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

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ARIANA GRANDE STUMBLES: After debuting at No. 1 last week, Ariana Grande’s Yours Truly falls sharply, tumbling to No. 9 on a 77 percent sales decline. The album has sold 169,000 copies in two weeks. Tamar Braxton‘s Love & War started off one spot behind Grande but this week is one spot ahead of her; the album had a better hold than Yours Truly, slipping 70 percent and sliding to No. 8. Love & War has sold 149,000 copies its first two sales frames. And Nine Inch NailsHesitation Marks, which debuted at No. 3 last week, falls to No. 12 on a 79 percent sales erosion, the harshest decline of any album in the top 200. The set has sold 131,000 copies to date.

MADONNA BARELY MAKES A DENT: Madonna‘s MDNA tour was a certified blockbuster, earning more than $305 million and playing to more than 2.2 million fans around the globe. It was the 10th highest grossing tour in history, according to Billboard Boxscore. But when it comes to the tour’s keepsake, sales weren’t as stunning: the 2-disc MDNA World Tour arrives at an uncharacteristically low No. 89 with 4,000 first week sales. (Madonna’s last live set, 2010’s Sticky & Sweet Tour, fared much better, bowing at No. 10 with 28,000 sales.) Maybe Madonna she should have promoted it by riding a wrecking ball naked. It’s not too lateā€¦

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