5 Seconds of Summer Album Sales
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Aussie pop quartet 5 Seconds of Summer took the No. 1 slot on the U.S. album chart last week with some of the year’s biggest numbers.

The quartet’s self-titled Capitol debut burst onto the list with a 259,000-unit bow, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending July 27. Only Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” (383,000) and Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” (288,000) debuted with higher first-week scores. The group made its first chart impression in April, when its EP “She Looks So Perfect” arrived at No. 2 with a 143,000-copy frame; set has sold 290,000 to date. The act kicks off a U.S. tour in November.

The 5 Seconds of Summer set dwarfed the week’s other titles. Rapper Common’s “Nobody’s Smiling” (Def Jam) launched at No. 6 with sales of 24,000. It’s the veteran Chicago rapper’s highest-charting title since “Finding Forever” claimed the No. 1 slot in 2007.

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Metal unit Crown the Empire seized No. 7 with “The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways” (Rise), which moved 24,000. (It shifted under 400 copies less than Common’s set.) It’s the Dallas sextet’s first incursion on the top albums chart after a 2012 album and 2011 debut EP.

The rest of the week’s chart comprised holdovers: the “Frozen” soundtrack” (No. 2, 37,000 sold, off 15%), “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Mandatory Fun” (No. 3, 33,000, down 68%), Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” (No. 4, 31,000, off 12%), Kidz Bop Kids’ “Kidz Bop 26” (No. 5, 27,000, down 42%), the “Now 50” compilation (No. 8, 21,000, off 8%), Jason Mraz’s “Yes!” (No. 9, 20,000, down 75%) and Ed Sheeran’s “x” (No. 10, 20,000, down 16%). The Mraz and Sheeran titles were separated by just 53 units.

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