SoundScanner: What Albums Are People Buying As Holiday Stocking Stuffers This Year?

by (@grahamorama)


Cash registers were ringing with music sales during Black Friday and Thanksgiving week. One Direction tops the chart, but an overwhelming majority of albums experiences week-to-week sales gains during the busy holiday frame. For a closer look, we present this week’s installment of SoundScanner:

One Direction tops chart: One Direction’s Midnight Memories tops this week’s Nielsen SoundScan Top Current Albums chart, selling 546,000 copies its first week. That gives the UK boy band the year’s fourth best sales start, behind Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience (968,000), Eminem‘s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (792,000) and Drake‘s Nothing Was the Same (658,000). The tally is similar to last year’s Take Me Home, which started with 540,000 sales, and is much bigger than 2011’s Up All Night, which debuted with 176,000 sales. Each of the group’s albums has begun its chart runs at No. 1.

Holiday sparks sales: Black Friday and Thanksgiving week shopping helped spike sales across the board; 88 percent of the week’s Top 200 albums experience week-to-week sales gains from last week. Big winners include Katy Perry‘s Prism (No. 5, up 252 percent from the week prior), Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Party (No. 8, up 318 percent), Miley CyrusBangerz (No. 9, up 228 percent) and Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2 (No. 11, up 349 percent). Daughtry‘s Baptized, which debuted at No. 6 last week, falls to No. 21, and is the only album in this week’s Top 25 to fall in sales this week.

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