Louis Tomlinson’s ‘Faith in the Future’ Debuts at No. 2 on Top Album Sales

Louis Tomlinson’s ‘Faith in the Future’ Debuts at No. 2 on Top Album Sales

Louis Tomlinson’s second solo album Faith in the Future Debuts at No. 2 Billboard’s Top Album Sales (dated Nov. 26), scoring the pop star his highest-charting set yet on the list, and best sales week (37,500 sold in the U.S. in the week ending Nov. 17, according to Luminate).

Faith in the Future Also, No. 2 on Top Current Album Sales and Independent Albums, No. 3 on Tastemaker Albums, No. 5 on Billboard 200.

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 Luminate, which now uses electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan to tabulate charts, began doing so in 2007. The Billboard 200 Albums Chart used album sales as the only measurement. This chart was updated Dec. 6, 2014. After that, the chart changed to a mix of album sales and track equivalent album unit or streaming equivalent album units. Follow @billboardCharts and @billboardcharts for all the latest chart news on Twitter and Instagram.

Top Current Album Sales lists the week’s best-selling current (not catalog, or older albums) albums by traditional album sales. Independent Albums reflects the week’s most popular albums, by units, released by independent record labels.  Vinyl Albums lists the top-selling vinyl albums for the week. Tastemaker Albums ranks the week’s best-selling albums at independent and small chain record stores.

Of Faith in the Future’s 37,500 sold, physical sales comprise 31,500 (with 16,500 on vinyl; 14,000 on CD and 1,000 on cassette) and digital album download sales comprise 6,000.

Faith’s first-week sales figure was bolstered by its availability across multiple collectible physical variants of the album. It was issued in 10 vinyl variants (including exclusive editions for Amazon and Barnes & Noble; as well as two indie retail-exclusive versions, one of which was signed), four CD variants (including a deluxe Zine/CD package, a Target-exclusive edition with two bonus tracks and a lenticular cover, and a signed Newbury Comics-exclusive CD) and three cassette tapes.

The set was preceded by the single “Bigger Than Me,” which became Tomlinson’s fourth solo hit on the Pop Airplay chart (outside his tenure in One Direction).

At No. 1 on Top Album Sales is Taylor Swift’s MidnightThe number one seller is, which has been at the top of the list for a fourth week (60,000 sold; down 36%).

Bruce Springsteen’s new covers set Only the strong survive Enters at No. No. 3 on the Top Album Sales Chart with 37,000 copies. It’s the 17th top 10 for Springsteen since the list launched in 1991. The Beatles’ Revolver Fall 3-4 with 10,000 sold (down 31%)

Nas’ King’s Disease III Bows at No. 5 with a little more than 8,000 sold (his 16th top 10) and GloRilla’s Anyways, Life’s Great… Starts at No. 6, with 8,000

Louis Armstrong’s holiday compilation Louis Wishes You a Cool Yule Rings at No. 7 with 7,500 copies. It’s the legend’s first top 10 on the 31-year-old chart. The new 11-track set is promoted as Armstrong’s “first-ever Christmas album,” though the late artist (who died in 1971) has previously released a number of holiday compilations alongside other acts that feature most of the album’s tracks (such as Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s Ella & Louis Christmas). Notably, Louis Wishes You a Cool Yule includes a previously unreleased recording from Armstrong, “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (also known as “The Night Before Christmas”), recorded shortly before his death. This is Armstrong’s first new track in more than 20 years.

Louis Wishes You a Cool Yule It also debuts among the Top 10 on Top Current Albums, Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums. It also ranks at No. It is ranked at No.122 on the Billboard 200. (Jazz Albums, Traditional Jazz Albums and Top Holiday Albums rank the week’s most popular overall jazz, traditional jazz, and holiday albums, respectively, by equivalent album units.)

Rounding out the top 10 on the new Top Album Sales chart is Harry Styles’ former No. 1 Harry’s House (rising 11-8 with just over 7,000 sold; up 17%), Prince’s The Hits 2 (16-9 with 7,00; up 59%) Stranger Things: Season 4 soundtrack (4-10, with almost 7,000 sold; down 51%)

There were 1.937million albums sold in the U.S. during the week ending November 17th, an increase of 10.8% over the previous week. The majority of that amount was physical albums (CDs and vinyl LPs) and cassettes. The total number of physical albums was 1.564 million, an increase of 14.7%, while digital albums were 374,000 (a decrease by 3.1%).

In the week ending Nov. 17, 648,000 CD albums were sold (up 2.7% over the previous week) and 903,000 albums were sold (up 25%). Year-todate sales of CD albums are 30.301 million, which is 8.2% less than the same time last year. Meanwhile, year-to-date sales of vinyl albums total 34.198 millions (up 3.1%).

Year-to-date album sales are 82.901 million, a 7.3% decrease compared to last year. The year-to-date sales of physical albums are at 64.976 millions (down 2.4%), and digital album sales are at 17.955 million, down 21.6%.

Article: www.billboard.com

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