Review: The Lumineers sold a respectable 17K+ albums in the week to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Album chart in Canada, helping push overall format sales up 6 percent over the previous week.
That's the good news. Overall the format is down 20 percent year-on-year. CDs are down 14 percent in the period, digital albums down 28 percent, and track sales off by 23 percent. Vinyl sales are up 26 percent year-on-year today.
On the Charts
The Lumineers earn their first chart-topping album with Cleopatra (Universal) debuting at the top of the Billboard Canadian Album consumption chart this week, selling a robust 17,000 albums in the week.
That's nearly double their highest one week sales tally to date, reached when their self-titled debut sold 8,900 copies in February 2013. That album peaked at 2 a week later. The songs from the new album also totalled 2.6 million audio on-demand streams in the week. “Ophelia,” the first single from the album is No. 1 on the Modern Rock airplay chart this week and climbs 47-33 on the Hot 100.
Justin Bieber’s Purpose (Universal) slides 3-2 thanks to fans continuing to stream it. The album racked up 3.3 million on-demand streams in addition to the 13,000 song sales.
Gore (Warner), the new album from Deftones, debuts at No. 4 on the Album consumption chart, with 4,400 albums sold in the week. It is their highest charting album for the California alt-rock outfit the since their self-titled '03 release debuted at number one.
Alessia Cara’s Know-It-All (Universal) is a certified hit, neatly skipping 14-8 on the Album consumption chart. The album posts a sales increase of 98% over last week while songs from the album increased by 28 percent. Total on-demand audio streams in the week again totalled over one million.
Other album debuts in the top 30 include Lights’ Midnight Machines (Universal) at No. 9, Gord Bamford’s Tin Roof (Sony) at 16, Ben Harper’s Call It What It Is (Universal) at 17 and Zakk Wylde’s Book Of Shadows II (eOne) at 23.
Drake’s “One Dance” (Universal) slips 2-1 on the Digital Songs chart with 26,000 downloads sold, up 38% over the previous week. It is his first chart-topping digital song as a main artist to date, surpassing the No. 2 peak of his last single, “Summer Sixteen.” “One Dance” rips 13-2 on the Hot 100 and picks up both the Greatest Gainer for Digital and Streaming in the week.
Drake's other new song, “Pop Style,” holds at No. 20 on the Hot 100, posting a 73% streaming increase. Magic!’s “Lay You Down Easy” (Sony) bullets 91-56 on the Hot 100, and achieves Greatest Gainer/Airplay status. The song posts a 45% audience increase and a 50% digital download gain.
-- Data courtesy of BDS, SoundScan and Nielsen Music Director Paul Tuch