David Byrne, Judas Priest and Jimi Hendrix Have the Three Biggest Selling Albums in the U.S.

by VVN Music

It's a banner week for album sales in the U.S. as the top three spots on the sales charts are taken by veteran artists.

According to Hits magazine's projections, David Byrne's new album, American Utopia, sold an estimated 58,000 copies in its first week to take the number 1 spot in pure sales. Byrne is followed by Judas Priest's Firepower with an estimated 43,200 in sales and Jimi Hendrix' Both Sides of the Sky with 32,000.

Of course, as we've pointed out many times before, pure sales is only part of the equation used for the Billboard 200 and veteran artists generally just don't get the number of streams as modern ones. With streams included, Logic's album Bobby Tarantino II jumps from 30,100 in sales to 116,900 in sales plus streaming.  Byrne goes from 58,000 to 58,750.

When streaming is added to sales, Byrne sits at number 4 for the week which still smashes anything he has ever done, Talking Heads or solo. Talking Heads best was number 15 for Speaking in Tongues while David's solo best was 23 for Love This Giant with St. Vincent.

As for Judas Priest and Jimi Hendrix, they are estimated to come in at 7 and 8 respectively.

Also returning to the top ten in pure sales is Metallica's Hardwired...to Self-Destruct with just over 10,000 in sales. Streaming added about 1,700 more units but the album will still finish somewhere in the high-40's on the combined chart.

Final positions will be out on Tuesday.


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