Update: Responsible for 215,000 purchases during the June 29-July 5 tracking week, Meek Mill’s “Dreams Worth More Than Money” easily claims #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart.
It represents his first victory in an album sales race.
With Track Equivalent Albums (10 single sales = 1 album sale) and Streaming Equivalent Albums (1500 single streams = 1 album sale), the album boasts an overall first-week consumption total of 246,000 units. That gives the album the #1 spot on the Billboard 200.
The weekly Billboard 200 top ten follows:
1) Meek Mill – Dreams Worth More Than Money – 246K units (215K from pure sales)
2) Miguel – Wildheart – 48K units (41K from pure sales)
3) Taylor Swift – 1989 – 48K units
4) Ed Sheeran – 39K units
5) James Taylor – Before This World – 33K units
6) Breaking Benjamin – Dark Before Dawn – 31K units
7) X Ambassadors – 30K units (25K from pure sales)
8) Sam Hunt – Montevallo – 29K units
9) August Burns Red – Found in Far Away Places – 29K units (29K from pure sales)
10) Magic Mike XXL – 26K units (25K from pure sales)
Thanks to a dominant opening week total, Meek Mill’s “Dreams Worth More Than Money” won the music industry’s final Monday-Sunday album sales race.
According to Hits Daily Double, Meek Mill’s “Dreams” moved approximately 216,173 copies during the week between June 29 and July 5. No other album posted a weekly sales total even one-fifth as great.
Billboard’s more authoritative data will differ slightly, but it will not change the reality: “Dreams Worth More Than Money” was the tracking week’s #1 album.
As of press time, Hits had only issued pure sales totals for the June 29-July 5 tracking week. Track sales and streaming counts, which inform the Billboard 200, is forthcoming.
The Meek Mill album’s victory comes amid the music industry’s adoption of a global Friday release day. In recognition of that new approach, Billboard will begin tracking sales from Friday to Thursday.
As part of the transition, the opening week “Dreams Worth More Than Money” sales total will count toward two sets of Billboard charts.
This week, Billboard will publish album sales charts accounting for the June 29-July 5 tracking week. Early next week, it will issue charts based on the eleven-day period between Monday, June 29 and Thursday, July 9.
From that point forward, Billboard will be able to adhere to a Friday-Thursday tracking week.
As far as the seven day chart goes, other top pure sales performers include Miguel’s “Wildheart” (~39,342), James Taylor’s “Before This World” (~32,179), Breaking Benjamin’s “Dark Before Dawn” (~29,215) and Taylor Swift’s “1989” (~26,916).