Josh Groban Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart
February 13, 2013
By Keith Caulfield
Josh Groban's "All That Echoes" arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, selling 145,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the singer's third No. 1 album, following 2003's "Closer" and 2007's top-seller, "Noel." His last studio release, 2010's "Illuminations," debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 191,000 sold in its first week.

Groban is one of the few artists in the past year to tally a No. 1 album without ever having a top 40 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The others are Chris Tomlin, tobyMac and Jack White (as a solo artist).

While Groban has claimed 17 entries on the Adult Contemporary airplay chart, he's only visited the overall, all-genre Hot 100 chart four times. His highest-charting Hot 100 hit thus far is 2008's "The Prayer" (live), a duet with Celine Dion, which reached No. 70.

31-year old Groban hasn't required crossover top 40 hit singles in order to sustain his music sales, as he reaches consumers through TV performances and other non-traditional means. Impressively, Groban has sold 21.7 million albums in the U.S., making him one of the biggest selling male pop vocalists of the SoundScan era (1991-present).

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