Eric Church Gets Second #1 Album On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.19.2014
With The Outsiders...
Eric Church's The Outsiders is now #1 on the Billboard 200 with 288,000 in its first week. This is the largest sales week of the year and the largest since Beyonce's self-title album sold 310,000 in its second week last December. This is also Church's best sales week ever. It's his fourth album and second #1 after 2011's Chief (debuted with 145,000). He also released a live album, Caught in the Act: Live, which debuted and peaked at #5. This the largest week for a country album since Luke Bryan's Crash My Party debuted at #1 with 528,000 (on August 31 of last year).
Church's album is the only new release in the top 10 this week. The next highest debut goes to The Glitch Mob's second album Love Death Immortality at #13.
Meanwhile, the Frozen soundtrack is still at #2, up 13% with 100,000 copies. This is the first time the album has passed 100,000 copies since January 5 (with 165,000). The album has now sold over 1 million copies, the first soundtrack to do so since Pitch Perfect passed the amount on December 29, 2013. The two albums are the first million-selling theatrical film soundtracks since Michael Jackson's This Is It in December 2009.
1. Eric Church - The Outsiders (288,000)
2. Frozen soundtrack (100,000)
3. Now 49 (77,000)
4. Beyonce - Beyonce (48,000)
5. Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox (48,000)
6. Imagine Dragons - Night Visions (41,000)
7. Lorde - Pure Heroine (39,000)
8. Toni Braxton & Babyface - Love, Marriage and Divorce (33,000)
9. Katy Perry - Prism (31,000)
10. Miley Cyrus - Bangerz (29,000)
Beyonce (up 26%), Night Visions (up 77%) and Bangerz (up 96%) benefited this week from Valentine's Day gift shopping. Night Visions was sale priced for $6.99 in the iTunes store and hits its highest chart rank since August 3, 2013.
Album sales this week totaled 5.4 million copies, up 20% compared to last week (4.5 million) and down 21% compared to last year (6.8 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 32.9 million,down 16% compared with the same total at this point last year (39.1 million).