Shania, Hedley and Tom Petty Loom Large On This Week's Chart

Shania Twain is back on top with her first studio album in 15 years debuting at the top of the Billboard album charts, rocker Tom Petty's death sent his music soaring back onto the same chart and perennial favourite Canadian band Hedley has itself another smash hit.

Twain's album Now sold 72,000 copies in its first week (and 137,000 copies in the US), according to data provided by Nielsen SoundScan. Additionally, song sales and on-demand streams generated 73,000 consumption units.

The sell-through on her comeback album earned Now the highest one week total for a release since Drake’s Views sold 92,000 copies in May 2016.

This is Twain’s fourth chart-topping album and first since Greatest Hits in 2004. She is currently the third best-selling artist in the Nielsen SoundScan era, behind only Celine Dion and Eminem and continues to have the top selling album of the SoundScan era with Come On Over.

Hedley’s Cageless debuts at 2 with 9,000 total consumption units. It is the Canadian band’s third album to enter in the top two, the other being Hello, their last release, which debuted in 1st place. All seven Hedley albums have peaked in the top six.

Miley Cyrus’ Younger Now enters at 3. It is her eighth album to reach the top three and third consecutive high-hitter. All ten of her charted albums have peaked in the top ten, either as Miley Cyrus or her character Hannah Montana.

Demi Lovato’s Tell Me You Love Me debuts at 4, making it her fifth straight album to reach the top five, including her last two releases, 2013’s Demi and 2015’s Confident, which both debuted at No. 1.

Following his passing on October 2nd, Tom Petty’s catalogue posts significant increases, led by his perennial bestseller Greatest Hits which re-enters at 5.

Three more releases re-enter the top 200, with Full Moon Fever coming in at 50, Wildflowers at 57 and Anthology: Through The Years landing at 60. Petty’s total sales, including releases with the Heartbreakers, solo albums, Mudcrutch and the Traveling Wilburys, posted a 1500% sales increase over the previous week.

Other debuts in the top 50 include A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s Bigger Artist at 10, David Gilmour’s Live at Pompeii at 19, Partynextdoor’sSeven Days at 28, Gabrielle Shonk’s self-titled album at 29 and Propagandhi’s Victory Lap at 32.

Thanks to a new remix featuring Beyonce, J Balvin & Willy William’s “MiGente” leaps 17-1 on the Digital Songs chart and moves to 2 on the Streaming Songs chart. It is the second Latin song this year to top the chart, following Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito.”

— All data courtesy of SoundScan with additional detail provided by Nielsen Music Canada Director Paul Tuch.

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