Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Album Ratings: Week Ending February 11, 2021

Albums achieve their positions on the weekly Billboard & Rolling Stone lists based on total units sold; a metric which is the sum of of pure album sales (sales of the entire actual album), streaming-equivalent album units (SEA), and track-equivalent album units (TEA). One SEA unit is equal to 1,250 premium (paid) streams, or 3,750 free streams, and one TEA unit is equal to 10 purchased tracks. There are two charts below: the first one has the top 10 albums based on total weekly units sold according to both Billboard and Rolling Stone. The two sites have different sources of data, hence why their numbers are different (but close). A second chart includes the top 10 albums of the week according to Billboard based on pure album sales, and the third chart includes the top 25 albums of the week, according to Alpha Data, with breakdowns of pure albums, SEA units, and TEA units.

Morgan Wallen again took the top spot in the weekly album sales chart selling 150,000 units in the tracking week ending February 11; that sum includes 37,000 pure album sales. The Weeknd's 'The Highlights' album dropped this week and landed in the second spot with 89,000 units and 6,000 of them in pure sales. 'Highlights' edged out 'After Hours' in pure sales, and due to some interesting Billboard rules, songs that appear on both albums only count towards the album with higher pure sales, hence 'After Hours' tumbled out of the top 10 this week. The Foo Fighters debuted 'Medicine at Midnight' in the third position with 70,000 units, but easily topped the pure sales chart with 64,000. Ariana Grande's 'Positions' ticked up to 7th this week with 32,000 units (vs. 28K) while Taylor Swift's 'Evermore' dipped out of the top 10, ranking 11th with 28,800. Of note outside the Billboard top 10 was SZA's 'Good News' (26,900), Doja Cat's 'Hot Pink' (20,800), Harry Styles's 'Fine Line' (20,700), and Taylor Swift's 'Folklore' (19,900). 

ALBUM SALES CHART (2/5 - 2/11/2021)
ALBUMARTISTUNITS
BILLBOARD
DANGEROUS: THE DOUBLE ALBUMMORGAN WALLEN150,000
THE HIGHLIGHTSTHE WEEKND89,000
MEDICINE AT MIDNIGHTFOO FIGHTERS70,000
SHIESTY SEASONPOOH SHIESTY62,000
THE VOICELIL DURK49,000
SHOOT FOR THE STARS, AIM FOR THE MOONPOP SMOKE41,000
POSITIONSARIANA GRANDE32,000
LEGENDS NEVER DIEJUICE WRLD30,000
WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GETLUKE COMBS30,000
IF I KNOW MEMORGAN WALLEN29,000
ROLLING STONE
DANGEROUS: THE DOUBLE ALBUMMORGAN WALLEN137,000
MEDICINE AT MIDNIGHTFOO FIGHTERS64,400
SHIESTY SEASONPOOH SHIESTY57,800
AFTER HOURSTHE WEEKND57,800
THE VOICELIL DURK50,800
SHOOT FOR THE STARS, AIM FOR THE MOONPOP SMOKE39,500
POSITIONSARIANA GRANDE31,300
LEGENDS NEVER DIEJUICE WRLD30,100
EVERMORETAYLOR SWIFT30,100
IF I KNOW MEMORGAN WALLEN26,500
MY TURNLIL BABY26,100
FOLKLORETAYLOR SWIFT25,700

PURE ALBUM SALES CHART (2/5 - 2/11/2021)
ALBUMARTISTPure Albums
MEDICINE AT MIDNIGHTFOO FIGHTERS64,000
DANGEROUS: THE DOUBLE ALBUMMORGAN WALLEN37,000
IF I KNOW MEMORGAN WALLEN10,000
THE HIGHLIGHTSTHE WEEKND10,000
UP ALL NIGHTONE DIRECTION7,000
EVERMORETAYLOR SWIFT7,000
POSITIONSARIANA GRANDE6,000
AFTER HOURSTHE WEEKND6,000
FINE LINEHARRY STYLES6,000
BARRY GIBB & FRIENDS: GREENFIELDBARRY GIBB6,000

ALPHA DATA ALBUM SALES CHART (2/5 - 2/11/2021)
ALBUMARTISTUNITSPURE
ALBUMS
SEATEA
DANGEROUS: THE DOUBLE ALBUMMORGAN WALLEN 156,53941,798108,9325,809
THE HIGHLIGHTSTHE WEEKND 88,8409,99569,8279,018
MEDICINE AT MIDNIGHTFOO FIGHTERS 68,11561,3896,205521
SHIESTY SEASONPOOH SHIESTY 65,4051,32463,618463
THE VOICELIL DURK 49,39115148,940301
SHOOT FOR THE STARS AIM FOR …POP SMOKE 39,3221,39637,435491
POSITIONSARIANA GRANDE 31,7107,32123,992398
IF I KNOW MEMORGAN WALLEN 29,83911,47416,6701,694
WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GETLUKE COMBS 29,0052,70225,388916
LEGENDS NEVER DIEJUICE WRLD 28,8292,03626,617176
MY TURNLIL BABY 27,96127927,476206
EVERMORETAYLOR SWIFT 27,6626,27220,945445
GOOD NEWSMEGAN THEE STALLION 26,57033725,337895
F*CK LOVETHE KID LAROI 24,38412323,950312
EL ULTIMO TOUR DEL MUNDOBAD BUNNY 24,10119323,676233
HOLLYWOOD'S BLEEDINGPOST MALONE 23,9941,79821,754442
TICKETS TO MY DOWNFALLMACHINE GUN KELLY 22,7372,32919,730679
HOT PINKDOJA CAT 20,70811920,193396
GOODBYE & GOOD RIDDANCEJUICE WRLD 20,08259219,369122
FUTURE NOSTALGIADUA LIPA 20,04698818,0401,018
FINE LINEHARRY STYLES 19,6715,07714,162431
FOLKLORETAYLOR SWIFT 19,6035,35914,081164
THE GOATPOLO G 18,7385518,59886
ORIGINAL BROADWAY CASTHAMILTON 18,6511,42317,047181
GREATEST HITS 1QUEEN 18,1474,32412,6861,138

Source: Alpha Data & Nielsen Media Research

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