Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour surges back to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart (dated Sept. 4) for its fourth nonconsecutive week on top, with 84,000 copies sold in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 26, according to MRC Data (up 1,201%). Of that sum, vinyl sales comprise 76,000 -- the second-largest sales week for a vinyl album since MRC Data began electronically tracking sales in 1991. The only larger week on vinyl in that span of time was logged by Taylor Swift’s Evermore, when it sold 102,000 vinyl copies in the week ending June 6.
Three of the top five biggest-selling weeks for an album on vinyl since 1991 have occurred in 2021. Following Swift and Rodrigo, the third-largest week was registered by the debut frame of Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever (73,000; week ending Aug. 5). In fourth and fifth place are the debut frames of Jack White’s Lazaretto (40,000 in 2014) and Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy (34,000 in 1994).
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 Sept. 4, 2021-dated chart (where Sour returns to No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's website on Aug. 31. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.