– Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy - No. 3 – Combined, the soundtracks to Guardians of the Galaxy (426,000 sold this year) and Frozen (No. 7; 3 million) -- both former No. 1 albums -- comprise 39 percent of all soundtrack sales in 2014 (8.9 million). Unsurprisingly, both Frozen and Guardians of the Galaxy are also the No. 1 and 2 biggest selling soundtracks this year. Frozen and Guardians of the Galaxy were released by the Disney Music Group, on its Walt Disney Records and Marvel/Hollywood Records labels, respectively.
— Miranda Lambert, Platinum – No. 13 – Following sale pricing of the set down to $6.99 at both iTunes and Amazon MP3, the album vaults 34-13 with a 94 percent gain to 17,000 sold for the week. Lambert's Twitter and Facebook accounts also spread the good word about the promotion, no doubt driving sales.
— Johnny Winter, Step Back – No. 17 – The late blues guitarist not only claims his highest charting album ever, but also logs his third No. 1 on the Blues Albums chart, selling 12,000 copies. Nearly half (45 percent) of its first week was sold through Internet retailers.
— Thirty Seconds to Mars, Love Lust Faith + Dreams – No. 128 – The album re-enters the chart with a 109 percent gain, courtesy of sales generated along their concert tour stops in Michigan and Illinois. In total, the album has sold 186,000.
— Katy Perry, Teenage Dream – No. 152 – The pop diva's album dances its way back onto the list, with a 31 percent hike (up 64 percent in downloads) after iTunes discounted the title to $6.99 during the tracking frame.
— Blonde Redhead, Barragan – No. 180 – The band celebrates its 10th year on the Billboard charts with the debut of its new release, Barragan, selling 2,000. The act first appeared on the Billboard 200 dated April 10, 2004 with its Misery Is a Butterfly album.
— Various Artists, WOW Hits 2014 – No. 189 – The popular Christian and gospel compilation brand WOW -- which includes series like WOW Hits, WOW Gospel and WOW Worship -- has sold 26.2 million albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen Christian SoundScan. The WOW brand launched in 1995 and has notched 19 No. 1s on the Christian Albums chart and 17 No. 1s on the Gospel Albums chart.