It’s a resurgence of resurrection. Taylor Swift’s “Fearless (Taylor’s version)”, a note-for-note remake of her 2008 album “Fearless”, returned to the top of the Rolling Stone charts this week with a stunning 210,900 album equivalent unit, almost the most actual physical album.
The album first peaked at No. 1 in April, then moved 290,000 units in its first week. The reason for the horribly unusual revival is that fans have finally got the vinyl version they have been waiting for since April.
Of the 210,900 units he collected this week, 140,000 were full-album sales. Tally was impressive for the CD, with 1,000,000 digital discs giving him the second-largest one-week Tally of the year for compact discs, behind the first week for the same album in April.
But the real news was that on the vinyl front, the package sold 20,000,000 copies, which sold gold vinyl (or red, for the target version) across three LPs and for about $ 80. This is the second largest vinyl number in Alpha Data history … yes, there is only one big person behind for another Swift album “Evermore”.
With three releases in the last year and a half, Swift has established itself as the queen of contemporary vinyl. There will probably not be much of a gap between the No. 1 spot for its next release, though – “Red (Taylor’s version),” coming in November – because, for the first time, the vinyl version (which will be four LP sets) comes with streaming, download and CD versions. The date is coming.
Drake’s “Certificate Lover Boy” finally dropped out of the top spot with 109,100 units in its fifth week. With almost all of Swift’s focus on physical sales, Drake was still the king of streaming, streaming 136 million individual songs for the week. (Album sales? There’s not much competition for the Swift at 760.)
Mick Mill’s was the number one top-debut album of the week, his highest position to date. His “Expensive Pain” has bowed with 97 million streams.
Two other albums in the top ten have premiered: Tony Bennett and Lady Gagaar’s “Love for Sale”, Heading to No. 5 and Brandy Carlyle’s “In the Silent Days”, No. Debut at number.
Youngboy Never Break Again, which includes holdovers in the top ten, dropped to No. 2 in its second week, followed by Lil Nass X and Olivia Rodrigo at No. 6-7 and Doza Cat and Kanye West at No. 9-10. The three main bases in the top ten, Morgan Wallen, Kid Laroi and Billy Ilish, eventually slipped to 11-13 in all new competitions, respectively.
On Rolling Stone’s song chart, Drake’s “Way 2 Sexy” is back at number one. The track that it gave last week, Coldplay and BTS’s “My Universe” topped the list this week. The number has dropped.
The song charts were embarrassed with the big new entry this week, with top newcomer, Mick Mill’s “Intro (Hate Me)”, dropping to No. 17. Not at all
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