Hunter Hayes goes platinum: A little more than two years after it was released, Hunter Hayes‘ self-titled debut album (No. 72 this week) crosses the platinum sales marker. The set sold just under 5,000 copies this week, bringing its total sales to 1.002 million. The 22-year-old country star’s album was helped along by a deluxe reissue which came out in June; the week it was released, the album reached a chart peak of No. 7.
Halloween hits the charts early: Christmas music is starting to impact the charts, but what about Halloween music? The full impact of Halloween downloads won’t be felt until next week’s charts, but there are a few sneak peeks of what’s to come. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” sold 23,000 downloads this week, coming in at No. 61, up 100 spots from last week. Elsewhere, the answer to the question, “who you gonna call?” is still a resounding “Ghostbusters,” as Ray Parker Jr.’s 1984 theme song pops up at No. 119 on this week’s Digital Songs chart, adding 13,000 downloads to its tally, bringing its total sales to 622,000. And Danny Elfman’s Nightmare Before Christmas offering “This is Halloween” sneaks onto the chart at No. 195 with more than 8,100 downloads. Spooky stuff, indeed.