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Report: “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” Wins US Sales Race, Drake Will Stay #1 On Billboard 200

The “Mamma Mia!” soundtrack claims #1 for pure sales, but “Scorpion” leads in overall consumption.

Lily James in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again | Jonathan Prime/Universal Studios

This week’s US album race ends in a split-chart scenario.

The soundtrack to “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” boasts the best pure sales total, but Drake’s “Scorpion” resoundingly leads in overall consumption.

According to Hits Daily Double and BuzzAngle, “Here We Go Again” sold about 34K pure US copies this week. The count convincingly ranks as the week’s best sales tally.

Drake’s album, however, received a far bigger lift from TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1250 for paid services, track streams/3750 for free services). While it only sold about 14K pure copies this week, it generated about 181K in overall consumption.

“Here We Go Again” generated only about 46K in overall consumption. Well-short of the “Scorpion” figure, the consumption tally also trails that posted by Post Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys” (~64K).

Due Sunday, Billboard’s more authoritative data may differ slightly from that reported by Hits. The discrepancies should not, however, affect the top of this week’s charts. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” should claim #1 on Billboard Top Album Sales (pure sales), while “Scorpion” should resoundingly lead the Billboard 200 (total consumption).

“Scorpion” will be celebrating a fourth week atop the Billboard 200.

This week’s pure sales leaders (via Hits/Buzz Angle):
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Soundtrack (34K)
The Greatest Showman – Soundtrack (17K)
Drake – Scorpion (14K)
Mamma Mia! – Soundtrack (11K)
ABBA – Gold: Greatest Hits (10K)

This week’s total consumption leaders (via Hits/Buzz Angle):
Drake – Scorpion (181K)
Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys (64K)
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (46K)
Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy (41K)
XXXTentacion – ? (41K)

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.

Contact Brian at brian.cantor[at]headlineplanet.com.

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