This weeks look like it will be a split week on the album charts. Since the introduction of sales and streams into the BB200, the sales chart and BB200 have mostly been in synch. This week looks to be a week where that is not true.
Metal Rockers Five Finger Death Punch celebrate their 10 years in the business by releasing a new album and easily topping the sales chart with 100-105K in sales. But, metal doesn’t move a lot of singles (it’s an album format), so last week’s number one, The Weeknd, should scoop the top of the BB200 for a second week. All week long, The Weeknd has the number two songs on the iTunes chart with “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills”.
The Weeknd also has a shot at the top of the Hot 100. “Can’t Feel My Face” has been there before, but his fellow Ontarian, Justin Bieber snatched the spot last week. Those two will be battling it out again this week. Bieber continues to dominate in the sale department (with sales about 35% higher), but The Weeknd has a more established presence on radio (183M impressions to WDYM with around 50M). So, we shall have to wait until the dust clears.
Other albums debuting this week are from Travis Scott (Rap), Iron Maiden (Metal – lots of Metal on the chart this week), Troye Sivan (Dream Pop – I don’t invent these genres, I swear), Scarface (rapper) and The Wonder Years (rockers – it sounds like I’m giving a Soundtrack rundown today).
Tori Kelly saw a massive surge in sales after her successful VMA performance last week and this week, she’s still feeling some of the effects of that. Her album is at 31st today.
*Five Finger Death Punch (Prospect Park) 100-105k Sales, 105-110k SPS
The Weeknd (XO/Republic) 80-85k, 140-150k
*Travis Scott (Epic) 75-80k, 90-95k
*Iron Maiden (BMG Recorded Music) 67-72k, 70-75k
*Troye Sivan (Capitol) 45-50k, 50-55k
Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville) 30-35k, 40-45k
Taylor Swift (Big Machine/BMLG) 25-30k, 45-50k
*Scarface (BMG Rights Management) 23-30k, 24-30k
Halsey (Astralwerks/Capitol) 20-25k, 35-40k
Dr. Dre (Aftermath/Interscope) 20-25k, 25-30k
*The Wonder Years (Hopeless) 19-22k, 20-23k
Now 55 (Now/Legacy) 18-21k
Ed Sheeran (Asylum UK) 11-14k, 27-32k
N.W.A. (Priority/UMe) 11-14k, 18-23k
Descendants (Walt Disney) 11-14k, 15-20k
HDD Building Chart : 87%
— 1 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH GOT YOUR SIX PROSPECT PARK 94,236
1 2 THE WEEKND BEAUTY BEHIND THE MADNESS REPUBLIC 66,222
— 3 TRAVIS SCOTT RODEO EPIC 63,423
— 4 IRON MAIDEN BOOK OF SOULS BMG 58,150
— 5 TROYE SIVAN WILD – EP CAPITOL 42,715
3 6 LUKE BRYAN KILL THE LIGHTS CAPITOL NASHVILLE 26,194
— 7 SCARFACE DEEPLY ROOTED BMG 20,876
5 8 TAYLOR SWIFT 1989 BIG MACHINE 19,948
2 9 HALSEY BADLANDS ASTRALWERKS 18,811
8 10 NOW 55 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW/LEGACY 16,233
18 31 TORI KELLY UNBREAKABLE SMILE CAPITOL 4,536
— 50 FIFTY SHADES OF GREY SOUNDTRACK REPUBLIC 2,828