Meghan Trainor steals Swift’s spot atop Billboard album chart

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Meghan Trainor Opens at No. 1.

COULD SHE BE A SINGLES AND ALBUMS ARTIST?: Meghan Trainor’s pathway to Number One — her debut Title moved 238,000 units and displaced Taylor Swift’s long-reigning 1989 this week— has been more Pharrell Williams than, say, Lecrae.Meghan Trainor’s debut album, “Title,” opened at the top of the Billboard chart this week, riding the momentum of her anthem “All About That Bass” and her latest hit single, “Lips Are Movin.” “Title,” which was released by Epic Records, sold 195,000 full albums last week, while songs from it had 377,000 downloads and nearly eight million streams, according to the tracking service Nielsen SoundScan.

Whereas Williams exploded with a super-hot single, then released an album, then hit Number One in his first week nearly a year ago, Lecrae never had a hit single and quickly dropped out of the Top 10 after a Number One debut last fall. Title, which contains the Nashville-based singer’s hits All About That Bass and Lips Are Movin, sold 195,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan — the biggest first week for the first album from a female artist in more than five years. That’s a big number for someone so new, as many prefer to spend their money on established acts that they can count on, as opposed to somewhat unknowns.

Heavy streaming activity – nearly 8 million listened online last week — contributed to Trainor’s triumph. “Bass” will contend with Swift’s “Shake It Off” for record of the year and song of the year honors at the Feb. 8 Grammy Awards. According to Billboard, Susan Boyle was the last woman to start bigger with her first full-length was Susan Boyle, who sold 701,000 copies of I Dreamed a Dream her first week out in 2009. WHY SHOULD OK GO ALWAYS GET TO OWN THIS SPACE ON YOUTUBE?: Turns out Maroon 5 did not crash any weddings in real life — the band appeared to do so in a “Punk’d”-style video in which Adam Levine and crew showed up at a series of weddings, argued with dads, set up equipment, dropped a white curtain and made brides (and grooms) swoon.

Also this week, the 27th installment in the “Kidz Bop” series, which makes toddler-friendly versions of pop songs — the latest edition has hits originally by Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea and Ms. The album has performed so well around the world, her label (Epic) is reporting that at one time or another in the past week, Title hit the #1 spot on iTunes in 67 different countries. The reason for her massive success? “Meghan has tapped into a positive, infectious groove that cuts across just about every genre that exists in music today.” said Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Ronson’s song “Uptown Funk,” featuring Bruno Mars on vocals, holds as the No. 1 single for a third week in a row, with 400,000 downloads and 14.9 million streams.

Ronson, noted for his studio work with Adele and the late Amy Winehouse, notched a hit collaboration with Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk,” in late 2014. For you Kidz Bop trivia enthusiasts, the last album in this series to sell this many copies was Kidz Bop 23, which sold 81,000 copies in February 2013. Sheeran’s album had modest sales of 36,000 but saw the week’s biggest streaming numbers, with 12.2 million songs played on services like Spotify, Google Play and Rdio.

The huge lift for the Maroon 5’s set, released last September, followed the release of the wedding-themed viral video for the track “Sugar,” which has been viewed nearly 51 million times on YouTube since its debut last week. Behind Trainor is Swift, whose 1989 has never dipped below the runner-up spot, though it hasn’t maintained its reign on the Billboard 200 for its entire stay on the charts. This is one of the few weeks where the number of copies sold (keeping in mind that the chart that measures all albums now operates on a mixed methodology that incorporates album sales and streams) sunk below 200,000—quite the feat for an album that hit shelves in October. Behind Trainor and Swift are a few new titles, such as Kidz Bop 27 and Mark Ronson’s Uptown Special, powered by the current number one single “Uptown Funk!”

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