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Lecrae’s “Anomaly” Wins Sales Race; Tops Maroon 5, Jhene Aiko (Updated)

Update: Billboard has confirmed that Lecrae’s “Anomaly” was last week’s best-selling album.

The release tops the Billboard 200 on the strength of 88,000 first-week sales. Maroon 5’s “V” follows with 80,000 sales, while Jhene Aiko’s “Souled Out” debuts at #3 on the strength of 70,000.

The full weekly top ten:

1) Lecrae – Anomaly – 88,000
2) Maroon 5 – V – 80,000
3) Jhene Aiko – Souled out – 70,000
4) Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams – 45,000
5) Lee Brice – I Don’t Dance – 38,000
6) Jeezy – Seen it All – 33,000
7) Interpol – El Pintor – 31,000
8) Dustin Lynch – Where it’s At – 31,000
9) Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Vol. 1 – 30,000
10) Robert Plant – lullaby And … The Ceaseless Roar – 29,000
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While Lecrae’s “Anomaly” did not dominate the weekly album sales race, it claimed first place by a wider than anticipated margin.

According to Hits Daily Double’s weekly sales listing, which typically differs only slightly from that officially reported by Billboard, “Anomaly” topped expectations–and the chart–with opening week sales of approximately 88,299.

Maroon 5’s “V,” last week’s leader, followed in the #2 position with sales of approximately 78,650.

Jhene Aiko’s new release “Souled Out,” which initially appeared capable of a #1 debut, settled for #3. Its estimated opening week total of 71,230 fell within the projected 70-75,000, but its failure to top that expectation kept it away from the weekly throne.

Ryan Adams’ “Ryan Adams” and Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance” closed out Hits Daily Double’s top five with inaugural sales frames of about 40,478 and 39,280, respectively.

Billboard will begin revealing its more authoritative sales data Wednesday morning.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

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