This week's Billboard 200 didn't reflect much in terms of new music but the Albums Chart has better news, introducing two new debut discs. Taylor Swift and 1989 are at the top again however, selling 71,000 copies. As we mentioned yesterday, that makes her only the second female performer to top the chart for at least 10 weeks with two different albums (the other being Whitney Houston). Also interesting: This week's stop at the top marks the first time since Lecrae's Anomaly during September that an album went to no. 1 with less than 100,000 in sales.
The shift from equivalent sales to pure album sales also allowed Ne-Yo, the only performer with a new album in the Billboard 200 Top 10, to climb to no. 2 with Non-Fiction. That record moved 43,500 copies, allowing it to barely edge Meghan Trainor's Title, which sold 43,000 copies according to HitsDailyDouble.
Last week's new albums weren't nearly as popular as this week's, which allowed Sam Smith to come back into the Top 10 from no. 11 last week, all the way to no. 4. In The Lonely Hour sold 40,000 copies, a huge uptick of 52 percent. Ed Sheeran saw a slighter boost, just 2 percent, but that was enough to push x back to no. 5 from no. 10 last week. The album sold 36,500 copies this week.
Last week's no. 1, Fall Out Boy, slid back to no. 6 during the second week of American Beauty/American Psycho, which sold less than 100 fewer copies of Sheeran's album.
The Grammys 2015 Nominees collection stayed steady during its second week on the charts, keeping the no. 7 spot with 34,000 copies moved. Kidz Bop 27 also held onto its spot from last week, coming in at no. 8 with 27,000 copies sold.
The two new additions to the Top 10 come in at nos. 9 and 10, respectively. The
Bethel Music group debuts at no. 9 with 29,000 copies sold (Billboard is considered to be the more official source, but it doesn't give numbers. HitsDailyDouble provides the actual sales totals, so Bethel may have actually placed no. 8 this week). Charlie Wilson takes the last spot this week with Forever Charlie, which moved 24,500 copies.