week’s chart. The dive drives Dion to first place among second-week falls.
Interesting note: Bon Jovi’s ‘This House is Not For Sale’ dropped from the Billboard 200’s #1 spot to #169 in 2018, making it the chart’s largest drop from the top overall. The point of difference is the fall did not occur during the album’s second week of availability.