SoundScanner: Britney Flops While Garth Brooks Reigns (What Year Is It, Anyway?)

by (@grahamorama)

Lorde goes gold: By the time you read this, Lorde‘s Pure Heroine will have gone gold. On this week’s chart, the “Royals” singer (and multiple Grammy nominee) sees her album just 645 copies shy of the 500,000 marker, sales which she likely picked up earlier this week (and which will show up on next week’s chart). That makes the 17-year-old New Zealand singer one of the year’s breakout stars and out-of-nowhere success stories, even though she was looked over for a Best New Artist nomination by Grammy voters. “Royals,” meanwhile, has now sold more than 3.9 million downloads.

‘Timber’ holds the top spot: Pitbull and Ke$ha‘s “Timber” isn’t going down, it holds at No. 1 for a second week on a Digital Songs chart where there isn’t much change from the week prior. The top four entries – “Timber,” Eminem and Rihanna‘s “The Monster,” A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera‘s “Say Something” and OneRepublic‘s “Counting Stars” – are unchanged from last week, and there are only minor shuffles in the rest of the week’s Top 10. A bit further down the chart, Mariah Carey‘s seasonal classic “All I Want for Christmas is You” makes a big jump, bumping up from No. 66 to No. 20 on a 63 percent sales increase. And with increased holiday viewings of Love Actually, sales should only continue to rise throughout the season.

Christmas sales boom: ‘Tis the season for Christmas music sales, and the season’s two top offerings – Kelly Clarkson’s Wrapped In Red and the Duck Dynasty Christmas album – continue to rack up sales. Clarkson jumps up three spots to No. 3 this week, selling 112,000 copies and bringing the album’s six-week sales total to 442,000. Meanwhile, the heavily bearded cast of Duck Dynasty sees their Duck the Halls set fall one spot to No. 5, adding 105,000 sales for a six-week total of 473,000. Elsewhere, Mary J. Blige’s Mary Christmas is up seven spots to No. 8 (181,000 sold to date), and the soundtrack album to Frozen – not technically a Christmas album, but a winter album for sure – is up eight spots to No. 9, for a two-week total of 95,000 sales.

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