Childish Gambino Lands First No. 1 on Top Album Sales Chart With ‘Kauai’ Vinyl Debut
Leading at No. 1 is Childish Gambino‘s Kauai EP, which debuts atop the list with 17,000 sold in the U.S. in the week ending April 28, according to Luminate. It is his first No. 1 on the chart, and third top 10.
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Kauai was originally released in 2014 as digital download at retail, and charted for five weeks that year. It was issued on vinyl for the first time for Record Store Day (April 23) and nearly all of the album’s sales in the week ending April 28 were from its vinyl LP. Kauai were pressed on three different surprise color vinyl variants that were randomly distributed worldwide.
Billboard‘s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now Luminate. Pure album sales were the sole measurement utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units. Follow @billboard on Twitter and @billboardcharts for all chart news.
Bonnie Raitt‘s new studio album Just Like That… bows at No. 2 on Top Album Sales with 14,000 copies sold. This is her highest-charting album since Longing in Their Hearts hit No. 1 in 1994. Jason Aldean‘s Georgia – the second of his two-part album project, following last year’s Macon – starts at No. 3 with 13,000 sold.
Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ former No. 1 Unlimited love is the non-mover at No. 4 with 13,000 sold (up 42%). The album is now in its fourth week on this list. However, Record Store Day gave it a new silver-colored vinyl release, which helped to increase its sales.
Stevie Nicks‘ Bella Donna debuts at No. 5 with 12,000 sold (up 6,984%) – nearly all from vinyl sales of its new Record Store Day pressing. The classic album, which was released in 1981 and hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, was reissued exclusively for Record Store Day retailers as a double-vinyl set with outtakes, b-sides and demo recordings added as bonus material.
Kirk Hammett’s solo debut effort, Portals, starts at No. 6 with a little over 11,000 sold. The four-track instrumentals EP from the Metallica guitarist saw most of its sales come from two editions released initially through participating Record Store Day retailers: an ocean blue-colored vinyl record and a standard CD.
Wallows‘ Record Store Day-exclusive Wallows Singles Collection 2017-2020 enters at No. 7 with 10,000 sold. The compilation was printed on sky-blue vinyl.
The Cure‘s Pornography debuts at No. 10 (9,000; up from essentially no sales in the week previous) thanks to sales generated by its Record Store Day-exclusive picture disc vinyl pressing. Pornography was originally released in 1982, but this week marks its debut on any U.S. Billboard chart. It also bows on The Billboard 200, Top Rock Albums, Top Alternative Albums, Catalog Albums, Vinyl Albums and Tastemaker Albums.
In the week ending April 28, there were 2. 342 million albums sold in the U.S. (up 34.2% compared to the previous week). Physical albums (CDs and vinyl LPs) comprised 1.2%. There were 1. 941 million (up 42%) and digital albums comprised 384,000 (up 4.9%).
There were 615,000 CD albums sold in the week ending April 28 (up 1.9% week-over-week) and 1. 316 million vinyl albums sold (up 74.8%). Year-to-date CD album sales stand at 10. 702 million (down 12.3% compared to the same time frame a year ago) and year-to-date vinyl album sales total 12. 667 million (up 4%).
Overall year-to-date album sales total 30. 395 million (down 8% compared to the same year-to-date time frame a year ago). Year-to-date physical album sales stand at 23. 536 million (down 4.1%) and digital album sales total 6. 869 million (down 19.3%).
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