Swift’s Big Machine mega-hit “1989” took the crown with total sales of 244,000 (off 43%), according to Nielsen Music data for the week ending Jan. 4. It was the eighth non-consecutive week in which the country-gone-pop singer dominated the chart; she has been dislodged from the pinnacle twice since the set’s release in late October.
Swift’s album outpaced the week’s runner-up, Nicki Minaj’s “The Pinkprint” (No. 2, 84,000 sold, down 46%), by a whopping 160,000 total units. It was the only title to sell in six figures for the stanza.
While the booming soundtrack albums’ numbers paled in comparison to Swift’s tally, they both made significant chart gains on the back of home video and theatrical releases.
“Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1” moved up four slots to No. 5 with a 70,000-unit score (off a comparatively small 13%). The Hollywood Records compilation album for Disney’s 2014 box office champ has had its numbers stoked by the pic’s home video release in early December.
The other Disney title, “Into the Woods,” was the lone set to make an incursion into the week’s top 10, which was devoid of chart debuts. The rendering of Stephen Sondheim’s fairy-tale musical – which has seen a domestic take of nearly $91 million since its Dec. 25 bow – gained 11 chart rungs in its third chart week, rising to No. 8 behind total sales of 57,000 units (up 9%). It was the only release to show an increase in this week’s top 10.
The rest of the top 10 was typically humdrum, with no new titles reaching the list as major labels closed their doors during the holiday weeks. The only release likely to shake up sales in January is “Title,” the debut album by “All About That Bass” hitmaker and Grammy nominee Meghan Trainor; the set arrives next Tuesday.
The rest of the top 10: Ed Sheeran’s “x” (No. 3, 83,000, down 26%), Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” (No. 4, 82,000, off 33%), “Hozier” (No. 6, 60,000, down 31%), J. Cole’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive” (No. 7, 59,000, off 51%), One Direction’s “Four” (No. 9, 55,000, down 58%) and Ariana Grande’s “My Everything” (No. 10, 43,000, down 45%).