Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Prince Goes 1, 2 on the U.S. Albums Chart; Santana Starts at 5

Prince has gone 1, 2 in the U.S. on the Albums chart in an amazing surge of sales after his death.


The singer's death was announced on Thursday morning and the sales week finished at midnight that night yet, in just a few short hours, enough of his albums sold to put him at number 1 with The Very Best of Prince and 2 with Purple Rain

Also charting this week:
  • 06. The Hits/The B-Sides
  • 31. 1999
  • 61. Ultimate Prince
  • 95. Sign O' the Times
  • 147. HITNRUN Phase 1
  • 160. Prince
Expect to see many more Prince albums on next week's chart after a full sales week is complete.

Santana debuts at 5 with Santana IV, their first album with the original band since 1971. Their first album, Santana, went to number 4 while their other two, Abraxas and Santana III were number 1 sets. 

Ace Frehley is in at 23 with Origins, Vol. 1. That's a bit of a drop from his last album, 2014's Space Invaders, which went to number 9. 

At 63 is the debut of P.J. Harvey's The Hope Six Demolition Project which is, like Frehley, a drop from her last project, Let England Shake (2011 / #32). 

Metallica's two deluxe reissues of Ride the Lightning and Kill 'Em All both made the top 100 at 48 and 66 respectively.

Graham Nash starts at 93 with This Path Tonight, his best charting in the U.S. since 1974's Wild Tales (#34). He has only released three solo albums since but two only charted below 100 and the other did not make the Top 200. 

At 122 is They Might Be Giants and their 19th studio album Phone Power. The prolific group has been all over the charts for years; however their last "adult" album, Glean made it to 67 last year. 

Finally, at 189, is the latest from Marie Osmond, Music is the Medicine

The top ten albums this week by veteran artists:
  1. The Very Best of Prince - Prince
  2. Purple Rain - Prince
  3. Santana IV - Santana
  4. The Hits/The B-Sides - Prince
  5. Origins, Vol. 1 - Ace Frehley
  6. 1999 - Prince
  7. Life After Death - The Notorious B.I.G.
  8. Gore - Deftones
  9. Ride the Lightning - Metallica
  10. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers
The top five albums overall:
  1. The Very Best of Prince - Prince
  2. Purple Rain - Prince
  3. Sailor's Guide to Earth - Sturgill Simpson
  4. Anti - Rhianna
  5. Santana IV - Santana
The top ten vinyl albums:
  1. Sailor's Guide to Earth - Sturgill Simpson
  2. The Diary - J. Dilla
  3. Cleopatra - Lumineers
  4. Ride the Lightning (Deluxe) - Metallica
  5. Like a Virgin & Other Big Hits - Madonna
  6. Jah Won't Pay the Bills - Sublime
  7. Kill 'Em All - Metallica
  8. The Man Who Sold the World - David Bowie
  9. Capitol Theatre, Pessaic, NJ, 4/25/77 - Grateful Dead
  10. Ride the Lighting - Metallica
The top five singles:
  1. Panda - Desiigner
  2. 7 Years - Lukas Graham
  3. One Dance - Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla
  4. Work - Rihanna Featuring Drake
  5. I Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner
Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
  • Albums
    • Album Sales - The Very Best of Prince - Prince
    • Digital Albums - The Very Best of Prince - Prince
    • Independent Albums - Santana IV - Santana
    • Catalog Albums - The Very Best of Prince - Prince
    • Hard Rock Albums - Origins, Vol. 1 - Ace Frehley
    • Blues Albums - Dig in Deep - Bonnie Raitt
    • Jazz Albums - The Roulette Sides (EP) - John Coltrane
    • Soundtrack Albums - Purple Rain - Prince
    • Tropical Albums - 3.0 - Marc Anthony
    • New Age Albums - Dark Sky Island - Enya
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Digital Songs - Purple Rain - Prince
    • Rock Digital Songs - Purple Rain - Prince
    • Country Digital Songs - Humble & Kind - Tim McGraw
    • R&B/Hip Hop Digital Songs - Purple Rain - Prince
    • Adult R&B Songs - Good Love - Keith Sweat
    • Smooth Jazz Songs - A Little Attitude - Boney James
    • Latin Airplay - Duele El Corazon - Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin
    • Latin Digital Songs - Duele El Corazon - Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin
    • Latin Pop Songs - Duele El Corazon - Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin
    • Gospel Songs - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin


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