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Pentatonix Wins Album Sales Race With 88K, Also Takes #1 on Billboard 200

As the October 16-22 tracking week neared its conclusion, it became clear that Pentatonix’s “Pentatonix” was going to edge Demi Lovato’s “Confident” in the pure sales race.

“Confident,” however, appeared poised to take #1 on the consumption-driven Billboard 200.

Final data has been tabulated, and the self-titled Pentatonix album actually debuts atop both charts.

According to Nielsen Music, “Pentatonix” sold 88,000 pure US copies during its first week of availability. That gives it a comfortable edge over “Confident,” which generated 77,000 in conventional album sales.

With Track Equivalent Albums (10 single sales = 1 album sale) and Streaming Equivalent Albums (1500 single streams = 1 album sale) included, “Pentatonix” remains ahead of “Confident.” It generated just over 98,000 total consumption units.

“Confident generated slightly fewer first-week consumption units. Its total rounds to the same 98,000, but it trails that of “Pentatonix” on the chart.

The Top 10 of this week’s Billboard 200 follow:

1) Pentatonix – Pentatonix – 98K units (88K from sales)
2) Demi Lovato – Confident – 98K units (77K from sales)
3) The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness – 62K units (23K from sales)
4) Machine Gun Kelly – General Admission – 56K units (49K from sales)
5) Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap – 48K units (13K from sales)
6) The Game – The Documentary 2.5 – 48K units (42K from sales)
7) Selena Gomez – Revival – 46K units (22K from sales)
8) Drake & Future – What A Time To Be Alive – 43K units (12K from sales)
9) Taylor Swift – 1989 – 37K units (20K from sales)
10) Coheed and Cambria – 32K units (31K from sales)

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.

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