Elton John’s ‘Madman Across the Water’ Hits Top 10 Best Album Sales – Billboard

Elton John’s 50th Anniversary Reissue of Crazy across the water makes a splash Billboard‘s album charts (dated June 25), as the set debuts in the top 10 of both Top Album Sales and Vinyl Albums. The set also arrives on Top Rock Albums and Catalog Albums, and it tops the Billboard 200 for the first time in nearly 50 years.

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Crazy across the water was first released in 1972 and peaked at number 8 on the Billboard 200 in February of that year. The set included the hit singles ‘Levon’ and ‘Tiny Dancer’.

Also in the top 10 of Top Album Sales: new releases from BTS, Motionless In White and Carrie Underwood debut, while Seatbelts’ Cowboy Bebop soundtrack enters the top 10 for the first time after a vinyl reissue.

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.

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Crazy across the water was re-released on June 10 in five new configurations: a deluxe digital album, a two-CD set, a four-LP vinyl box set, a three-CD/one blu-ray super deluxe box set, and a one-LP colored vinyl pressing. All but the last contains a series of bonus tracks. All versions of the album, old and new, are combined for tracking and mapping purposes.

On the 31-year Top Album Sales chart, Crazy debuts at number 8 with 7,000 copies sold in the US in the week ending June 16, according to Luminate. Of that amount, vinyl sales are at 3,000, enabling it to debut at number 9 on the vinyl albums chart. The latter list ranks the best-selling vinyl albums of the week.

Crazy also debuts on Top Rock Albums (No. 16), Catalog Albums (No. 43) and re-enters the Billboard 200 (No. 115) with 9,000 equivalent album units earned. Crazy was last on the Billboard 200 on November 11, 1972. (Top Rock Albums and Catalog Albums rank the week’s most popular rock releases and the catalog [older] albums of the week, respectively by unit.)

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#1 in best album sales, BTS’ Proof scores the second largest sales week of the year, with 266,000 copies sold. Harry Styles’ former number 1 Harry’s house is a non-mover at number 2 with 26,000 sold (-22%).

Rock band Motionless In White sees its new studio album Score the end of the world debut at number 3 – the band’s highest grossing set to date on Top Album Sales. The effort is launching with the group’s second-largest week of sales ever with 23,000 units sold. At number 4, Carrie Underwood’s latest studio release, Denim & Rhinestonestarts with 22,000 sold.

SEVENTEEN’s 4th Album: Face the Sun drops from number 1 to number 5 in the second week with 17,000 sold (down 59%). TOMORROW X SAMEN’s hit parade Minisode 2: Thursday’s child is stable at number 6 with 13,000 (up 17%) and the former leader of Olivia Rodrigo Pickles dips 5-7 with 10,000 (29%).

Seatbels soundtrack to Cowboy Bebop reaches the top 10 for the first time as the set re-enters the charts at number 9 with 7,000 copies sold (an increase of 10,694%). The album previously topped No. 25 on the February 6, 2021-dated list. The soundtrack is back on the charts after a double LP colored vinyl reissue. In fact, all of the album’s sales for the week were from vinyl formats, and the set re-enters the Vinyl Albums chart at the new peak of number 3.

Closing out the top 10 best album sales belongs to Post Malone Twelve carat toothachefalling 3-10 in the second week with nearly 7,000 products sold (down 69%).

In the week ending June 16, 1.961 million albums were sold in the US (a 16% increase from the previous week). Of that amount, physical albums (CDs, vinyl LPs, cassettes, etc.) made up 1,589 million (up 21.3%) and digital albums made up 372,000 (down 2.4%).

909,000 CD albums were sold in the week ending June 16 (up 41.3% week-over-week) and 670,000 vinyl albums were sold (up 2%). Year-to-date sales of CD albums totaled 15.501 million (down 10.9% compared to the same period a year ago) and sales of vinyl albums totaled 17.638 million (down 0.2%).

Total annual sales of albums were 42.989 million (down 9% compared to the same year so far a year ago). Sales of physical albums to date were 33.372 million (- 5.3%) and sales of digital albums were 9.617 million (- 19.7%).

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