Monday, November 2, 2015

On the Charts: 5 Seconds of Summer Edge Out Carrie Underwood

On the Charts: 5 Seconds of Summer Edge Out Carrie Underwood:

5 Seconds of Summer shook off the sophomore slump as their second LP Sounds Good Feels Good debuted atop the Billboard 200, selling 192,000 total copies on its way to giving the Australian quartet their second consecutive Number One. 5 Seconds of Summer, whose self-titled debut also bowed in at the top spot in July 2014, become the first group to place their first two full-length albums at Number One, Billboard reports. Despite grabbing the top spot, Sounds Good Feels Good's sales dipped significantly from the self-titled LP's opening week haul of 259,000 copies.

While 5 Seconds of Summer were starting their own consecutive Number One albums streak, another was coming to an end as Carrie Underwood's run of top-selling LPs was halted when her Storyteller debuted at Number Two. The singer's fifth album sold 177,000 total units in its first week, but it also ended her stretch of three straight Number One albums. After Underwood's 2005 debut Some Hearts debuted at Number Two, her next three studio LPs – 2007's Carnival Ride, 2009's Play On and 2012's Blown Away – all ruled the charts.

Only two more new releases managed to break into the Top 10 in a week where Adele's "Hello" – counting toward 25 track equivalent album sales – would have burst onto the album charts if eligible. Blake Shelton's new best-of Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits debuted at Number Five with 40,000 total copies while Italian singer Andrea Bocelli's Cinema opened up at Number 10.

October's usual suspects – The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness (Number Three), Fetty Wap's self-titled (Number Four), Drake and Future's What a Time to Be Alive (Number Six) and, for over a year running, Taylor Swift's 1989 (Number Seven) – rounded out the Top 10 as we enter a November packed with mega-releases from Adele, Justin Bieber, One Direction and more.

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