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“Suicide Squad” Again Wins US Album Sales Race, Stays #1 On BB200; Justin Moore, PARTYNEXTDOOR Top 5

Suicide Squad Cover [Atlantic Records]

Update: Billboard has made the news official. “Suicide Squad: The Album” repeats as #1 on the Top Album Sales and Billboard 200 charts.

It tops the former thanks to what Billboard reports as 50,000 in weekly pure US sales. The inclusion of TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500) yields a second-week consumption total of 93,000 units; that total informs its #1 placement on the Billboard 200.

“Suicide Squad” is the first soundtrack since “Guardians Of The Galaxy” (2014) to spend two straight weeks atop the Billboard 200. It is the first soundtrack of any form since “Glee: The Music, Volume 3: Showstoppers” (2010) to spend its first two weeks at #1.

In terms of theatrical soundtracks, the last to rule for its first two weeks was 2003’s “Bad Boys II” album.

Credited with 71,000 units, Drake’s “Views” holds at #2 on the Billboard 200. PARTYNEXTDOOR’s “P3” debuts at #3 with 50,000 units (28,000 from album sales), while Justin Moore’s “Kinda Don’t Care” opens at #4 on the strength of 42,000 units (37,000 from sales).

Up one place, twenty one pilots’ “Blurryface” grabs #5 thanks to a weekly unit sum of 41,000.
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For the second straight week, “Suicide Squad: The Album” ranks as the #1 album in pure US sales and total US consumption.

According to Hits Daily Double, the soundtrack sold approximately 47,962 US copies during the August 12-18 tracking period. While down 63% from the previous week’s mark, the tally will allow “Suicide Squad” to retain its #1 position on Billboard Top Album Sales.

The inclusion of TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500) yields an overall second-week consumption total of ~89,594. That will be enough for another week atop the Billboard 200 consumption chart.

Due Sunday, Billboard’s more authoritative data will differ slightly. The discrepancies will not, however, be enough to impact the album’s chart placements. It will indeed remain #1 on Top Album Sales and the Billboard 200.

Other notable pure sales performers include Justin Moore’s “Kinda Don’t Care” (~37,956 US sales), PARTYNEXTDOOR’s “P3” (~29,053), NOW 59 (~27,016), Young The Giant’s “Home Of The Strange” (~20,711) and twenty one pilots’ “Blurryface” (~20,674).

Other notable consumption performers include Drake’s “Views” (~71,296), “P3” (~49,879), “Kinda Don’t Care” (~43,136), and “Blurryface” (~42,055).

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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