Now they can really pop some tags. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ The Heist hits platinum status this week, while Katy Perry and Luke Bryan hold at the top of the singles and albums charts, respectively. #SoundScanner dives in:
THE HEIST HIJACKS 1 MILLION SALES: Last October, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ The Heist shocked the industry by making a surprise No. 2 debut on the charts, and this week the album crosses the 1-million sales marker. In its 46th week on the chart, the set sold 19,000 copies, bringing its total sales to 1.016 million. It does so on the back of three smash singles, “Thrift Shop” (nearly 7 million sold), “Can’t Hold Us” (3.9 million) and “Same Love” (1.7 million) that have sold a total of 12.6 million downloads. The Seattle duo embarks on their first arena tour this fall. #GRANDPASTYLE
VMAs BOOST SALES: MTV’s Video Music Awards aired Sunday, and while the awards show/ twerkfest’s full impact won’t be felt until next week’s chart, some immediate results can be felt this week. Aside from multiple winners Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ The Heist enjoying a 20 percent sales boost, artists receiving a shot from the VMAs include Justin Timberlake (sales of “Mirrors” rise 12 percent this week and “Suit & Tie” is up 14 percent), Bruno Mars (his album Unorthodox Jukebox is up 26 percent, while sales of “Gorilla” rocket up from 1,800 sales last week to 20,000 this week), Iggy Azalea (her “Work” is up 156 percent) and Kanye West (“Blood on the Leaves” is up 182 percent). Miley Cyrus, meanwhile, sees sales of “We Can’t Stop” drop 3 percent (it’s No. 7 on the Digital Songs chart, down a spot from last week), although her second Bangerz single “Wrecking Ball” arrives on the chart at No. 13 with 90,000 downloads.
’ROAR’ HOLDS AT NO.1: After last week’s huge debut, Katy Perry’s “Roar” sold 392,000 downloads this week, enough to handily hold at No. 1. In two weeks, the first offering from Perry’s Prism has sold 949,000 copies. (A bit further down on the Digital Songs chart, “Who You Love,” Perry’s debut with boyfriend John Mayer, debuts at No. 64 with 27,000 downloads.) Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” which debuted at No. 3 last week, falls to No. 5 with 163,000 sales, bringing ARTPOP’s first offering to a two-week total of 381,000 sales.
AVICII ’WAKES UP’ THE CHARTS: Swedish producer Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” jumps up four spots to No. 3 on this week’s Digital Songs chart, rising 27 percent to 175,000 downloads and bringing its nine-week total to 765,000 sales. The bluegrass sampling smash, which has amassed 72 million spins on Spotify, is the first single from Avicii’s debut True, which is due next month. Also making moves inside the Top 10 is Lorde, the New Zealand 16-year-old whose hip-hop skewering “Royals” climbs four spots to No. 6. “Royals” is up 35 percent this week, a bigger week-to-week sales boost than any other song in the top 50, bringing its 11-week total to 598,000 downloads.
BRYAN’S CHART ’PARTY’ CONTINUES: Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party holds at No. 1 on the Top Current Albums chart. The set is down 70 percent from last week’s debut, but its 159,000 sales give it a 15,000 copy lead over John Mayer’s Paradise Valley, which debuts in the runner-up slot with 144,000 sales. Mayer leads a week that sees four other titles debut in the top 10: He’s followed by Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank’s R&B supergroup TGT’s Three Kings (No. 3, 76,000), professional beach bum Jimmy Buffett’s Songs from St. Somewhere (No. 4, 55,000), lost-but-now-found rapper Earl Sweatshirt’s Doris (No. 5, 49,000) and A$AP Rocky associate A$AP Ferg’s Trap Lord (No. 9, 32,000).