Republic’s Ariana Grande is #1 on our Album Sales Chart this week with Yours Truly, in yet another win for the firm of Lipman, Lipman and Walk. The songstress moved an impressive 135k (UPDATE: 138K) in her debut.
Ariana is followed by two other bows, from Epic’s Tamar Braxton (#2, 117k) and Columbia’s Nine Inch Nails (#3, 105k). Braxton’s last release, from back in 2000, bowed with 12k and has sold 96k to date, while Trent Reznor and company’s 2008 indie set debuted with 29k and has moved 115 RTD.
Two other debuts appear in the Top 10, from Columbia’s John Legend (#5, 65k) and Atlantic’s Jaheim (56k); Capitol’s Bastille opened strong with 34k for #11.
Chart veteran Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville) holds the #4 position with 67k (-30%), while Star Trak/Interscope’s Robin Thicke drops a mere 1% for sixth place with 57k.
Streeting today are XO/Republic’s The Weeknd, Capitol Nashville’s Keith Urban and Def Jam/IDJ’s 2 Chainz, among others, as the ramp-up to Q4 continues.
Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to go lick a sledgehammer. It’s how we blow off steam.