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U.S. Album Chart: ‘Furious 7’ Soundtrack, Ludacris Speed Past Competition

Furious 7” easily won the box office race over the weekend, and its dominance extended to the U.S. album chart for the week ending April 5, according to data from Nielsen Music.

The soundtrack to the action film jumped from No. 17 to No. 2 this week, up a furious 202% with 74,000 units sold. The popularity of the collection is driven by its lead single, a heartfelt tribute to Paul Walker called “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth.

Ludacris, who is among the stars of “Furious 7,” enjoyed a big debut for his latest album. “Ludaversal” arrives at No. 3 with 73,000 units sold, nearly a tie with the “Furious 7” soundtrack. This is the rapper’s ninth studio album, and his first release since 2010.

“Ludaversal” wasn’t the only new album to have a big premiere week. Wale’s “Album About Nothing,” which was reportedly inspired by his friendship with Jerry Seinfeld and his seminal TV show, debuted at the chart’s top spot, moving 100,000 units. The Atlantic release is Wale’s fourth studio album, and a timely tweet from Seinfeld himself surely contributed to its sales.

https://twitter.com/JerrySeinfeld/status/583818979061411841

New collections from chart veterans Darius Rucker, Death Cab for Cutie and Sufjan Stevens debuted in the chart’s top 10 as well. Rucker’s “Southern Style” entered the mix at No. 7, moving 57,000 units of his country tunes. Close behind is Death Cab’s latest, “Kintsugi,” which moved 56,000 units for the No. 8 spot.

Debuting in 10th place is Stevens’ melancholy “Carrie & Lowell,” which moved 53,000 units in its first week. The album, about the singer-songwriter’s late mother and stepfather, has been the talk of the NPR set, even earning a 9.3 rating on Pitchfork. “Carrie & Lowell” debuted atop the vinyl sales chart, according to Billboard.

After spending two weeks at No. 1, Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” slipped to the fourth spot, down 47% with 65,000 units moved. Lamar’s video for single “King Kunta” dropped last week and, with more than 5 million YouTube views already, its popularity has buoyed the album’s sales enough to keep Lamar ahead of the likes of Taylor Swift.

Swift’s “1989” remains in fifth place, where it has dwelt for weeks, up 14% with 59,000 units moved. In the 23 weeks since its debut, “1989” hasn’t dropped from the top five.

Behind Swift is Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour,” up 12% in sixth place with 59,000 units moved. Smith and Swift will compete against each other at the Billboard Music Awards for top artist on May 17 (that is, if either can manage to beat One Direction).

The soundtrack to “Fifty Shades of Grey” brings up the, ahem, rear, dropping from No. 3 to No. 9, down 1% with 54,000 units moved.

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