School is in session. ScHoolboy Q tops this week’s albums chart with his album Oxymoron, leading a week full of debuts. Elsewhere, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” continues to dance circles around the singles chart. That and more in this week’s SoundScanner report, so read on:
Q schools the charts: Top Dawg Entertainment rapper ScHoolboy Q leads this week’s SoundScan Top Current Albums chart, selling 139,000 copies of his major label debut, Oxymoron. That puts Q one spot ahead of his labelmate Kendrick Lamar, whose good kid, m.A.A.d city started out with 242,000 sales but peaked on the chart at No. 2. Q’s album boots the soundtrack to Frozen down a spot to No. 2, despite an uptick in sales over the previous week. The Frozen soundtrack sold 91,000 copies this week, bringing its total sales to a far-from-chilly 1.2 million.
Beck, Cudi crash the charts: ScHoolboy Q is one of six new arrivals in this week’s Top 10. Beck’s Morning Phase arrives in the No. 3 spot with 87,000 sales, a slight increase over his last album Modern Guilt, which started out with 84,000 sales in 2008. Just 126 sales separated Morning Phase from the week’s No. 4 album, Kid Cudi’s surprise release Satellite Flight: The Journey to the Other Moon, which also sold 84,000. That’s off from Cudi’s last album, 2013’s Indicud, which began at No. 2 with 136,000 sales. Other debuts this week: Romeo Santos’ Formula: Vol. 2 lands at No. 5 with 85,000 sales, Dierks Bentley’s Riser debuts at No. 6 with 63,000, and the Fray’s Helios is No. 8 with 37,000. Just outside the Top 10, St. Vincent’s self-titled set is No. 12 (29,000) and James Fortune and Fiya’s “Live Through It” is No. 13 (25,000).
‘Happy’ still No. 1: Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” didn’t win an Oscar on Sunday, but if you think that would slow it down you haven’t listened to the song. “Happy” tops SoundScan’s Digital Songs chart again this week, selling 413,000 downloads, a 3 percent increase over last week, bringing its total sales to 2.13 million. Its competition is non-existent: The week’s second place finisher, Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” is nearly 200,000 sales behind with a 217,000 sales week. The only other song in the Top 10 to post a sales gain over last week is Idina “don’t call me Adele Dazeem” Mendel’s “Let It Go” (130,000), which rises two spots to No. 5 on a 4 percent boost from last week.
“#SELFIE” posts a gain: Jumping up 48 spots to No. 20 on this week’s Digital Songs chart is “#SELFIE,” the utterly ridiculous – perhaps in a good way, but probably not – dancefloor rattler from The Chainsmokers. The song – which is like the catty spoken word portion of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” laid out over a fist-pumping EDM beat – sold 53,000 downloads this week, a 114 percent increase over last week, bringing its total sales to 92,000. “#SELFIE” is a novelty song for our times, and if it continues to catch fire, it could have the Top 10 in its sights. Since it was posted to YouTube in January, the video has racked up more than 4.4 million views; no telling how many of them felt dirty afterwards.
Jake Bugg hits the chart again: Jake Bugg lands two albums on this week’s Top Current Albums chart; last year’s Shangri La re-enters the chart at No. 83, while his self-titled debut album comes in at No. 153. Why now? Bugg performed on last week’s results episode of “American Idol,” in a performance “presented by” judge Keith Urban, who couldn’t stop talking about Bugg during the show’s audition rounds. Last year’s Idol winner Candice Glover also performed on last week’s show, and she sees her debut album Music Speaks slide down 21 spots to No. 35 in its second week on the charts. The slowest-starting album from an Idol winner to date, the set has sold 27,000 copies its first two weeks in stores.
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