James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), commented on this week’s sales numbers issued by Nielsen (published by Billboard — albums; singles) and BuzzAngle Music (published by HITS Daily Double — albums; singles).
“Country superstar Kenny Chesney earned his eighth #1 album on the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts this week with his new live record Live in No Shoes Nation moving more than 219,000 album equivalent units. The album, a collection of live performances from the last decade (featuring guest appearances by stars including Taylor Swift and Dave Matthews), is the first live album to top the charts since 2010’s Hope For Haiti Now set. Kelly Clarkson, who was a featured speaker on our Music Biz 2017 Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out program, saw her new album Meaning of Life bow at #2 on both charts, with over 76,000 album equivalent units sold. Other notable debuts included Chris Brown’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon; a collaborative album between 21 Savage, Offset and Metro Boomin’; and rapper Yo Gotti’s I Still Am.
“Meanwhile on the singles front, Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ (featuring 21 Savage) continues to rule the Billboard Hot 100 and BuzzAngle Top Songs chart for a fourth straight week, making it the longest a rap song has stayed perched at #1 this year (previously held by Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow (Body Moves)’ and Migos’ ‘Bad and Boujee.’ Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello’s'”Havana’ jumped to #2 on both charts, while Lil Pump’s ‘Gucci Gang’ moved up to #7 on on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on BuzzAngle Top Songs.
“Next week, we’ll be keeping an eye out for Blake Shelton’s Texoma Shore, Kid Rock’s Sweet Southern Sugar, and Sam Smith’s The Thrill of It All, all of which should make notable dents on the BuzzAngle Music and Nielsen charts.”