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With the holidays just a week away and with two new entries in the top 20, overall album sales are up 10% over last week, but down 9% 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 15% over last week, down 11% over the same week last year and down 7% year-to-date over 2013. Digital album sales are down 4% over last week, down 7% over the same week last year and down 5% year-to-date over 2013. Digital track sales are up 1% over last week, down 6% over the same week last year and down 13% year-to-date over 2013. Track-equivalent album sales are up 8.4% over last week and down 7.7% year-to-date over 2013.
Taylor Swift’s “1989” returns to the number one position on the Top Albums chart for the third week and the first time since its second week of release. The album posts sales of 24,000 units, up 18% over last week.
Two new releases debut in the top 20, led by J. Cole’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive” at No. 3 with 15,000 units sold. It is 2,000 units greater than the first week sales of his last album, which entered at No. 2 in June 2013.
The other new entry in the top 50 belongs to Carrie Underwood’s “Greatest Hits: Decade #1,” which debuts at No. 17 with 6,000 units sold.