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Florence + The Machine Wins Sales Race with 128K; Willie/Merle, Currington, Lil Durk Debut (Updated)

Update: An opening week sales total of 128,000 powers Florence + The Machine’s “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” to #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart.

The album is the first Florence + The Machine release to win a weekly sales race.

With Track Equivalent Album (10 single sales = 1 album sale) and Streaming Equivalent Album (1500 single streams = 1 album sale) data included, its first week consumption total registers at 137,000 units. That earns the album the #1 spot on the revamped Billboard 200.

The Billboard 200’s top ten follows:
1) Florence + The Machine – How Big How Blue How Beautiful – 137K total units (128K from pure sales)
2) Taylor Swift – 1989 – 66K total units (34K from pure sales)
3) A$AP Rocky – At. Long. Last. A$AP – 50K total units (32K from pure sales)
4) Jason Derulo – Everything is 4 – 37K total units (22K from sales)
5) Ed Sheeran – x – 36K total units
6) Pitch Perfect 2 – 34K total units
7) Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmie – 31K total units (30K from sales)
8) Meghan Trainor – Title – 30K total units
9) Zac Brown Band – Jekyll + Hyde – 30K total units
10) Maroon 5 – V – 29K total units

(Lil Durk’s “Remember My Name” debuts at #14)

Billy Currington’s “Summer Forever” debuted with a pure sales total of 21,000.
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Thanks to a total more than three times as great as that posted by its nearest competitor, Florence + The Machine’s “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” cruises to victory in the weekly album sales race.

According to Hits Daily Double, the new Florence album moved ~127,995 copies in its first week of release. While Billboard’s final, more authoritative data may differ slightly, its overall conclusion will be the same: “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” ranks as the week’s #1 album. It will debut atop the Billboard Top Album Sales chart.

With Track Equivalent Album (10 single sales = 1 album sale) and Streaming Equivalent Album (1500 single streams = 1 album sale) data included, the Florence + The Machine album boasts a first-week consumption total of ~138,139 units. That mark will earn it the #1 spot on the revamped Billboard 200.

Other top albums from a pure sales standpoint include Taylor Swift’s “1989” (~34,280 sales), A$AP Rocky’s “At. Long. Last. A$AP” (~30,717), Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard’s “Django and Jimmie” (~30,017), Billy Currington’s “Summer Forever” (~23,540), Lil Durk’s “Remember My Name” (~23,469) and Jason Derulo’s “Everything is 4” (~22,605).

Other top albums from a total consumption standpoint include Taylor Swift’s “1989” (~69,507 total units), A$AP Rocky’s “At. Long. Last. A$AP” (~46,275), Jason Derulo’s “Everything is 4” (~35,743), Ed Sheeran’s “x” (~34,455), Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard’s “Django and Jimmie” (~31,430) and “Pitch Perfect 2” (~30,237).

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.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

Contact Brian at brian.cantor[at]headlineplanet.com.

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