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Don Henley Wins Album Sales Race, But Fetty Wap Takes #1 on BB200 (Updated)

Update: An opening week total of 87,000 pure copies earns Don Henley’s “Cass County” the #1 spot on this week’s Billboard Top Album Sales chart.

Fetty Wap’s self-titled album, however, tops the consumption-driven Billboard 200.

While it only sold 75,000 pure copies, the addition of Track Equivalent Albums (10 single sales = 1 album equivalent unit) and Streaming Equivalent Albums (1500 single streams = 1 album equivalent unit) creates a consumption total of 129,000 units. The aforementioned “Cass County” generated only 2,000 units from TEA and SEA for a first-week consumption total of 89,000. It takes #3 on the Billboard 200, behind the Fetty Wap and Drake & Future (107K units) albums.

The Top 10 of this week’s Billboard 200 follows:
1) Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap – 129K units (75K from pure sales)
2) Drake & Future – What A Time To Be Alive – 107K units
3) Don Henley – Cass County – 89K units (87K from pure sales)
4) George Strait – Cold Beer Conversation – 86K units (83K from pure sales)
5) The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness – 81K units
6) Thomas Rhett – Tangled Up – 76K units (63K from pure sales)
7) Taylor Swift – 1989 – 41K units
8) CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye – 38K units
9) Disclosure – Caracal – 35K units (25K from pure sales)
10) The Dead Weather – Dodge and Burn – 33K units (32K from pure sales)
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The self-titled release from rising star Fetty Wap may have claimed the most buzz, but albums from two veterans generated more pure sales during the September 25-October 1 tracking week.

Fetty’s album will, however, lead the consumption-driven Billboard 200.

According to Hits Daily Double, Don Henley’s “Cass County” and George Strait’s “Cold Beer Conversation” were the week’s leaders in terms of pure sales. Hits estimates that the former sold 81,987 copies; the latter moved approximately 80,218.

Because Billboard’s more authoritative data tends to differ slightly from the initial Hits report, one cannot yet definitively say which album will claim #1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart. The two country albums will, however, claim the top two spots.

Fetty Wap’s “Fetty Wap” sold approximately 74,609 pure copies and is thus set for a #3 bow on Top Album Sales. With Track Equivalent Albums (10 single sales = 1 album equivalent unit) and Streaming Equivalent Albums (1500 single streams = 1 album equivalent unit) included, however, its first-week consumption total improves to approximately 125,609 units.

That will earn it the #1 spot on the Billboard 200.

Drake & Future’s “What A Time To Be Alive” will take #2 on the strength of approximately 102,549 consumption units, while the aforementioned “Cass County” and “Cold Beer Conversation” will follow with unit totals of approximately 82,937 and 82,318, respectively.

Other top pure sales performers: Drake & Future’s “What A Time To Be Alive” (~65,513 sales), Thomas Rhett’s “Tangled Up” (~64,733 sales), The Dead Weather’s “Dodge & Burn” (~29,060 sales), The Weeknd’s “Beauty Behind The Madness” (~28,345 sales), CHVRCHES’ “Every Open Eye” (~28,244 sales), the “Hamilton” Broadway soundtrack (~27,118 sales), Disclosure’s “Caracal” (~25,404 sales), Luke Bryan’s “Kill The Lights” (~24,526 sales), Bryson Tiller’s “T R A P S O U L” (~22,453 sales).

Other top consumption performers: The Weeknd’s “Beauty Behind The Madness” (~75,301 units), Thomas Rhett’s “Tangled Up” (~72,733 units), Taylor Swift’s “1989” (~39,466 units), Luke Bryan’s “Kill The Lights” (~34,084 units), Disclosure’s “Caracal” (~31,404 units), CHVRCHES’ “Every Open Eye” (~30,744 units), Bryson Tiller’s “T R A P S O U L” (~30,453 units), The Dead Weather’s “Dodge & Burn” (~30,060 units).

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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