New Fall Out Boy, Joey Bada$$, Marilyn Manson Albums and More Spur Rise in Sales Last Week
Fall Out Boy stands on top of both the Billboard 200 and the Albums Charts this week with American Beauty/American Psycho, and while the plenty of albums managed to debut on the former this week, 60 percent of the albums in the Top 10 of the latter were new releases.
American Beauty marked a significant uptick in sales for Fall Out Boy, with 192,000 albums marking a nearly 40,000 unit increase over the band's 2013 release, Save Rock and Roll. Taylor Swift sold the fewest weekly copies of her album 1989 yet, which isn't saying too much as it still amounts to 81,500 units according to HitsDailyDouble, which places her at no. 2.
Meghan Trainor dropped nearly 75 percent since topping the chart last week with Title, but this week's net of 53,000 in sales still earned her the no. 3 spot.
Joey Bada$$ kicks off a streak of four new albums, coming in at no. 4 with his album B4.Da.$$, which sold 51,000 copies.
Things get a little confusing with the next three releases however. Billboard's rankings are typically accepted as correct, however it doesn't provide any actual numbers to run with the placements this week (at least for the albums taking spots nos. 5-7). HitsDailyDouble's actual numbers suggest that Billboard's rankings are incorrect, so you'll have to judge accordingly: The Decemberists are at no. 5 on Billboard with What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World but HDD has the album at no. 7 with 42,000 in sales. The latter site lists Marilyn Manson and The Pale Emperor at no. 5 with 46,500 copies (while Billboard lists it at no. 6). HDD technically has the Grammys 2015 Nominees compilation at no. 6 with 46,000 in sales, while Billboard lists it at no. 7.
Things balance out at no. 8, where both sites have Kidz Bop 27, which sold just less than 42,000 copies.
Lupe Fiasco cracks the Top 10 for overall album sales (where he couldn't on the Billboard 200), moving 35,500 copies of Tetsuo & Youth, which leaves him just a hair ahead of Ed Sheeran and x, another Atlantic label member who placed no. 10. Although Sheeran was no. 4 last week, his sales were only down a smidge, indicating a much more lucrative sales market this week for albums.