Twenty One Pilots had never sold more than 11,000 copies of an album in one week prior to the release of Blurryface last week, but that record didn't need streaming to top the Billboard 200. It also comes in at no. 1 on the albums chart, selling 134,000 copies (more than 91 percent of the album's Billboard 200 total came from actual album sales).
The Top 5 of the album sales chart is essentially the same as its Billboard 200 counterpart, with slight shifts. Pitch Perfect 2 moves back one spot to no. 2 in its second week, selling another 54,500 copies. Taylor Swift and 1989 was reported as a big winner by Billboard, who claimed its 91,000 equivalent sales were the result of her eight wins at the Billboard Music Awards last weekend. In reality, it seems that streams of her current single "Bad Blood" is driving the sales. Only 41,000 of those 91,000 equivalent sales can be attributed to pure album sales (enough to place no. 3 on the albums chart however).
Two new albums come in at now. 4 and 5. Zedd has his highest debut ever at no. 4 with True Colors, which sold 40,000 copies. He was followed by Jamie Foxx, who sold 28,000 copies of Hollywood: A Story of A Dozen Roses. It's worth noting that Sawyer Fredericks, the winner of this season of The Voice, doesn't come in the Top 10 for the albums chart, despite placing no. 6 on the Billboard 200.
Josh Groban also gets another week in the Top 10 on the chart with Stages, which lands at no. 7 during its fourth week, selling another 27,500 copies. He's followed closely by Brandon Flowers, who sold 27,000 copies of The Desired Effect, his new solo album, and placed no. 8. Continuing the tight competition, Mumford & Sons came in at no. 9 with Wilder Mind at no. 9, selling more than 25,500 copies. The list is rounded off by another new entry, Sol Invictus by Faith No More, which sold 25,500 copies.
Obviously we round numbers to more whole digits when tracking album sales, so Wilder Mind rounded down a tad to 25,500. It's worth noting, however, that Sol Invictus sold exactly 25,500 copies.