With 69.31% of reports in, Kelly Clarkson is running away with first on the sales chart. Kelly is American Idol’s original winner and she has had a very successful career spanning more than a decade. It is unclear if “Piece by Piece” will be the number one album of the week on the BB200 (she may be beat by 50 Shades of Grey when streams and downloads are added to the album sales), but she will debut no further back than second and have the top debut of the week. This will be her 7th top 10 album and her sixth studio album to debut in the top 3 (her Greatest Hits album makes a total of 7 albums, but it is not considered a studio album).
Fifty Shades continues to sell very well and its singles are popular. It is a distant second in sales, but doing well with its singles. Taylor Swift always does well everywhere. She is third and likely to stay there. Drake is proving that rappers don’t have to start big and then fall off a cliff. He’s been steadily in the top 5 for a while. Brandi Carlile is representing Alt Country and she is 5th with the second highest debut of the week (this could be her second top 10 album). Big Sean was number 1 last week and slid to 6th this week. Kid Rock challenged for first last week and is 8th this week. Ed and Sam are in the top 10 as usual. Hit singles will do that. They are 7th and 9th. Now 53, featuring a track from One Direction, is 10th.
Reality show singing competition shows are also represented by Carrie Underwood (American Idol) at 37th and One Direction (X-Factor UK) hanging at the bottom of the chart at 50th. Judges are represented by Adam Levine’s Maroon 5 at 13th.
Chart Date: 03/10/2015
Last Updated: 03/09/2015 17:11:23
Status: Building 69.31%
— 1 KELLY CLARKSON PIECE BY PIECE RCA 70,046
3 2 FIFTY SHADES OF GREY SOUNDTRACK REPUBLIC 50,363
6 3 TAYLOR SWIFT 1989 BIG MACHINE 36,585
4 4 DRAKE IF YOU’RE READING THIS, IT’S TOO LATE YMCMB/REPUBLIC 34,094
— 5 BRANDI CARLILE FIREWATCHER’S DAUGHTER ATO 30,115
1 6 BIG SEAN DARK SKY PARADISE DEF JAM 28,433
8 7 ED SHEERAN X ATLANTIC 28,396
2 8 KID ROCK FIRST KISS WARNER BROS. 27,609
9 9 SAM SMITH IN THE LONELY HOUR CAPITOL 25,173
12 10 NOW 53 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW/LEGACY 24,537
16 13 MAROON 5 V 222/INTERSCOPE 16,307
43 37 CARRIE UNDERWOOD GREATEST HITS: DECADE #1 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 4,871
47 50 ONE DIRECTION FOUR SYCO/COLUMBIA 3,552