First published on www.nielsen.com
With five albums debuting in the top ten, overall album sales are up 15% over last week, but down 3% over the same week last year. Year-to-date album sales are down 6% over the same period in 2013. Physical CD sales are up 20% over last week, down 7% over the same week last year and down 6% year-to-date over 2013. Digital album sales are up 8% over last week, up 3% over the same week last year and down 6% year-to-date over 2013. Digital track sales are down 2% over last week, down 10% over the same week last year and down 13% year-to-date over 2013. Track-equivalent album sales are up 10.8% over last week and down 7.9% year-to-date over 2013. Pink Floyd’s “Endless River” debuts at number one on the Top Albums chart with 31,000 units sold. It is the legendary group’s first chart-topping album in the SoundScan era. They peaked at No. 2 with the 2001 release “Echoes – The Best Of Pink Floyd.”
Taylor Swift’s “1989” falls to No. 2 but still sells 27,000 units, boosting its three week total to over 170,000 units. It is now just 30,000 units behind the “Frozen” soundtrack for the highest selling title of the year. The Foo Fighters’ “Sonic Highways” debuts at No. 3 with 25,000 units sold and enters the Digital Albums chart at No. 1. It is their highest one week sales total since “In Your Honor” sold 33,000 copies in its first week of release in 2005.
Garth Brooks’ “Man Against Machine” enters at No. 4 with 8,500 units sold. It is his first studio album since 2001 when “Scarecrow” peaked at No. 6.
Damien Rice’s “My Favourite Faded Fantasy” debuts at No. 8 with 4,000 units sold. It is his highest charting album to date, surpassing the No. 16 peak of his last studio album, 2006’s “9.”