James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), commented on this week’s sales numbers issued by Nielsen (published in Billboard) and BuzzAngle Music (published in HITS Daily Double).
Big Sean rose to the top of the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts this week, scoring his second #1 album and fourth Top 10 solo effort with I Decided. The feat kept a surging Lady Gaga, fresh off her Super Bowl half-time performance, from reaching the summit. However, she still managed to place two albums in the charts’ Top 10, with Joanne reaching #2 on both and her nearly 10-year-old debut, The Fame, landing at #6 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on BuzzAngle Music. It’s a testament to the massive power of the Super Bowl performance slot, and with Gaga’s well-received performance, we could see renewed interest in her music linger as she gears up for her upcoming tour. Other notable debuts include Country legend Reba McEntire’s Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, which hit #4 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on BuzzAngle Music; the cast recording of hit Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen, which hit #8 on both charts; and The RCA-List, Vol. 4 compilation, which hit #10 on the Billboard 200. Next week, we’ll be keeping an eye on GRAMMY Award winners and performers such as Adele and Beyoncé to see how Music’s Biggest Night will impact their sales.