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Lumineers’ “Cleopatra” Wins US Album Sales Race, Tops BB200; Kanye Has Another Big Streaming Week

The Lumineers [Big Hassle PR Photo]

Update: Billboard has confirmed that The Lumineers’ “Cleopatra” debuts at #1 on the Top Album Sales and Billboard 200 charts.

It leads the former with what Billboard reports as 108K in pure US album sales. It tops the latter with 125K in total consumption (pure sales + track sales/10 + track streams/1500).

It seizes the sales chart throne from Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” and the BB200 throne from Kanye West’s “The Life Of Pablo.”

The two albums are #3 and #4, respectively, on this week’s Billboard 200. In addition to “Cleopatra,” they trail Deftones’ new “Gore” (71K units, 69K from sales).

The Kanye West album holds in the Top 5 almost entirely on the strength of streams. SEA (track streams/1500) comprises all but 1K of its 47K weekly consumption units.

Rihanna’s “ANTI” is #5 on this week’s Billboard 200.

With an opening week total that bests even the upgraded mid-week projections, The Lumineers’ “Cleopatra” wins the US album sales race.

According to Hits Daily Double, “Cleopatra” sold approximately 105,662 pure US copies during the April 8-14 tracking week.

Billboard’s final, more authoritative data will differ, but the discrepancy will not change the overall outcome: “Cleopatra” will debut at #1 on Top Album Sales.

It will also debut at #1 on the consumption-driven Billboard 200. With TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500) added to the pure sales total, Hits says “Cleopatra” generated approximately 122,763 weekly consumption units. The count bests that of the week’s #2 album by almost 55K.

Deftones’ “Gore,” that album, generated approximately 68,188 in total consumption (with ~65,462 coming from pure sales). It will be the runner-up on Top Album Sales and the Billboard 200.

Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller,” which topped last week’s pure sales chart, slips to #3 this week with approximately 37,906 copies. Other notable pure sales performers: Adele’s “25” (~23,287), Zakk Wylde’s “Book Of Shadows II” (~19,596), Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals’ “Call It What It Is” (~18,957), Joey + Rory’s “Hymns” (~17,276), and twenty one pilots’ “Blurryface” (~16,872).

Kanye West’s “The Life Of Pablo,” which topped last week’s Billboard 200 consumption chart, remains in the Top 5. The album was completely off the radar from a sales standpoint this week, but it still managed ~43,710 in total consumption units. SEA makes up the overwhelming majority of that total.

Other notable consumption performers include Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” (~46,583 units), Rihanna’s “ANTI” (~43,104 units), Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” (~37,780 units) and twenty one pilots’ “Blurryface” (~33,010 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.

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