Last week, following a couple of full length leaks, Madonna dropped her 13th studio album, “Rebel Heart.” The album came preceded but “Living For Love,” a single that did OK on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Also released last week was the soundtrack for FOX’s hit new drama series, Empire. The soundtrack featured 18 songs, a few of which had already debuted in Top 100 on iTunes (US).
With the success of Empire and Madonna’s time as an entertainer in the music industry, it was unclear, at least until now, who would land atop the weekly sales chart.
The numbers are in and after a very hectic race, Empire pulls off a solid not-so-surprising win. Tallying both the number of pure album sales and cumulative streams, Empire takes the No. 1 spot, racking up 128,640 (107,140 pure album sales), as HDD reports.
Madonna is next, coming in at No. 2 with 121,972 (sales + streams). If streams weren’t counted, Madonna would have scored the No. 1 spot, as her album sold 116,472, as opposed to Empire‘s 107,140.
Up next is Luke Bryan’s EP, Spring Break…Checkin’ Out, which was also released this past week. It cumulated 95,158 sales + streams, 83,658 of which is pure album EP sales.
The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack is still doing remarkably well on the charts. It comes in at No. 4 this week with 72,106 sales + streams.
At this point, Top 5 will be incomplete without Queen Taylor Swift. She comes in at No. 5 with 63,145 sales + streams. That and the fact that the third single from her “1989” album, Style, is the No. 1 song in the United States. Kelly Clarkson‘s “Piece By Piece” album drops 11 spots this week, landing it at No. 12 with 33,911 sales + streams. Fifth Harmony‘s album, Reflection, returns to the charts this week with over 11,000 sales + streams racked up.
A few other entries this week include SHEPPARD / Bombs Away (11,863), Shania Twain / Still The One: Live In Vegas (9,978), Olly Murs / Never Been Better (10,449), Kevin “K.O.” Olusola / Renegade – EP (9,422).