I don’t know how she does it but Taylor Swift has become a BEAST on the charts. Just when we thought she was done in Top 10, she skyrockets to No. 2 on the charts this week. That’s right, Taylor Swift is right back on top.
Before we go into detail on how many copies she sold this week, let’s talk about this week’s No. 1 album, the only new album that charts above Taylor Swift’s 1989.
The album is by Fueled By Ramen’s Twenty One Pilots. This past week, the musical duo from Columbus, Ohio., released their now No. 1 album, “Blurryface.” In the week ending May 24, the duo’s album racked up 146,000 sales + streaming points, according to Billboard! Of the 146,000, 134,000 copies were “pure album sales.”
Back to Taylor Swift. Following the eagerly-anticipated debut of her “Bad Blood” music video at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, Taylor Swift’s album moved from being No. 9 on the charts to being right back at No. 2. How she accomplished this? The week ending May 24, Taylor’s Swift “1989” album, which was released last November, accumulated 40,000 sales. Add streaming points to that and you see a massive increase, 91,000 units, per Billboard.
The No. 1 album from the previous week, Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack, now ranks at No. 3 (31% decrease), with 74,000 sales + streams.
Zedd’s somewhat anticipated sophomore album True Colors made it to No. 4, despite the rumors of it “flopping.” True Colors racks up 50,000 units, 39,000 of which are pure album sales.
Another notable return to the Top 5 is Meghan Trainor’s “Title” album released in January. The album, which sold over 200,000 copies in its first week is back at No. 5 on the charts, pushing 47,000 sales + streams, according to Billboard. Once again, the sales increase can be credited to the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.
Mariah Carey’s “Infinity” album is no where in sight… that is until Top 30, where she sits at No. 28. The album pushed 17,001 sales since its release, according to HDD.
For more on the happenings on the charts this week, head over to Billboard or HDD.