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J. Cole enjoys a hefty bow for his fifth studio album, Taylor Swift and Pentatonix remain consistent as she approaches Triple Platinum and they approach Platinum. Carrie Underwood celebrates a Top 5 debut for her greatest hits set.

COLE FUELS THE CHARTS

J. Cole Dominates; Taylor Swift & Pentatonix Continue Their Hot Streaks

J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive crashes in at #1 on the HITS Building Album Sales Chart with 361k for Roc Nation/Columbia.

 

Cole chose to forgo the standard rollout in order to create a more personal experience for listeners. There was no lead single or early promo, but the absence of hype, along with a viral leak, seems to have lent the release that much more impact. 

 

Big Machine’s Taylor Swift earns 279k (+21%) in her seventh week on the chart. FYI, that brings her RTD to just over 3m.

 

RCA’s a cappella sensations, Pentatonix, snag an additional 203k (-2%), inching them closer to Platinum status. Can they hit the 1m mark over the next 15 days? Stay tuned.

 

Columbia’s AC/DC sees a minimal dip in their second week, moving just #3-4 with 94k. For those about to rock the numbers, we salute you.

 

Meanwhile, 19/Arista Nashville’s Carrie Underwood sees her greatest hits set, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, bow at #5 with 91k. For perspective, she has a greatest hits album and she's only 31. All we had at 31 were questionable hairstyle choices and a strengthened affinity for kush.

 

As for the rest of the Top 20, the holidays continue to power sales, as no artists (other than AC/DC) see drops below -11% and the majority are boosted.

 

Most notably, Hollywood’s Guardians of the Galaxy ST sees a +138% bump, rocketing it #28-11 in the wake of its pay-per-view bow.

 

For the rest of this week’s album stats, click here.

 

On the HITS Sales Plus Streaming chart, meanwhile, J. Cole and Swift add more than 14k and 55k to their totals, respectively; Underwood and AC/DC swap places. But the biggest beneficiary is once again Columbia's Hozier, who trades his #29 album spot for #13 SPS, as continuing boffo sales for his "Take Me to Church" add nearly 30k to his total.

 

Streeting this week are albums from YMCMB/Republic’s Nicki Minaj and Def Jam’s YG, alongside Disney’s Into the Woods OST.

 

Now pass the cider. Bah humbug, buddy.

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