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Kings Of Leon’s “WALLS” Easily Wins US Sales Race, Debuts At #1 On Billboard 200 (Updated)

Kings Of Leon WALLS Cover [Via RCA]

Update: Billboard has made the news official: Kings Of Leon’s “WALLS” is #1 on the Top Album Sales and Billboard 200 charts. It is the band’s first #1 album in the United States.

“WALLS” tops the sales chart with what Billboard reports as 68K pure US sales during its first week of release. The inclusion of TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500) yields an opening week consumption total of 77K, which is enough for #1 on the Billboard 200.

Drake’s “Views” follows at #2 on the Billboard 200 with 40K units, while “Suicide Squad: The Album” grabs #3 on the strength of its 35K weekly units.

The Game’s “1992” debuts at #4 with 32K units (25K in pure sales), while Twenty One Pilots’ “Blurryface” earns #5 thanks to a weekly unit total of 26K.

Credited with 25K units (19K from sales), JoJo’s “Mad Love” debuts at #6.
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Kings Of Leon’s “WALLS” predictably dominated the weekly US album sales race. It also handily led in consumption and will thus claim #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

According to Hits Daily Double, “WALLS” sold approximately 67,340 pure US copies during the October 14-20 tracking week. The tally, which nearly triples that of the #2 album, will easily be enough for #1 on Top Album Sales.

The inclusion of TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500) yields an opening week consumption total of 77,336 units. The unit figure will earn “WALLS” #1 on the Billboard 200.

Due Sunday, Billboard’s more authoritative data will differ slightly from that reported by Hits. The discrepancies will not, however, change the overall conclusion: “WALLS” will be #1 on the pure sales and consumption charts.

While it did not post the band’s best opening week sales figure, “WALLS” will be the first Kings Of Leon album to claim #1 on the Billboard 200. Its previous two albums “Mechanical Bull” (2013) and “Come Around Sundown” (2010), which previously ranked as the band’s highest charting albums, both peaked at #2.

Other top pure sales performers: The Game’s “1992” (~23,822 US sales), JoJo’s “Mad Love” (~20,260 US sales), Norah Jones’ “Day Breaks” (~18,775 US sales), and Green Day’s “Revolution Radio” (~17,458 US sales)

Other top consumption performers: “Suicide Squad: The Album” (~41,374 US units), Drake’s “Views” (~39,660 US units), The Game’s “1992” (~31,184 US units), and JoJo’s “Mad Love” (~27,705 US 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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