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).
For the first time in 2017, new albums dominated the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts, with five debuting albums making their way to the charts’ Top 10. They are led by Culture, the second album from Hip-Hop trio Migos and their first to reach #1. Like recent Hip-Hop and R&B chart-toppers Drake and The Weeknd, the album was driven largely by streaming, with 59% of its first-week total coming via this format. Migos are followed by Country star Brantley Gilbert, who notched his third Top 5 effort with The Devil Don’t Sleep at #2, and R&B up-and-comer Kehlani, who lands at #3 with her first official studio album, SweetSexySavage. The Now 61 compilation also started strong at #5, and Rock mainstays Train landed at #8 on the Nielsen chart and #7 on the BuzzAngle Music chart with A Girl a Bottle a Boat. Next week, we’ll be keeping a close eye on new releases from Big Sean, Reba McEntire, and Kari Jobe as well as the cast recording of hit Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen.