'Furious 7' Tops Billboard 200 Thanks to Wiz Khalifa; Taylor Swift Sets Mark and All Time Low Hits All Time High
If you've watched Fast Five, you know that Vin Diesel's character Dominic Toretto knows that it's all about how you finish, not how you begin (although he allows Paul Walker's Brian to win the four-man street race in Brazil). The Furious 7 soundtrack is living that philosophy as it reached the no. 1 place on the Billboard 200 four weeks after its release. Part of last week's 111,000 equivalent album sales is thanks to the film's continued success at the box office, but an even bigger part of it is the popularity of "See You Again," the single from Wiz Khalifa that's tearing up the download charts. Last week it had an astonishing 464,000 downloads, which accounts for plenty of equivalent albums sales as part of Nielsen's new system.
That means that the only new release in the Top 10, All Time Low's Future Hearts, will need to settle for no. 2 for the time being. The band got 80,000 equivalent sales for the new set, but it can't be disappointed: It's still the highest placement for the pop punks.
The rest of the chart got a hefty shuffle from last week, which was full of new releases. Unfortunately, none of the acts to follow this sentence actually saw an increase in sales, however the lack of competition allowed them to move up. Fifty Shades of Grey is back down to no. 3 with 47,000 in equivalent sales, while Maroon 5 and V jump all the way up from no. 11 to no. 4 after moving 44,000 copies.
So yes, you guessed it: Taylor Swift and 1989 continue to walk the tight rope and stay in the Top 5. The bestselling album of 2015 has remained in the no. 5 spot for the last five weeks, making it one of only 9 albums to spend its first 24 weeks in the Top 5. The album sold another 44,000 copies.
Sam Smith also remains in his place from last week as In The Lonely Hour moves another 43,000 copies. Kendrick Lamar stumbles a touch during his fourth week on the charts with To Pimp A Butterfly, which took the no. 7 spot by moving 42,000 copies.
We already mentioned that last week's no. 11 album came back into the Top 10, but so did the nos. 12-14 albums as well. Drake, who was at no. 14 last week, came back to no. 8 with If You're Reading This It's Too Late (40,000 copies). Ed Sheeran, no. 12 last week with x, came back to no. 9 this week (39,000 copies), and last week's no. 13, Meghan Trainor, is back at no. 10 with Title (34,000 copies).