Update: While its official Billboard numbers are a bit lower than those reported by BuzzAngle, Incubus’ “8” still debuts near the top of the Billboard Top Album Sales and 200 charts.
It starts at #2 on the former thanks to what Billboard reports as 49K pure US sales. With TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500) added, “8” generated 52K in overall first-week consumption units. That figure is enough for #4 on the Billboard 200.
Sales data has arrived for the April 21-27 tracking week, and Incubus’ “8” delivered numbers just above early projections.
According to BuzzAngle Music and Hits Daily Double, “8” sold approximately 52,121 pure US copies during its first week of release. With TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500) included, it posted an overall US consumption total of 55,169.
Initial projections called for 48-52,000 sales and 50-55,000 total units.
Per BuzzAngle-Hits, “8” was #2 for pure sales and #3 for consumption. Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.” performed better in both columns (78,463 sales/233,301 consumption units); Drake’s “More Life” has an edge in consumption (77,959 units).
Due Sunday, Billboard’s more authoritative data may differ slightly, but it will not change the album’s position on Top Album Sales.
At worst, “8” may be #4 on the Billboard 200. BuzzAngle and Hits have Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” at #4, but it only trails the Incubus album by about 2400 units. That difference is within the potential margin of error/discrepancy.
Released in 2011, Incubus’ “If Not Now, When?” debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200. At the time, the chart only accounted for album sales.