[WEEKLY SALES] One Direction ties The Beatles as Niall Horan tops charts: Comment from Music Biz President James Donio

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 — albumssingles).

“Niall Horan became the third former member of Pop group One Direction to top the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts with a solo album this week, equaling a feat achieved only by The Beatles. Horan’s Flicker moved over 148,000 album equivalent units to land at #1, matching his former bandmates and fellow solo chart-toppers Harry Styles and Zayn. Much like other recent #1 albums from P!nk, Shania Twain, and The Killers, Flicker was boosted by a concert ticket/album bundle. Horan also appeared on popular TV programs The Ellen DeGeneres ShowJimmy Kimmel Live, and Today to perform live and promote the album. Other Top 10 debuts include Future & Young Thug’s Super Slimey at #2, Chris Young’s Losing Sleep at #5, and Darius Rucker’s When Was the Last Time at #8 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on the BuzzAngle Music chart.

“Meanwhile, on the singles charts, Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ featuring 21 Savage continued its reign on the Billboard Hot 100 and BuzzAngle Top Songs charts for a third week, while Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’ featuring Young Thug jumped to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the BuzzAngle Top Songs chart. Ed Sheeran also saw a big boost for his ballad ‘Perfect,’ which reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on BuzzAngle Top Songs. Finally, Taylor Swift’s ‘Gorgeous’ also impacted the charts, landing at #2 on the BuzzAngle Top Songs chart and #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, the song easily topped Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart tying Rihanna’s record of 14 chart leaders.

“Next week, we’ll see whether Kelly Clarkson, who was a featured speaker ​on our Music Biz 2017 Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out program​, can reach #1 with her new album, Meaning of Life.”