Update: For the first time in its career, Panic! At The Disco wins an opening week US album sales race. And it does so with the best opening week total of its career.
The band’s “Death Of A Bachelor” sold 169,096 pure US copies during the January 15-21 tracking week.
With Track Equivalent Albums (track sales/10) and Streaming Equivalent Albums (track streams/1500) added to the pure sales total, “Bachelor” drove 189,977 total consumption units. That gives the album #1 on the consumption-oriented Billboard 200 chart.
The Top 10 of this week’s Billboard 200 (data is US-only and from Nielsen Music):
1) Panic! At The Disco – 190K units (169,096 from sales | New)
2) Adele – 25 – 147K units (121,468 from sales | US total now ~7.845m)
3) Justin Bieber – Purpose – 91K units (36,940 from sales | US total now ~1.402m)
4) David Bowie – Blackstar – 90K units (86,347 from sales | US total now ~260K)
5) Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface – 45K units (18,368 from sales | US total now ~655K)
6) Kidz Bop Kids – Kidz Bop 31 – 45K units (42,944 from sales | New)
7) David Bowie – Best Of Bowie – 43K units (23,798 from sales | US total N/A)
8) Chris Stapleton – Traveller – 41K units (32,354 from sales | US total now ~776K)
9) The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness – 34K units (11,347 from sales | US total now ~903K)
10) Bryson Tiller – T R A P S O U L – 31K units (10,438 from sales | US total now ~171K)
Thanks to the best opening week of the band’s career, Panic! At The Disco’s new “Death Of A Bachelor” easily won the weekly album sales race.
Per preliminary data from Hits Daily Double, Panic’s new album sold approximately 171,122 US copies during its inaugural sales week. Billboard’s final, more authoritative data will differ slightly, but it will not change the overall conclusion: the sum, the biggest ever for a Panic album, was by far the best for any album during the January 15-21 tracking period.
Hits anticipates Adele’s “25” taking #2 on this week’s Top Album Sales chart. The blockbuster effort sold roughly 121,708 US copies during the official tracking week.
David Bowie’s “Blackstar” (~81,511), “Kidz Bop 31” (~45,638), and Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” (~35,681) also rank among the week’s best-selling albums.
— “Death Of A Bachelor” will also top this week’s Billboard 200, which ranks albums based on the sum of pure sales, Track Equivalent Albums (track sales/10) and Streaming Equivalent Albums (track streams/1500).