Josh Groban's All That Echoes is the number one album this week, selling 145,000 copies. Tim McGraw came in at number two with 107,000 copies sold, Now Forty-fucking-Five is number three with 87,000 copies sold. Overall album sales totaled 5.81 million units, up 11% compared to last week, and down 15% compared with the comparable week in 2012. Year to date album sales stand at 32.30 million, down 5% compared to the same total at this point last year. Some other notable sales from the past week can be found below.
Justin Bieber has scored his fifth number one album (211,000 sold) and, obviously, debuts at number one this week. Andrea Bocelli is in at number two with 94,000 sold, and Tegan and Sara moved roughly 49,000 units to come in at number three. Overall album sales totaled 5.24 million units, up 7% compared compared to last week, and down 10% compared to last year. Year to date album sales stand at 26.49 million, down 2% compared to the same total at this point last year. Some other notable sales from the past week can be found below.
Both of Bon Iver's albums, For Emma, Forever Ago and Bon Iver, Bon Iver have gone gold. What's interesting is that the albums, released two and a half years apart, crossed the 500,000 mark at basically the same time.
Jack White's Blunderbuss is the biggest selling vinyl album of 2012 according to Nielsen Soundscan's vinyl charts with over 33,000 copies sold. Knocking The Beatles' Abbey Road off the top spot (a position it had held the previous three years), Blunderbuss sales are the highest for a new album (not a catalog album) since Soundscan began specifically tracking vinyl in 2008.
Green Day's °Dos!sold just over 60k to enter at 10 on Billboard 200 (°Uno! debuted at 2 with 139k). Deftones' Koi No Yokan was right behind at 11 with just over 59k, while Lana Del Ray's Paradise was at 9 with 66k albums sold and The Weeknd's Trilogy opened at 4 with nearly 91k albums sold.
Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city debuted at the #2 spot on Billboard, selling 242,000 records its first week. Not bad for a longtime independent artist who just recently signed to Aftermath Records.
Taylor Swift sold 1.21 million copies of Red its first week. It's the biggest sales week for an album since 2002. She's also the first woman in chart history to ever have two albums sell over 1 million copies in their first weeks.
Mumford and Sons officially had the best debut week album sales of 2012 with over 600,000 copies sold. Babel had the second biggest debut week in digital sales ever with 420,000 downloads, just falling behind Lady Gaga's Born This Way last year. The only other indie distributed album to do better was The Eagles' Long Road Out of Eden back in 2007. Another interesting fact is 1 out of every 10 Spotify users in the US streamed at least one track from Babel.
A report by MusicMetric shows that Americans used BitTorrent to illegally download 759 million songs (assuming 10 songs per album) throughout the first half of 2012. The most active city for illegal downloads was Gainesville, Fla., with other small towns (Albany, GA; Fairbanks, AK; Lexington, KY; Tallahassee, FL) being listed as other high offenders. This information was rated per capita. The report lists YouTube as the most popular website for listening to music. Check out the full rundown here.
Ben Folds Five's new album, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200. The album is the highest charting the band has had in their career. Also, the band will be performing on The Colbert Report on October 1st.
Neilsen SoundScan has reported its mid-year sales numbers, and Adele's 21 is the only album so far to have sold over 1 million units (she sold 3.69 million copies so far). This is the first time the industry has only had one album sell at least 1 million records mid-way through the year in SoundScan's 21 years of tracking data. Remarkably, 21 was also the leader at the mid-way point in 2011, and topped the year-end charts last year as well. If the record sells the most copies this year, it will be the first album to ever top the total sales charts two years in a row. Oddly enough, Lionel Richie's Tuskegee takes the No. 2 overall spot (912K), One Direction is at No. 3 (899K), Whitney...
Usher took the top spot on the sales charts this week, selling 128,000 units of Looking 4 Myself. Rush debuted in second place with 103,000 units of Clockwork Angels, while Adele dropped to No. 3 with another 60,000 of 21. Other notable debuts include Ed Sheeran at No. 4 with 44,000 copies of + and Waka Flocka Flame at No. 9 with 33,000 of Triple F Life. Finally, fun. moved yet another 16,000 copies of Some Nights, landing at No. 22. Some Nights hasn't moved out of the top 50 in its 17-week run since its release, and has sold over 300,000 copies in total.
Adele moved back into the top overall spot this week, moving another 74,000 units of 21. The Beach Boys debuted in the third spot with 63,000 copies of That's Why God Made the Radio, while Curren$y came in at No. 5 with 39,000 units of Stoned Immaculate. John Mayer's Born and Raised dropped from the top spot to No. 7, declining 44 percent while moving 37,500 units. Of course, fun. continued its strong performance, remaining in the top 20 with almost 18,000 more sales of Some Nights.
John Mayer coasts at the top of the charts again this week, moving almost 68,000 additional copies of Born and Raised - a 71 percent decline from his meteoric sales last week. Adele and One Direction come in after Mayer, while Regina Spektor and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros see the two highest debuts at No. 4 (38,000) and No. 6 (29,000), respectively. Sigur Ros also saw an excellent debut week, cracking the top 10 and No. 9 with 24,000 copies of Valtari. Equally as awesome, fun. saw a huge rise in sales, increasing 57 percent and selling another 17,000 copies of Some Nights - perhaps partially in thanks to the awesome music video they came out with.
As expected, John Mayer debuted on top of the charts by selling over 230,000 units of Born and Raised - and it wasn't even close. Adele again stood in at No. 2, but sold about four times less than Mayer, with 53,000 copies of 21. Adam Lambert, last week's No. 1, dropped 70% in sales to the No. 11 spot, while fun. remained strong, adding almost 11,000 more sales to its total of Some Nights and rising from No. 33 to 27. Notable debuts included Sara Bareilles at No. 8 with 31,000 of Once Upon Another Time and Kimbra at No. 12 with 22,000 of Vows.
Although they weren't noted in the chart we posted earlier, SoundScan is reporting in its official counts that Hot Water Music sold just over 10,000 copies in first-week sales of Exister, their first record in eight years - good for an opening at the No. 33 position on the charts. Congratulations to the band and to Rise Records.
Adam Lambert topped the charts this week, selling just under 78,000 units of Trespassing. Adele came in second, with Carrie Underwood, Norah Jones and Tenacious D rounding out the top 5. Best Coast debuted at No. 24 with 12,000 copies sold of The Only Place, and fun. added another 11,000 units to its total for Some Nights.
Carrie Underwood took the top place on this week's charts, selling over 270,000 copies of Blown Away. Norah Jones was in second and...yes...NOW 42 was third. Adele had her weakest sales week of 21 in a long while, finishing fourth with just over 77,000 units moved and B.o.B. debuted at fifth with 74,000. Jack White added another 62,000 to his total while finishing 7th, while fun. added another 11,000 to its ongoing strong sales performance. The Avengers soundtrack sold 26,000 copies.