SoundScanner: How Does Prism Stack Up Against Katy Perry’s Other Albums?

by (@grahamorama)


Katy Perry has the biggest album in all the land, but how did her sales rank against her past chart performances? #SoundScanner has the answer to that and a look at the rest of this week’s chart happenings. Tricks, treats – we’ve got both. Let’s go!

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Perry’s Prism tops chart: She is Katy, hear her roar. Katy Perry’s Prism tops SoundScan’s Top Current Albums chart this week, selling 286,000 copies its first week. That’s Perry’s best sales frame to date; her 2010 album Teenage Dream debuted at No. 1 with 192,000 sales, and her 2008 debut One of the Boys started at No. 9 with 47,000 sales. Prism outsold the week’s No. 2 album, Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt, by a more than 6 to 1 margin. Perry also lands 10 entries on the Digital Songs chart: “Roar” (No. 8), “Unconditionally” (No. 22), “By the Grace of God” (No. 71), “Birthday” (No. 122), “It Takes Two” (No. 145), “Legendary Lovers” (No. 146), “This Moment” (No. 158), “This Is How We Do” (No. 162), “Dark Horse” (No. 191) and, why not, “Firework” (No. 199). Those 10 songs sold a combined 260,000 downloads. So yeah, Katy Perry had a pretty good week.

Lorde returns to singles throne: After briefly relinquishing her sales crown to Eminem, Lorde is back at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with “Royals.” In its 20th week on the chart, the song sold an additional 222,000 downloads, bringing its total to just under 3 million sales. The gap between “Royals” and the week’s No. 2 song, Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up” is sizable, with 63,000 sales separating the two. Lorde is holding strong on the albums chart as well, where her Pure Heroine comes in at No. 5 this week, one spot below Miley CyrusBangerz. Pure Heroine is off just 16 percent from last week (Bangerz, in comparison, dropped 40 percent from last week), and the surprise hit has sold an impressive 279,000 copies in four weeks. If trends continue, it could outsell Bangerz on next week’s chart.

Gaga, Swift, Bieber debut: A trio of pop giants make debuts on this week’s Digital Songs chart, beginning with Lady Gaga, whose collaboration with R. Kelly, “Do What U Want,” debuts at No. 3 with 156,000 downloads. Next up is Taylor Swift, whose “Sweeter Than Fiction” (from the soundtrack to the Paul Potts biopic One Chance”) debuts at No. 6 with 114,000 sales. And Justin Bieber hits No. 7 with “Hold Tight,” the last offering from his “Music Mondays” series. Meanwhile, Bieber’s “All That Matters,” which arrived at No. 6 last week, falls to No. 77 this week on an 85 percent sales slide.

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