Lady Gaga’s ‘Chromatica’ Sits at No.1 on Billboard’s Vinyl Album Chart, Jumps Back to Top 10 on Top Album Sales

Lady Gaga’s former number 1 track ‘Chromatica’ returns to the top 10 on the Billboard charts, and is also topping the Vinyl Album chart for the first time following its first release on black vinyl LP on 25th June.

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The Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. Chart ranking history dates back to May 25th 1991, which is the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now MRC Data. On the other hand, pure album sales were the measurement solely used by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated 6th December 2014, later on that chart has switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track which is equal to album units and streaming equivalent album units. So, the new July 10, 2021-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on July 7th. In order to get the latest chart news from Billboard, simply follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

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Meanwhile, “Call Me” sold 55,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending July 1st, based on the MRC Data. The physical album sales comprise 50,000 of that figure, 40,000 CDs and 10,000 cassettes, while digital album sales comprise 5,000. The said album was made available as a 15-track standard digital download album, as well as in a 16-track deluxe digital and a streaming edition with one bonus track, “Safari.”  While the 16-track physical edition of the album, on CD and cassette, added a different bonus cut, “Fishtail.” For the vinyl LP release, release schedule will be announced soon.

CD and cassette products were exclusively sold through the artist’s webstore and sold out within a day. These were made available a la carte, as well as in four limited edition deluxe box sets that was sold for $25 each set. The contents of the box sets include either a CD, shirt and poster or cassette, shirt and poster. Although it has not been announced if any further CDs, cassettes or box sets will be created or produced, nor if they will be made available to any other retailers.

Debuting at No. 2 on Top Album Sales is the rock band Beartooth, with its latest studio album, “Below,” with 14,000 copies sold. This is the first top 10 for the band, which previously topped at No.13 in 2018 with tis last charting set, Disease (for the October 13th 2018-dated chart). Majority of Below’s sales were from vinyl LPs, with a little over 7,000 sold via the format, 53% of the set’s total first week sales. Likewise, the album also reached at No.2 spot for the Vinyl Albums chart ranking.

Sitting at No.3 is Grateful Dead’s 1971 self-titled live album on Top Album Sales following its 50th anniversary remastered reissue on 25th June. The set was the band’s second live album, which is often referred to as Skull & Roses, owed to its cover with a skeleton wearing a rose crown. Grateful Dead’s album sold 13,000 copies in the week ending July 1st which is up from a negligible sum from previous week.

While GD’s album peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard 200 back in 1971, this is its first week on the 30-year-old Top Album Sales chart on Billboard. The reissue also gathered an expanded CD and digital edition that adds 10 previously unreleased live recordings from the band’s July 2nd 1971 show at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, CA.

Meanwhile, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” falls to No. 4 on Top Album Sales in its fourth week on the chart ranks.

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Planet Her, Doja Cat’s new studio album sits at No.5 with nearly 10,000 sold, marking her first top 10 on Top Album Sales. A total of 6,000 were via digital download and 4,000 came from CD. However, CD had a limited pressing and was only available through Doja Cat’s webstore.

Grabbing his sixth top 10 on Top Album Sales, Gary Allan’s new album Ruthless sits at No. 6 with 9,000 sold. This is his first audio effort since 2013’s Set You Free debuted at No. 1 from the February 9th 2013-dated chart.

Taste of Love: The 10th Mini Album from TWICE falls to No. 7 in its third week with close to 9,000 units sold, down 19%.

Chromatica, Lady Gaga’s previous Top Album Sales leader returns to the top 10, after its 180-gram black vinyl LP debut on 25th June. Overall, the album has sold 8,500 copies across all formats which is up 304%, and from that total, 8,000 came from vinyl LP sales which is up 354%.

Lady Gaga’s Chromatica also tops the Vinyl Albums chart for the first time, it is re-entering the July 10-dated chart sitting at No. 1. The album previously debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the June 13th 2020-dated chart.

Chromatica’s new vinyl LP edition was widely available to all retailers and its first pressing on black vinyl. This accounts for the bulk of its total vinyl sales for the week. Chromatica was previously issued as a picture disc, in a transparent vinyl variant, as well as in silver, milky clear and translucent yellow-colored pressings. Until its black vinyl edition debut, the only widely available pressing was the milky clear edition of the album. Other variants were either sold exclusively through Lady Gaga’s webstore or through specific authorized retailers. Earlier vinyl released editions of the album have sold a combined 68,000 copies.

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Next, is Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” which falls to No. 9 on the Top Album Sales with 8,000 copies sold which is down 18%.

The Golden Casket, new album from the Modest Mouse opens at No.10 with nearly 8,000 copies sold. There about 4,900 of that total came from its CD sales, another 2,700 came from digital downloads, and about 200 copies were from its cassette sales. Vinyl LP edition of the album is expected to be made available this August. The album is the third top 10 on Top Album Sales for Modest Mouse.

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