With 69.21% of reports in, Kid Rock is leading the charge by a mere 640 albums over Big Sean. It’s rockers vs rappers. Michigan vs Michigan. They are predicted to end the week with the same amount in sales, but expect Big Sean to top the BB200 due to TEAs & SEAs (rap fans will by some downloads, while rock fans remain married to the album concept). This will be Big Sean’s first number one album and Kid’s 8th album in the top 10. Fifty Shades of Grey continues to lurk in the top 3 while others that have topped the chart since its release have fallen down the charts. The soundtrack has some hits on it. Drake will do better on the downloads and will switch places with 50 on the final chart.
Look, at number 5, is Mr. Chris Brown. I can only imagine the career he could have had. Taylor Swift is number 6, last week’s number one is number 7 (Imagine Dragons) and our two British lads remain cheek to jowl (Ed currently at 8th and Sam Smith at 9th. Red, a rock band out of Nashville, completes the top 10 and makes it 4 debuts currently in the top 10.
Reality song competitors are represented by Carrie Underwood (Idol) at 34, One Direction (X-Factor UK) at 44 and Alex & Sierra (X-Factor) on the Now 53 album at 11th. Adam (16) and Blake (48) represent the Judges and The Voice.
Chart Date: 03/03/2015
Last Updated: 03/02/2015 16:49:34
Status: Building 69.21%
LW TW Artist / Album Label Sales Index
— 1 KID ROCK FIRST KISS WARNER BROS. 116,652
— 2 BIG SEAN DARK SKY PARADISE DEF JAM 116,012
3 3 FIFTY SHADES OF GREY SOUNDTRACK REPUBLIC 58,719
2 4 DRAKE IF YOU’RE READING THIS, IT’S TOO LATE YMCMB/REPUBLIC 51,377
— 5 CHRIS BROWN & TYGA FAN OF A FAN: THE ALBUM RCA 45,478
4 6 TAYLOR SWIFT 1989 BIG MACHINE 40,834
1 7 IMAGINE DRAGONS SMOKE + MIRRORS KIDINAKORNER/INTERSCOPE 36,587
6 8 ED SHEERAN X ATLANTIC 34,092
5 9 SAM SMITH IN THE LONELY HOUR CAPITOL 31,936
— 10 RED OF BEAUTY AND RAGE ESSENTIAL 30,878
7 11 NOW 53 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW/LEGACY 28,609
15 16 MAROON 5 V 222/INTERSCOPE 15,112
37 34 CARRIE UNDERWOOD GREATEST HITS: DECADE #1 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 5,573
38 44 ONE DIRECTION FOUR SYCO/COLUMBIA 4,211
— 48 BLAKE SHELTON BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE WARNER BROS. NASHVILLE 3,769
22 50 DIANA KRALL WALLFLOWERVERVE 3,716