James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz), commented on this week’s sales numbers issued by Nielsen (published in Billboard: albums, singles) and Border City Media (published in HITS Daily Double: albums, singles).
“LCD Soundsystem became the third act in a row to top the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts for the first time this week. American Dream, the band’s first album in over 7 years, moved over 84,000 equivalent album units to take the #1 spot on both charts, following career-first chart-toppers from Brand New and Lil Uzi Vert over the last two weeks. LCD Soundsystem also joins the ranks of Arcade Fire, The Chainsmokers, and Katy Perry, who all reached #1 this year with the help of a concert ticket/album bundle.
On the singles charts, women took the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in nearly three years, with Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ at #1 and Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)’ at #2. Taylor was also in the mix the last time this happened back in 2014, when ‘Blank Space’ topped the chart and Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’ was the runner-up. Even more impressive, Taylor doubled up in the Hot 100 Top 5 with ‘…Ready for It?,’ which landed at #4. Over on the BuzzAngle Music Top Songs chart, Taylor took both of the Top 2 spots herself, with Cardi B at #4 and Logic’s ‘1-800-273-8255’ at #3. Logic also took #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Next week, we’ll be watching to see whether Thomas Rhett can score the first #1 album of the year for Country with Life Changes or whether he will be held off by a slew of debuting albums from The National, Gregg Allman, Jack Johnson, Kip Moore, Dustin Lynch, Neil Young, Tori Amos, and more.”