This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, 5 Seconds of Summer saw its self-titled debut full-length album arrive atop the list, selling 259,000 copies in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That sum is not only the third-biggest debut of the year, but also more than the combined sales of this week’s top 10.
Of course, outside the top 10, there was lots of chart action. Let’s take a look…
— Yes, Heaven & Earth (No. 26): The veteran band returns with its highest charting effort since 1991’s Union peaked at No. 15. The new album is its first with lead singer Jon Davison.
— Jack White, Lazaretto (No. 27): With 60,000 vinyl albums sold (25 percent of its 238,000 total), it’s the biggest selling vinyl LP of the year, and the biggest of any year since Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy in 1994.
(For comparison’s sake, the second-biggest selling vinyl LP of 2014 is Arctic Monkeys’ AM with 29,000. And, in 2013, the largest selling vinyl album was Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, with 49,000 sold.)
— R5, Heart Made Up On You (No. 36): The band’s new EP (8,000 sold) previews their forthcoming second full-length studio album, due out on Sept. 30. The act will head out on the road starting Sept. 3 in Orlando, Fla.
— Adele, 21 (No. 101): At the rate the album is selling (around 3,000 per week), its cumulative sales will exceed 11 million within three months. (21 has sold 10.97 million through July 27.) Only 11 albums have sold 11 million in the United States since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.
21 has spent 179 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart (24 of those at No. 1), and will likely still be on the list when Adele’s forthcoming studio album arrives (possibly before the end of the year).
— Panic! At The Disco, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! (No. 122): The album tallies it third straight weekly sales gain (up 34 percent) and clocks its best sales frame (3,000) since April. Their tour with Walk the Moon launched on July 18 in Magna, Utah.
— Raveonettes, Pe’ahi (No. 161): The act released this album as a “surprise” on July 22. It starts with just over 2,000 sold. Their last set, 2012 Observator, bowed with almost 4,000 in its first week at No. 110.
— Chronixx, Dread & Terrible (No. 179): Courtesy of a July 22 performance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” the act’s four-month-old album zooms onto the chart with a 470 percent increase and its best week yet (2,000, which is up from a few hundred copies the week previous). Over on the Reggae Albums chart, it jumps 3-1, securing its second week atop the list.