This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Arcade Fire collected its second No. 1 album with the arrival of “Reflektor,” while five more new entries arrived in the top 10. Among them were Kelly Clarkson, the cast of “Duck Dynasty,” Thomas Rhett, Toby Keith and Linkin Park.
But of course there were a number of movers and shakers outside the top 10, as usual. Let’s take a look at some of them:
— Lindsey Stirling, “Lindsey Stirling” – No. 23 – The crossover violinist nets her best week ever on the Billboard 200, as her self-titled album jumps from No. 198 to No. 23, selling 10,000 copies — its highest sales week yet.
The 2012 album’s big gain (up 385%) follows its reissue on Oct. 29, with bonus tracks and wider distribution.
The reissue comes about six months after Billboard reported that Stirling had started working with Lady Gaga’s former manager, Troy Carter.
Previously, the album never went higher than No. 79, nor sold more than 6,000 in a week. However, the album has been a consistent seller for the past year, selling between 2,000 and 5,000 every week since its release.
With Caroline now handling its physical distribution, the album is finally being stocked in mass merchants, which sold half of its 10,000 this week. (Previously, Think Indie handled its physical distribution.)
On the digital side of things, Tunecore is handling the digital distribution of the revised album. Previously, the digital set was distributed directly to iTunes, and via Tunecore to all other digital retailers.
The set, which was first released in September of 2012, was re-released on Oct. 29 with two bonus tracks. The retailer Target got its own special edition of the album, which came with an additional five songs.
“Lindsey Stirling” is the year’s second-largest selling classical crossover album, having moved 150,000 in 2013. It’s second to only Andrea Bocelli’s “Passione,” with 386,000. (In total, “Lindsey Stirling” has sold 200,000 since its release in 2012.)
— Tamela Mann, “Best Days” – No. 49 – A deluxe reissue of the album gooses its sales by 189%, pushing the title from No. 170 to No. 49. Its total sales rise to 344,000 — more than twice the sales of her second-biggest release, 2010’s “The Master Plan” (155,000).
— Bad Religion, “Christmas Songs” – No. 101 – The Christmas album also opens at No. 7 on the Holiday Albums chart, selling 4,000 in its first week.
Rock bands like Bad Religion are a rare sight on the Holiday Albums chart, as the act is the only rock group on the 50-position tally this week. The release is also just one of only three rock sets in the top 50, in addition to releases from Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Nick Lowe.
— Michael Buble, “Christmas” – No. 116 – Michael Buble’s “Christmas” album, first released in 2011, reached No. 1 in its first holiday season, then returned to the top 10 in late 2012. Can it come back to the top 10 yet again? So far, the album has sold 3.1 million. This week, it re-enters the chart at No. 116 with 4,000 — and a gain of 80%.
— Johnny Mathis, “Sending You a Little Christmas” – No. 175 – The 78-year-old legend returns to the chart for the first time with a new album since 2006. The new Christmas set is his 73rd title to chart, stretching back to his first entry, 1957’s “Wonderful Wonderful.”
Mathis is no stranger to Christmas releases, as the new album is his sixth collection of newly-recorded holiday tunes. “Sending You a Little Christmas” features collaborations with the likes of Billy Joel (“The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire”) and Gloria Estefan (“Mary’s Boy Child”).
Mathis’ biggest selling album also happens to be a Christmas set. According to the Recording Industry of America, his 1958 album “Merry Christmas” has sold five million copies in the U.S.