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Prince Dominates Billboard Top 200 After Passing

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Not surprisingly in the wake of his tragic death, Prince has risen to the top of the Billboard 200. But exactly how much he dominated the chart is impressive.

The late 57-year-old legend takes both the No. 1 and No. 2 slots with his greatest hits set The Very Best of Prince and the Purple Rain soundtrack respectively. With regards to the former, it moved 179,000 equivalent units (100,000 of which was in traditional album sales). Meanwhile, the latter shifted 69,000 units with 63,000 of those in pure album sales.

more Prince chart activity after the jump

Zayn Malik Makes Billboard Chart History

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Many questioned his decision to leave One Direction, but it’s clear his gamble has paid off. The 23-year-old singer has notched yet another record. Zayn Malik just made Billboard chart history with his debut solo album.

Mind of Mine moved 157,000 album units (112,000 of which were in pure sales) during its first week of release to land at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. By doing so, Malik becomes the first ever UK male solo artist to debut at the top of Billboard’s main album chart with his debut album. Insane!!!

Even more insane is the fact, Zayn is the first male UK artist to reach No. 1 since George Michael. The “Freedom” singer claimed pole position with Faith back in 1988 after nine weeks on the chart. In case you were wondering, it debuted at No. 41 weeks prior.

Impressed with Malik’s solo success? Do you think other One Direction members can replicate his success with their forthcoming solo efforts. Weigh in below.

Gwen Stefani Scores First No. 1 Album As A Solo Artist

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Forget the truth, this is what success feels like. After two previous tries, the 46-year-old singer scores her first-ever No. 1 album as a solo act with This Is What The Truth Feels Like. During her No Doubt days, she shot to the top with Tragic Kingdom (1995).

According to Billboard, her third solo LP earned 84,000 equivalent album units and sold 76,000 copies in pure album sales. Though third time proved to be the charm for Gwen Stefani, only time will tell if her new album will reach the numbers of its predecessors.

Love. Angel. Music. Baby. and The Sweet Escape sold 4 million and 1.7 million domestically respectively. To boot, both those LPs spawned a pair of Top 10 singles each. So far, her new singles haven’t even cracked the Top 50, despite being quite solid.

Did you purchase Gwen’s latest? Do you think she can deliver a Top 10 single again? Weigh in below.

David Bowie Albums Dominate Billboard Top 200 Chart

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During his career, David Bowie never topped the Billboard Top 200 chart despite releasing more than two dozen albums. His latest, Blackstar, which was released just days before his passing finally gave Bowie that elusive chart-topper.

Not only did Blackstar enter the chart at No. 1, but nine of his other LPs also entered the Billboard Top 200. According to Billboard, in the wake of his death, Bowie’s catalog saw an increase in more than 5,000 percent. That’s roughly 308,000 in pure album sales and 375,000 in song downloads. Clearly, it’s Bowie mania everywhere.

check out all his albums that charted after the jump

Final First Week Sales For Adele’s 25 Officially In

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Just when the record industry thought record sales were dead, Adele proves them all wrong. 25 not only broke N Sync’s 15-year-old record of pushing 2.42 million copies of No Strings Attached during its first week, but it shattered it.

Officially, 25 sold 3.38 million copies in its first week in the US. Adele’s third studio album becomes the first album to surpass the 3 million mark and only the second in history to pass the 2 million benchmark. Overall, it’s the 20th album to sell at least a million copies in a week.

Adele’s previous album, 21, sold 11.2 million in the US becoming the 10th-largest selling LP in Nielsen history. Having spent 24 nonconsecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200, it became the longest run on top for a woman ever. Can the 27-year-old break her own record? I’d say the odds are in her favor. There’s nothing this woman can’t do.

Did you buy 25? Congrats on Adele for defying the odds and proving people still buy albums.

Janet Jackson Notches Historic Seventh No. 1 Album

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Even without the benefit of a single press interview leading up to its release, or a radio hit for that matter, Janet Jackson scored her seventh No. 1 album of her storied career. Unbreakable tops the Billboard Top 200 chart by moving 109,000 in pure album sales and 116,000 total during its first week.

Even more impressive is the fact Janet did it all independently and without the support of a major record label behind her. She released it on her own Rhythm Nation label through BMG. Learn below what amazing accomplishments she’s achieved with her latest feat.

read what amazing stats she achieved with her latest feat


Seventeen proved lucky for James Taylor. The 67-year-old singer finally landed his first Billboard 200-topping album of his six-decade career. It’s almost criminal that he hasn’t achieved this previously. Before This World, his first album of original material since 2002, moved 97,000 units (96,000 of which were sales) in its debut week.

Taylor edged out a trio of high-profile new releases. Read below to see how Adam Lambert, Hilary Duff and Nate Ruess fared with their LPs.

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Beyonce Shatters iTunes Records With Surprise Album

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Bow down bitches!!! Beyonce is the undisputed queen of music right now. With no advanced album promotion, no physical copies to purchase and a full week of sales to tabulate, Beyonce still sold an insane amount of her surprise visual album, breaking iTunes sales records along the way. In just the first three hours of release, the 32-year-old sold 80,000 copies. That’s almost what Britney sold in an entire week for Britney Jean and that came with a huge marketing push.

With Billboard’s weekly reporting period over, the numbers are in. B broke the US first-week sales record by selling 617,213 downloads. It’s worldwide haul was an insane 828,773. The total was no doubt buoyed by the fact singles weren’t available to download. It was all or nothing to enjoy the Beyonce experience. Apple reports that her self-titled album hit No. 1 in 104 countries, including the US. Can you imagine what she could’ve achieved if she had an entire week? Who rule the world? Not just girls, but Beyonce.

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