Sia Gets First #1 Album On Billboard 200 With 1000 Forms of Fear Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.16.2014
Her best sales week ever...
Sia got her first #1 album on the Billboard 200 as 1000 Forms of Fear arrives with 52,000 copies. It was released on Monkey Puzzle through RCA Records on July 8.
While promoting the album, Sia didn't show her face during performances of "Chandelier" on TV and didn't pose for photo shoots. She performed with her back to the camera while a dancer or dancers interpreted her show. She did this on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. This goes along with her November 2 cover of Billboard magazine, which had a photo of her with a bag over her head and read: "This artist is responsible for over 12 million track sales … and doesn't want to be famous."
She previously appeared on the chart with 2008's Some People Have Real Problems (peaked at #26) and 2010's We Are Born (#37). The former was her previous best sales week ever with 20,000. Before that, she landed on the Heatseekers Albums with 2006's Colour the Small One (#14). She's best known as the female voice on David Guetta's "Titanium" and Flo Rida's "Wild Ones," which were top ten songs on the Hot 100. She wrote Rihanna's "Diamonds," Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)," Beyonce's "Pretty Hurts" and Britney Spears' "Perfume." Her own song, "Chandelier", is her first top 20 hit on the Hot 100 as a lead artist, and is currently at #17.
The album, while showing good numbers for Sia, is the lowest #1 album in almost two years. On August 11, 2012, Zac Brown Band's Uncaged was on top with 48,000.
The other big debut this week is Judas Priest, who get their highest-charting album ever thanks to Redeemer of Souls at #6 with 33,000. It's their seventeenth album overall and the first since 2008's Nostradamus. The band has been charting since 1978 and Redeemer is their eighteenth charting album. It's also the first to hit the top ten. Nostradamus peaked at #11.
1. Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear (52,000)
2. Frozen soundtrack (46,000)
3. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour (42,000)
4. Ed Sheeran - X (35,000)
5. Trey Songz - Trigga (34,000)
6. Judas Priest - Redeemer of Souls (33,000)
7. Now 50 (22,000)
8. The Dirty Heads - Sound of Change (21,000)
9. Miranda Lambert - Platinum (20,000)
10. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence (18,000)
Album sales this week totaled 4.1 million copies, down 5% from last week (4.3 million) and down 19% from last year (5 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 129.2 million, down 15 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (151.8 million). This is the smallest weekly sum for album sales since Soundscan began to track data in 1991. Weekly album sales have been under five million for the past twelve weeks and have only been over the mark for five weeks this year. A year ago, there were 21 weeks were sales were over five million.