First published on www.nielsen.com
Thanks to one major superstar release, overall album sales are up 18% over last week and up 3% over the same week last year. Year-to-date album sales remain down 5% over the same period in 2013. Physical CD sales are up 17% over last week, down 4% over the same week last year and down 5% year-to-date over 2013. Digital album sales are up 19% over last week, up 12% over the same week last year and down 6% year-to-date over 2013. Digital track sales are flat over last week, down 17% over the same week last year and down 13% year-to-date over 2013. Track-equivalent album sales are up 13.3% over last week and down 7.4% over the same period last year.
Taylor Swift’s “1989” debuts at number one on the Top Albums chart with 107,000 units sold, more than two times greater than the previous best one week sales total in 2014. It is her highest one week sales total, surpassing the 93,000 units sold in week one of 2012’s “Red.” It is the highest first week sales total for any release since AC/DC’s “Black Ice” in 2008 and is the highest first week sales total by a female artist since Shania Twain’s “Up!” in 2002. With 60,000 digital albums sold, it is the highest one week digital album total since SoundScan began tracking digital releases in 2005.
Sam Hunt’s debut album “Montevallo” enters at No. 2 with 5,300 units sold. His debut single, “Leave The Night On,” hit No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart this week. Other new releases debuting in the top 30 include “Ils Chantent Louvain” No. 5, Black Veil Brides No. 14, “Country Heat 2015” No. 25, Patrick Norman No. 26 and Yusuf/Cat Stevens No. 30.