Rock band Slipknot crowns the Billboard 200 chart for a second time, as their new album, .5: The Gray Chapter, debuts atop the list. The album sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was released through Roadrunner Records, and is the group’s fifth studio effort.
Slipknot last topped the list with their previous studio release, 2008’s All Hope Is Gone, which debuted with 240,000 sold. .5: The Gray Chapter is the act’s fourth top 10 set overall, dating back to Iowa, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 in 2001.
Slipknot leads a debut-filled top four, with rapper T.I. starting in the No. 2 slot with Paperwork. The new album starts with 80,000 sold — slightly more than expected. (A week ago, industry forecasters suggested the set would launch with between 65,000 and 70,000.)
Paperwork is his ninth top 10 album, and follows 2013’s Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 179,000 sold in its first week. (It came out in the thick of the Christmas shopping season, which partially why it started with a more robust sales figure).
Pop veteran Neil Diamond collects his 18th top 10 album, as Melody Road drives in at No. 3 with 78,000. The album was released on Capitol Records, making it the 73-year old’s first studio effort for the label after decades with Columbia Records. He last visited the top 10 with his previous studio album, 2010’s Dreams on Columbia Records (No. 8; 35,000 sold in its first week).
Rapper Logic takes a bow at No. 4 with his debut studio release, Under Pressure (73,000). Of the album’s first week, 82 percent of its total sales were generated by digital retailers. (One of those retailers, Google Play, discounted the album to $3.99 during release week.)
Last week’s No. 1, Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes, falls to No. 5 with 59,000 (down 70 percent). Another former No. 1, Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt, slips 2-6 with 56,000 (down 38 percent).
Country group Little Big Town claims its third top 10 effort, as Pain Killer bows at No. 7 with 42,000 sold. It follows 2012’s Tornado, which blew in at No. 2 (its peak, and the act’s chart high) with 113,000 sold in its debut frame. Tornado was powered by its lead single, “Pontoon,” which became their first No. 1 single on the Hot Country Songs chart, and has sold 2.5 million downloads. The new album’s lead single, “Day Drinking,” as so far peaked at No. 13 on the Country Songs chart, and at No. 5 on the Country Airplay tally.
Barbra Streisand’s Partners moves 5-8 in its sixth week on the Billboard 200, selling 40,000 (down just 1 percent). Partners‘ total sales just crossed the half-million mark, with 526,000 copies sold. It is now her best selling release since 2003’s The Movie Album (694,000).
The final two slots in the top 10 are both owned by new arrivals: Pentatonix’s holiday effort That’s Christmas To Me (No. 9 with just over 32,000) and Annie Lennox’s new standards album, Nostalgia (No. 10, with 32,000).
That’s Christmas To Me is Pentatonix’s fourth top 10 album in less than a year, following PTX: Vol. II (No. 10, on the Nov. 23, 2013-dated chart), PTXMAS (EP) (No. 7 on the Dec. 21, 2013), and PTX: Vol. III (EP) (No. 5, Oct. 11, 2014).
Diva Lennox returns to the top 10 for the first time since 2007’s Songs of Mass Destruction debuted and peaked at No. 9. (She has since released a greatest hits album, The Annie Lennox Collection, which reached No. 34 in 2009, and A Christmas Cornucopia, which climbed to No. 35 in 2010.) Nostalgia also hits No. 1 on both the Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts, a first for Lennox. Nostalgia includes interpretations of such songs as “Summertime,” “I Put a Spell On You,” “Strange Fruit” and “Memphis In June.”
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Meghan Trainor retakes the No. 1 slot with “All About That Bass,” selling 143,000 downloads (down 3 percent).
Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” has a huge gain, vaulting 13-2 with 132,000 (up a whopping 107 percent). The song is featured in a new TV commercial for Beats by Dre, starring LeBron James. Hozier also got a lot of promotion from Shazam, which sent email blasts about the singer/songwriter to all 11 million of its email subscribers last week.
Maroon 5’s “Animals” rises 4-3 with 117,000 (down less than 1 percent) and Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High),” climbs 6-4 with 89,000 (down 7 percent).
Taylor Swift’s new “Welcome to New York” debuts at No. 5 with 84,000. It’s the final preview track from her latest album, 1989, which is on course for a huge debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week.
Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s “Bang Bang” dips 5-6 with 82,000 (down 15 percent), Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets” is a non-mover at No. 7 with 81,000 (down 6 percent) and Pitbull’s “Fireball,” featuring John Ryan, zips 16-8 with 69,000 (up 21 percent). Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries” jumps 12-9 with 67,000 (down 2 percent) and Sam Smith’s “I’m Not the Only One” descends 9-10 with just under 67,000 (down 8 percent).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 19) totaled 4.45 million units, up 2 percent compared with the sum last week (4.40 million) and down less than 1 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.49 million). Year to date album sales stand at 193.40 million, down 14 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (223.95 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 17.22 million downloads, down 1 percent compared with last week (17.32 million) and down 13 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (19.89 million). Year to date track sales are at 918.08 million, down 13 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (1.05 billion).
Next week’s Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2013 when: Arcade Fire’s Reflektor debuted at No. 1 with 140,000. The previous week’s leader, Katy Perry’s PRISM, fell to No. 2 with 92,000.