This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, budding pop princess Ariana Grande claimed her first No. 1. Her debut album, “Yours Truly,” has sold 138,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Behind Grande at No. 2, Tamar Braxton’s “Love & War” entered with 114,000 — the largest sales week for a female R&B/hip-hop album this year.
Outside the top 10 on the Billboard 200 there were a number of movers and shakers. Let’s take a look at some of them…
— Bastille, “Bad Blood” (No. 11): British rock act Bastille (who Billboard first tipped as an act to watch on April 18 in our Bubbling Under column), debuts at No. 11 with its first full-length album, “Bad Blood.” It follows the act’s “Haunt” EP, which debuted at No. 1 on Heatseekers Albums on June 15, and has sold 26,000 copies. “Bad Blood” debuted at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart in March.
— John Mayer, “Paradise Valley” (No. 16): The former No. 2 album has slipped out of the top 10 after spending just two weeks in the region — but there is no reason to panic. None of his previous studio albums spent more than three weeks (each) in the top 10, though they all went on to have sizable chart runs.
— Adele, “21” (No. 26): Absent from the top 40 for the past six weeks, this is the longest time “21” has been missing from the top 40 in its chart life. With 124 frames in the top 40, it has the third-most top 40 weeks of any album in the Nielsen SoundScan era (1991-present). Shania Twain’s “Come on Over” leads all sets, with 127 weeks in the top 40.
— The 1975, “The 1975” (No. 28): The self-titled full-length debut release comes after the group issued four EPs since August 2012, two of which charted on the Billboard 200. The most recent of them, “IV,” climbed to No. 2 on Heatseekers Albums on July 20. During release week, the 1975 received endorsements on Twitter from the likes of Ed Sheeran and One Direction’s Harry Styles. Over in their homeland, “The 1975” was released last week as well, and debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. chart.
— Natalia Kills, “Trouble” (No. 70): The pop singer’s second album enters with nearly 6,000 sold — almost half of the total sales of her first release, 2011’s “Perfectionist” (14,000). The latter set spent one week on the list at No. 134, and also peaked at No. 1 on Heatseekers Albums.
— Fleetwood Mac, “Opus Collection” (No. 72): The new 15-song greatest hits package was exclusively available at Starbucks. It grants Fleetwood Mac its 27th chart entry — and second this year. (They debuted and peaked at No. 48 earlier this year with the “Extended Play” EP.) The band last bowed two new releases on the chart in the same year in 1975.
— Little Big Town, “Tornado” (No. 86): The country quartet’s fourth studio album celebrates its one-year anniversary on the chart this week, having sold a total of 978,000. It has moved four times as many copies as their last album, 2010’s “The Reason Why” (239,000). Only their first set, 2005’s “The Road to Here” (1.3 million), has moved more than “Tornado.”
— Beastie Boys, “Licensed to Ill” (No. 113): Beastie Boys are on a number of different charts this week, by way of a sample on Eminem’s new single “Berzerk.” The track — which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week — borrows elements of the “Licensed to Ill” single “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!).” The ever-popular album, released in 1986, is the No. 20 best-selling rap album of 2013, with 103,000 moved this year.
— Bob Marley and the Wailers, “Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers” (No. 148): Of the top 25 all-time best selling digital albums, “Legend” is the oldest of the bunch, having been released in 1984. (Legend is the 25th biggest selling digital set, with 716,000 downloads sold.) Only two pre-2008 releases populate the top 25: “Legend” and Journey’s 1988 album “Greatest Hits” (No. 22; 753,000). The biggest selling digital album ever is Adele’s “21,” with three million downloads sold (of its overall 10.7 million).