The Weeknd keeps new albums off top spot on Billboard 200 chart

22 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hip Hop Album Sales: Jay Rock, The Weeknd & TIP.

This week on the music charts, the Weeknd’s “Beauty Behind the Madness” (XO/Republic) is taking a third victory lap at No. 1, and new industry statistics show that streaming now contributes about one-third of the revenue for the American record business. “Beauty Behind the Madness” sold 48,000 copies last week and garnered 39 million streams in the United States, according to Nielsen, giving the Weeknd — the 25-year-old Canadian star born Abel Tesfaye — another week atop Billboard’s album chart. Also this week, the British rock band Bring Me the Horizon opens at No. 2 with “That’s the Spirit” (Columbia); the country singer Brett Eldredge starts at No. 3 with “Illinois” (Atlantic); and Slayer bows at No. 4 with “Repentless” (Nuclear Blast). The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

The Canadian singer’s sophomore LP, Beauty Behind the Madness, saw 98,810 units of total activity, a 32 percent drop from last week, but enough to keep it on the top of the chart. According to the group, streaming services of all kinds — including “on demand” and subscription outlets like Spotify, as well as Internet radio like Pandora — yielded $1.03 billion in retail revenue, up 23 percent from the same period last year. In one puzzle, revenue from digital subscriptions grew 25 percent to $478 million, but the number of subscribers barely changed, rising to 8.1 million from 7.9 million.

Now all four members of Black Hippy have a project to reach the top 20 with ScHoolboy Q reaching #1 with Oxymoron, Ab-Soul peaking at #11 with These Days… and Kendrick Lamar reaching #1 this year with To Pimp a Butterfly. Paris, Illinois native Brett Eldredge crooned his way this week as his country album made it at No.3 for 44,000 strong album sales from a unit of 51,000. Friedlander, the association’s vice president of strategic data analysis, was “bundled subscriptions that likely had lower price points that are no longer on the market.” At the same time, CD sales are plunging. Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. Rock veterans Slayer also claim their highest charting album yet with the No. 4 debut of Repentless (50,000 units, with 49,000 from pure album sales).

Over all, the shifting sales patterns barely changed the industry’s finances, with a total of $3.166 billion in revenue, down slightly from $3.182 billion from the first half of 2014. Swift’s 1989 climbs 7-5 with 41,000 units (down 6 percent), Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights is steady at No. 6 with 37,000 units (down 17 percent) and Five Finger Death Punch’s Got Your Six slides 2-7 with 34,000 units (down 71 percent in its second week).

The band last went higher (and was last in the Top 10) with its second self-titled 1993 album, which debuted and peaked at No. 7 on the March 13, 1993-dated list. (That set was fueled by the smash single “Ordinary World,” which spent seven weeks atop the Pop Songs airplay chart.) Paper Gods is Duran Duran’s sixth Top 10 album, following Rio (No. 6 in 1983), the band’s first self-titled album (No. 10; 1983), Seven and the Ragged Tiger (No. 8; 1984), Arena (No. 4; 1985) and a second self-titled set (also referred to as The Wedding Album) in 1993.

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