'American Idol' Can't Give Jennifer Lopez's New Album a #1 Debut

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Jennifer Lopez's judging gig on American Idol may give her a $12 million salary. But even the increased exposure her new job offers is not enough to secure a number one debut on the Billboard charts. Her latest album, Love?, dropped last Tuesday and sold 83,000 copies in its first week, landing at number 5 on the Billboard 200 charts.

As BIllboard reports, Love wasn't even the top debut album—that honor went to the Beastie Boys' Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, which premiered at number 2, just below Adele's megahit 21:

With "Hot Sauce" the first of eight debuts in the top 10, it marks only the third time in chart history that we've had that many new entries in the region. It last happened on the tally dated Dec. 4, 2010, when Jackie Evancho's "O Holy Night" EP led the debut parade at No. 2. Previous to that, it first occurred on Oct. 17, 2009.

"Now 38" starts at No. 3 with 124,000 -- the second "Now" set released this year timed perfectly to a holiday that lends itself to music gift shopping. Earlier, "Now 37" hit retail on Feb. 8 -- the first time a "Now" album had come out the week of Valentine's Day.

Fleet Foxes' "Helplessness Blues" starts at No. 4 with 91,000 while Jennifer Lopez's "Love?" launched at No. 5 with 83,000. Fleet Foxes' last album, its 2008 self-titled set, debuted at No. 83 -- eventually peaking at No. 36 the following year. J.Lo's last English-language album, 2007's "Brave," bowed at No. 12 with 53,000.

For comparison's sake, Lopez's 2001 album J Lo and 2003's J To Tha L-O! The Remixes both debuted at number one.

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Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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