Today’s thread is brought to you by the numbers 9, 32 and 234K.
They’re back! The Backstreet Boys have the number one album this week with “DNA”. The last time they topped the chart was December 1, 2000 during the age of the CD. That week, “Black and Blue” debuted with 1.6M in sales. “DNA”‘s first week yields 234K equivalent album with 227K of those being traditional album sales. “DNA” has the best sales week since Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty” (251K).
“7 Rings” by Ariana Grande tops the Hot 100 for a second week. The song also tops the streaming and digital charts. Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” extends its stay in the top 10 for another week. At position 9, it has spent the second longest time in the top 10. Only Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” has spent longer at 33 weeks. “Girls Like You” is tied with the Chainsmoker’s “Closer” and LeAnn Rimes’s “How Do I Live” at 32 weeks. It kind of makes you appreciate LeAnns achievement as her song came out in 1997 while the other three came out in the last three years. It seems to be getting easier to have a long chart run.
Can Maroon 5 extend its run? Despite a widely panned Super Bowl half-time performance, Billboard reports that the sales from the band’s catalogue are up by 488%. For the six songs they performed, sales were up 587%. Still, we aren’t talking huge numbers (24K and 18K respectively).
Warner Music reports revenue of 1.2B in the first quarter of the fiscal year (ending December 31, 2017).