Childish Gambino Scores First No. 1 on Top Album Sales Chart – Billboard

Record Store Day 2022 fingerprints are over Billboard‘s Top Album Sales chart (dated May 7), as six of the top 10 sales are due to a special release for the indie retailer’s annual holiday.

The #1 frontrunner is Childish Gambino’s Kauai EP, which according to Luminate debuts at the top of the list with 17,000 sold in the US in the week ending April 28. It is his first number 1 on the chart and third top 10.

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Kauai was originally released in 2014 as a retail digital download and charted for five weeks that year. It was first released on vinyl for Record Store Day (April 23) and nearly all of the album’s sales in the week ending April 28 were from the vinyl LP. Kauai was printed on three surprising full-color vinyls that were randomly distributed worldwide.

Billboard‘s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top selling albums of the week based on traditional album sales only. The history of the map goes back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began creating tables of electronically controlled piece count information from SoundScan, now Luminate. Pure album sales was the only metric used by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the December 6, 2014 list, after which that chart switched to a method that combines album sales with track-equivalent album units and streaming-equivalent album units. For all the chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Bonnie Raitt’s New Studio Album Just like that… hits number 2 on Top Album Sales with 14,000 copies sold. It’s her highest charting attempt since Desire in their hearts hit number 1 in 1994. Jason Aldean’s Georgia – the second of his two-part album project, after last year’s Macon – starts at No. 3 with 13,000 sold.

The former number 1 of Red Hot Chili Peppers unlimited love is a non-mover at number 4 with 13,000 sold (up 42%). The album is in its fourth week on the list, but got a new silver vinyl release for Record Store Day, fueling the sales surge.

Stevie Nicks’ Beautiful woman debuts at number 5 with 12,000 copies sold (up 6.984%) – almost all from vinyl sales from the new Record Store Day pressing. Released in 1981 and reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the classic album was re-released exclusively for Record Store Day retailers as a double vinyl set with outtakes, b-sides and demo recordings as bonus features.

Kirk Hammett’s solo debut, Portals, starts at number 6 with just over 11,000 sold. The Metallica guitarist’s four-track instrumental EP saw the bulk of sales come from two editions initially released through participating Record Store Day retailers: an ocean blue vinyl record and a standard CD.

Exclusive to the Wallows record store French toast Singles Collection 2017-2020 debuts at number 7 with 10,000 sold. The compilation was pressed on sky blue colored vinyl.

Anne Wilson’s My Jesus debuts at number 8 with just over 9,000 sold, while former leader Jack White Fear of the Dawn falls 3-9 with 9,000 (-21%).

The Cures Pornography debuts at number 10 (9,000; up from virtually no sales in the previous week) thanks to sales generated by the Record Store Day-exclusive picture disc vinyl pressing. Pornography was originally released in 1982, but this week marks its debut on a US Billboard graphic. It also bows on The Billboard 200, Top Rock Albums, Top Alternative Albums, Catalog Albums, Vinyl Albums and Tastemaker Albums.

In the week ending April 28, 2.342 million albums were sold in the US (34.2% more than the week before). Of that amount, there were 1.941 million physical albums (CDs, vinyl LPs, cassettes, etc.) and 384,000 (4.9%).

615,000 CD albums were sold in the week ending April 28 (up 1.9% week-on-week) and 1,316 million vinyl albums were sold (up 74.8%). Year-to-date CD album sales stand at 10.702 million (down 12.3% from the same period a year ago) and total vinyl album sales of 12.667 million (4%).

Total annual sales of albums were 30.395 million (down 8% compared to the same period last year a year ago). Full year physical album sales were 23.536 million (down 4.1%) and digital album sales totaled 6.869 million (down 19.3%).

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