Billboard 200 Chart Moves: '5 Seconds of Summer' Hits Half-Million in Sales
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Florida Georgia Line claimed its first No. 1 with Anything Goes. The set, released through Republic Nashville Records, sold 197,000 in the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the third consecutive country album to top the list, following Blake Shelton's Bringing Back the Sunshine and Jason Aldean's Old Boots, New Dirt.
Of course, there was lots of chart action elsewhere on the chart. Let's take a closer look:
— Andrew McMahon, Andrew McMahon In the Wildnerness - No. 21 — Singer/songwriter McMahon has charted under his own name, as Jack's Mannequin, the singer of rock band Something Corporate, and now this new stage name: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.
— Mary Lambert, Heart On My Sleeve - No. 29 — Lambert, who was one of many hit-making collaborators on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' album The Heist, is the second of those guests to chart an album on the Billboard 200. She follows ScHoolboy Q.
— 5 Seconds of Summer, 5 Seconds of Summer - No. 41 — The band's first full-length album crosses the half-million sales mark, as its self-titled release sold another 8,000 copies in the past week. Its cumulative sales now stand at 507,000. It follows their introductory EP She Looks So Perfect, which has moved 316,000. 5 Seconds of Summer is the 17th album to sell more than 500,000 copies in 2014. A year ago at this point, there were 26 titles that surpassed the half-million threshold.
— OK Go, Hungry Ghosts - No. 74 — The band's first album in four years (and first fully independently-distributed set) was funded via PledgeMusic. It also bows at No. 13 on Independent Albums. The group last charted with its final Capitol release in January of 2010.
— Neil Diamond, All-Time Greatest Hits - No. 165 — During the tracking week, Diamond conducted a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) chat (Oct. 16) and played NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Oct. 17). The resulting buzz helps his latest hits set gain by 16 percent.
— Jason Mraz, YES! – No. 198 — Sales of the album along stops during Mraz's current concert tour help push the title to an increase of 25 percent (2,000 sold for the week).