A lot going on with album sales in August. The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness and Halsey’s Badlands, which formally launched late Thursday night, predictably claim the top spots on the US iTunes Album Sales chart. Even though performance on iTunes does not always reflect how an album will perform on the overall sales chart, it is respected to represent a proper barometer this week. Beauty is expected to easily lead the Billboard Top Album Sales (and Billboard 200) chart, while Badlands is projected to launch at #2.
Powered by one of the strongest opening week sales totals ever for a The Voice contestant’s album, Melanie Martinez’ Cry Baby debuts at #5 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart. According to Nielsen Music, Cry Baby shifted 32,287 copies in the states during the August 14-20 tracking week. Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights (83,410), Ed Sheeran’s x (79,832), Dr. Dre’s Compton (43,081), and NOW 55 (~40,000) sold more weekly copies.
Carly Rae Jepsen’s E-MO-TION was recently just released and it unfortunately settled for a modest opening week sales total, bringing in something like 12-15,000 pure copies during the August 21-27 tracking week. Taylor Swift’s 1989 had generated over 7 million worldwide sales. Compton sold 278,558 units in its first week and is still the best selling hip-hop album out right now, with Chinx’s Welcome To JFK being 2nd and DS2 being 3rd. Wondaland Presents: The Eephus (EP) debuted on the Billboard 200 at #5, while Psycadelik Thoughtz debuted at 10. And Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late has officially gone platinum.