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Lady Gaga’s ‘Chromatica’ Returns to Top 10 on Top Album Sales, Hits No. 1 on Vinyl Albums Chart

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Norbert Schoerner

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Tyler, the Creator’s Call Me If You Get Lost bows at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart (dated July 10), one of six debuts in the top 10. It’s the second No. 1 for the artist. Also launching in the region: a reissue of Grateful Dead’s 1971 self-titled live album and the latest studio releases from Beartooth, Doja Cat, Gary Allan and Modest Mouse.

Plus, Lady Gaga’s former No. 1 Chromatica returns to the top 10 -- and tops the Vinyl Albums chart for the first time -- following its first release on black vinyl LP on June 25.

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. The new July 10, 2021-dated chart (where Call Me debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's website on July 7. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Call Me sold 55,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending July 1, according to MRC Data. Physical album sales comprise 50,000 of that figure (40,000 CDs and 10,000 cassettes) while digital album sales comprise 5,000.

Call Me was made available as a 15-track standard digital download album, as well as in a 16-track deluxe digital and a streaming edition with one bonus track (“Safari”). The 16-track physical edition of the album, on CD and cassette, added a different bonus cut (“Fishtail”). A vinyl LP release has yet to be announced.

The CD and cassette were exclusively sold via the artist’s webstore and sold out within a day. They were available a la carte, as well as in four limited edition deluxe box sets that sold for $25 each. (The box sets included either a CD, shirt and poster or a cassette, shirt and poster.) It has not been announced if any further CDs, cassettes or box sets will be manufactured, nor if they will become available to any other retailers.

Rock band Beartooth debuts at No. 2 on Top Album Sales with its latest studio album, Below, bowing with 14,000 copies sold. It’s the first top 10 for the group, which previously topped out at No. 13 in 2018 with its last charting set, Disease (Oct. 13, 2018-dated chart). More than half of Below’s sales came from vinyl LPs, with a little over 7,000 sold via the format (53% of the set’s total first week sales). The title also bows at No. 2 on the Vinyl Albums chart.

Grateful Dead’s 1971 self-titled live album debuts at No. 3 on Top Album Sales following its 50th anniversary remastered reissue on June 25. The set, which was the band’s second live album, is often referred to as Skull & Roses, owed to its cover with a skeleton wearing a rose crown. The album sold 13,000 copies in the week ending July 1 (up from a negligible sum the week previous).

Though this album peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard 200 in 1971, this is its first week on the 30-year-old Top Album Sales chart.

The reissue also garnered an expanded CD and digital edition that adds 10 previously unreleased live recordings from the band’s July 2, 1971 show at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.

Olivia Rodrigo’s former No. 1 Sour falls 2-4 on Top Album Sales in its fourth week on the chart (10,000 sold; down 21%).

Doja Cat’s new studio album Planet Her debuts at No. 5 with nearly 10,000 sold, marking her first top 10 on Top Album Sales. 6,000 were via digital download and 4,000 came via CD. The CD had a limited pressing and was only available via Doja Cat’s webstore.

Gary Allan nabs his sixth top 10 on Top Album Sales as his new album Ruthless bows at No. 6 with 9,000 sold. It’s his first studio effort since 2013’s Set You Free debuted at No. 1 (Feb. 9, 2013-dated chart).

TWICE’s former No. 1 Taste of Love: The 10th Mini Album falls 3-7 in its third week with nearly 9,000 sold (down 19%).

Lady Gaga’s previous Top Album Sales leader Chromatica jumps back into the top 10, flying 82-8, following its 180-gram black vinyl LP release on June 25. In total, the album sold 8,500 copies across all formats (up 304%), and of that sum, 8,000 are in vinyl LP sales (up 354%).

Chromatica also hits No. 1 on the Vinyl Albums chart for the first time, re-entering the July 10-dated chart at No. 1. It previously debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the June 13, 2020-dated list.

The new vinyl edition of Chromatica was widely available to all retailers and is its first pressing on black vinyl. It accounts for the bulk of its total vinyl sales for the week. The album was previously issued as a picture disc, in a transparent vinyl variant, as well as in silver, milky clear and translucent yellow-colored pressings. (Until the black vinyl release, the only widely available pressing was the milky clear edition. The other variants were either sold exclusively via Gaga’s webstore or through specific retailers.)

The earlier released vinyl editions of Chromatica have sold a combined 68,000 copies.

Taylor Swift’s former No. 1 Evermore falls 4-9 on Top Album Sales with 8,000 sold (down 18%).

Modest Mouse’s new album The Golden Casket opens at No. 10 with nearly 8,000 sold. About 4,900 of that sum came from its CD, another 2,700 were from digital downloads and about 200 copies came via its cassette. The album’s vinyl LP edition is due in August.

The Golden Casket is the third top 10 on Top Album Sales for Modest Mouse. The act previously visited the top 10 with Strangers to Ourselves (No. 3 in 2015) and the chart-topping We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (2007).