Chart Moves: Soundtracks Rule, Tony Awards Spur 67% Cast Album Sales Gains

This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Jack White tallied his second No. 1 album as "Lazaretto" debuted at No. 1 with 138,000 copies sold in the week ending June 15. He also made big news with the vinyl edition of the set, selling 40,000 copies -- a record week for a vinyl album since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.

Let's take a look at some of the chart's other movers and shakers:

-- Soundtrack, "The Fault In Our Stars" - No. 5 - With the album's ascent (moving 8-5; up 5 percent to 38,000 -- its best week yet), it joins the "Frozen" soundtrack in the top five (it's No. 2). Thus, we have two movie soundtracks in the top five for the first time since the Jan. 26, 2013-dated list ("Les Miserables," No. 3 and "Pitch Perfect," No. 5).

-- Various Artists, "Now That's What I Call Country 7" - No. 10 - Despite a 26 percent sales decline, the set reaches the top 10 (up one slot in its second week), becoming the 56th "Now That's What I Call Music"-branded album to reach the region.

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-- Chrissie Hynde, "Stockholm" - No. 36 - Hynde's solo debut comes 34 years to the month after her band the Pretenders was in the top 40 of both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100 with their self-titled debut album and first hit single, "Brass In Pocket (I'm Special)," respectively.

-- Original Broadway Cast Recording, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" - No. 61 - One can count on the annual Tony Awards to spark sales of cast recordings, and this year’s kudocast was no exception.

The 2014 Tony Awards aired on June 8 and performances from shows like “Aladdin,” “Wicked,” “If/Then” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
In total, cast album sales grew by 67 percent in the two weeks ending June 15 according to Nielsen SoundScan, as compared to the two weeks previous (87,000 vs. 52,000).

The highest-ranking cast album on the latest Billboard 200 is the original Broadway cast recording of “Hedwig and the Ingry Inch,” starring new Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris. It leads four cast albums on the chart, and it debuts at No. 61, selling 6,000.

The new “Hedwig” album follows its initial off-Broadway cast recording (released in 1999; 99,000 sold to date) and its 2001 movie adaptation’s soundtrack (117,000). Neither album has charted on the Billboard 200.

-- Various Artists, "One Love, One Rhythm…" - No. 124 - Following the opening of the World Cup on June 12, the soccer tournament's official album shoots back onto the list with a 96 percent sales gain, selling 3,000 for the week. Its total sales stand at 15,000 after five weeks.

-- Boston, "Greatest Hits" - No. 130 - Venue sales of the 1997 album at stops along the band's tour prompts the set's return, selling 3,000 for the week (up 316 percent).

-- Zac Brown Band, "The Foundation" - No. 142 - The album reaches its 268th week on the chart, tying it with "The Phantom of the Opera: Highlights" for the sixth-longest run on the chart since it started using SoundScan data in May, 1991.

-- Original Broadway Cast Recording, "Violet" - No. 197 - The show, nominated for four Tony Awards, is one of two Broadway cast albums to debut this week. ("If/Then" is the other, at No. 19.) "Violet" garnered its star Sutton Foster her sixth Tony nomination, for actress in a leading role in a musical.

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