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Black Pumas Hit Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart for First Time

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Merrick Ales

Black Pumas

Black Pumas nab its first top 10 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart, as the act’s self-titled debut album vaults 28-19 on the list dated Feb. 6. The album sold nearly 5,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 28 (up 21%), according to MRC Data.

The effort was released on June 21, 2019, and has sold 80,000 copies to date. It was reissued on Aug. 28, 2020 as a Deluxe Edition, with 11 bonus tracks added to the original album’s 10 tracks. All versions of the album are tracked together on the chart.

Sales of the album have perked up thanks in part to exposure and buzz generated by the band’s performance of “Colors” during the Biden-Harris Celebrating America primetime special on Jan. 20. In addition, the CD version of the album’s Deluxe Edition is now being sold in-stores at Target, while independent record stores and Internet-based sellers (like Amazon and the band’s own webstore) have been doing brisk business.

In addition, the group continues to bask in the glow of its three current Grammy Award nominations, including an album of the year nod for the Deluxe Edition of the self-titled album. “Colors,” from the original version of the album, is also nominated for record of the year and best American roots performance.

Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now MRC Data. Pure album sales were the measurement solely utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Black Pumas previously peaked at No. 13 on Top Album Sales (chart dated Oct. 24, 2020), following the physical format release of the Deluxe Edition of the album.

Black Pumas also hits new highs on Top Rock Albums (39-27) and the all-genre Billboard 200 (a re-entry at No. 160). On the latter chart, the album had spent just one previous week on the tally, at No. 200, on the Oct. 24, 2020-dated list.

Elsewhere on the Feb. 6-dated Top Album Sales chart, Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double album rises 2-1 for its second week in the lead (12,000 sold; down 44%) while a trio of former No. 1s trail Dangerous. Taylor Swift’s Folklore jumps 8-2 (11,000 sold; up 39% thanks to a surge in vinyl sales), Harry StylesFine Line moves 5-3 (8,000; down 15%) and Swift’s Evermore is steady at No. 4 (7,000; down 34%).

Barry Gibb’s Barry Gibb & Friends: Greenfields – The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1 climbs 7-5 (6,500; down 21%), Anuel AA and Ozuna’s Los Dioses debuts at No. 6 (6,000) and Chris Stapleton’s Starting Over bumps 10-7 (just over 5,000; down 13%).

Rounding out the top 10 are Eminem’s Music to Be Murdered By (3-8 with 5,000; down 69%), Wardruna’s Kvitravn (a debut at No. 9 with almost 5,000) and Black Pumas (28-10, nearly 5,000; up 21%).