SoundScanner: Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” Demolishes The Competition

by (@grahamorama)

That wrecking ball Miley Cyrus is riding managed to smash the SoundScan charts as well, as good ol’ Miley (she’s just being Miley, y’all!) makes a huge dent on this week’s Digital Songs chart. Elsewhere, Keith Urban and The Weeknd found themselves in a fistfight over the top spot on this week’s albums chart. As always, #SoundScanner is here to, erm, break it down:

MILEY WRECKS THE CHARTS: Sex sells – and so does construction site nudity and sledgehammer licking, apparently. Thanks to that video —you know the one— Miley Cyrus rides a giant wrecking ball to the top of SoundScan’s Digital Songs chart this week, as her second Bangerz single “Wrecking Ball” jumps from No. 10 to No. 1 on a massive 312 percent sales spike. “Wrecking Ball” – the video for which was viewed more than 100 million times since debuting last week – sold a smashing 477,000 downloads this week, the second best sales week of the year, following Katy Perry‘s “Roar” debut, which launched with 557,000 sales last month. In its four weeks on the chart, “Wrecking Ball” has sold 883,000 downloads, and will cross the 1 million sales marker this week.

KEITH URBAN, THE WEEKEND DUKE IT OUT: It wasn’t quite a photo finish, but Keith Urban’s Fuse and The Weeknd’s Kiss Land were pretty much neck and neck on this week’s Top Current Albums chart. Urban edged out the Weeknd by just 2,500 sales, with Fuse lighting up 98,000 cash registers and Kiss Land landing more than 95,000 smooches from buyers. The tally is a downturn for Urban; the American Idol judge’s last album, 2010’s Get Closer, launched with 162,000 sales. Meanwhile The Weeknd’s Trilogy, which complied the Toronto R&B act’s first three mixtapes, debuted with 86,000 sales last year.

2 CHAINZ, JANELLE MONAE, MORE CRASH CHARTS: Urban and The Weeknd lead a week where half of the Top 20 albums are debuts. Also hitting the chart: 2 ChainzB.O.A.T.S. II: #MeTime (No. 3, 64,000 – less than half of the 147,000 opening of last year’s Based on a T.R.U. Story); Janelle Monae’s The Electric Lady (No. 5, 47,000 – up sharply from 2010’s The ArchAndroid, which sold 21,000 copies its first week); Arctic MonkeysAM (No. 6, 42,000 – double the opening sales of 2011’s Suck it and See); Sheryl Crow‘s Feels Like Home (No. 7, 36,000 – down from the 55,000 first-week sales of 2010’s 100 Miles from Memphis); Earth, Wind & Fire‘s Now, Then & Forever (No. 11, 27,000); Kaskade‘s Atmosphere (No. 16, 19,000); Rise Against‘s Long Forgotten Songs (No. 19, 17,000); and Gloria Estefan‘s Standards (No. 20, 16,000).

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