Eric Church is no outsider: His latest album stomps a mudhole on this week’s SoundScan sales chart, earning the North Carolina cowboy his second No. 1 album. Elsewhere, Pharrell makes a move and controls the singles chart with his latest smash “Happy,” as if last year’s success of “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” weren’t enough for him. For more, here is this week’s SoundScanner.
Eric Church tops the chart: Bad boy country rocker Eric Church tops Nielsen’s Top Current Albums chart this week with his fourth studio set, The Outsiders. The album sold 288,000 copies, Church’s best sales week to date, doubling the first week sales of his last studio album, 2011’s Chief (which also debuted at No. 1). The Outsiders – which has been kept off Spotify – logs the year’s biggest sales week to date, and is the only new entry in this week’s Top 10.
Frozen goes platinum, Dragons go double, Swift hits a four bagger: The soundtrack to Frozen lands in the runner-up spot this week, and its 100,000 sales (up 13 percent over last week) push it over the 1 million sales marker. The album has now sold 1.051 million copies since its release three months ago. Also celebrating sales milestones this week are Imagine Dragons, whose debut album Night Visions (No. 6 this week) crosses the 2 million sales marker, and Taylor Swift, whose album Red (No. 77 this week) eases past the 4 million mark.
Pharrell has plenty to be ‘Happy’ about: Pharrell Williams, who just announced a March 3 date for his second solo album, G I R L, sees his Despicable Me 2 smash “Happy” rise to No. 1 on this week’s Digital Songs chart. It does so by selling 329,000 downloads – a 31 percent sales rise over last week – which eclipses Katy Perry and Juicy J’s “Dark Horse” by 52,000 sales. “Happy” has been steadily climbing the chart – it was No. 2 last week, and No. 3 before that – and with an upcoming performance of the song on this year’s Oscars telecast leading right into his album release, Pharrell should be smiling ear to ear for the next few weeks.