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.
‘Everything is Awesome!!!,” indeed: The Lego Movie earworm “Everything Is AWESOME!!!” (capital letters and exclamation points are theirs) splashes the Digital Songs chart at No. 18 this week with 69,000 downloads, up 118 percent from last week, when the song did not chart. The theme song for the denizens of the movie’s Lego world (courtesy of Tegan and Sara featuring the Lonely Island) is selling better than the movie’s soundtrack, which is No. 41 on the Top Current Albums chart this week, up five spots from the week before. Between “Happy,” “Everything is AWESOME!!!” and Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” (the Frozen soundtrack single is No. 9 this week), three songs from children’s movies dent the Top 20 this week.
Britney Jean languishes: And where is Britney Spears in all this? Brit Brit’s December stinker Britney Jean just barely hangs on to the Top 100 this week, coming in at No. 97 with just under 4,000 sales. Since it was released 11 weeks ago, the album has sold just 238,000 copies – well below the 276,000 copies her last studio album, 2011’s Femme Fatale, sold its first week. On the plus side – well, there is no plus side, really. Send help immediately.
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