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Meghan Trainor’s ‘Title’ Tops U.S. Album Chart

Meghan Trainor's 'Title' Tops U.S. Album
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Meghan Trainor’s major-label debut “Title” has become the first album of 2015 to dethrone Taylor Swift’s “1989” at the top of the U.S. album chart.

Trainor’s Epic Records set, which contains the pop singer-songwriter’s breakout pop hit “All About That Bass” and its massively popular follow-up “Lips Are Movin’,” somewhat out-performed expectations, shifting 238,000 total units its debut week, according to Nielsen Music data for the week ending Jan. 18. Heavy streaming activity – nearly 8 million listened online last week — contributed to Trainor’s triumph. “Bass” will contend with Swift’s “Shake It Off” for record of the year and song of the year honors at the Feb. 8 Grammy Awards.

After topping the list the first two weeks of the year, “1989” dipped to No. 2 with a still potent 131,000-unit tally (down 15%). It marked the third time the album has been knocked from the top since its release in late October.

“All About That Bass” and “Shake It Off” are both represented on Kidz Bop Kids’ “Kidz Bop 27” (Razor & Tie), which signed in at No. 3 with an 80,000-unit bow. The Trainor and Swift smashes are covered in the franchise’s kid-friendly format.

Artist-producer Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Special” (RCA) climbed on at No. 5, reaping a 77,000-unit opening frame. Ronson, noted for his studio work with Adele and the late Amy Winehouse, notched a hit collaboration with Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk,” in late 2014.

The remainder of the top 10 included Ed Sheeran’s “x” (No. 4, 77,000, up 2%), Nicki Minaj’s “The Pinkprint” (No. 6, 54,000, off 10%), Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” (No. 7, 50,000, down 12%), Maroon 5’s “V” (No. 8, 48,000, up 138%), “Hozier” (No. 9, 42,000, down 15%) and J. Cole’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive” (No. 10, 38,000, off 16%).

The huge lift for the Maroon 5’s set, released last September, followed the release of the wedding-themed viral video for the track “Sugar,” which has been viewed nearly 51 million times on YouTube since its debut last week.