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Taylor Swift's all-pop tour de force enjoys the year's biggest second-week earnings, Bette Midler and Calvin Harris debut in the Top 5, while Azealia Banks sees strong chart debut for her surprise release.
IT’S 1989 (AGAIN)
Taylor Wins in Another Landslide, Harris Bows Top 5 and CMA Awards Spark Country Bumps

It’s no big surprise that Big Machine’s Taylor Swift has scored #1 honors in her second week atop the HITS Building Album Sales Chart with 403k (-69%). Yep, that’s still more than all of the Top 15 totals combined.

 

And just for some perspective, if the album were debuting this week, that number would make it 2014’s second-biggest bow of the year. The only thing bigger was her first-week number.

 

The story also remains the same for the #2 record this week, as NOW’s Now 52 pulls in another 60k (-39%).

 

As for the debuts, Bette Midler’s It’s the Girls bows at #3 with 39k and Columbia’s Calvin Harris rounds out the Top 5 with just under 35k for Motion.

 

Speaking of impressive bows, it’s worth shining a light on Azealia Banks, who hit #30 with 11k for Jeff Kwatinetz's Prospect Park via Dom Pandiscia's Caroline, after Broke With Expensive Taste’s surprise release took the internet by storm and sparked the birth of a slightly provocative hashtag… #BWET.

 

Sony Music Nashville’s Doobie Brothers are surely looking to spark a celebratory doobie after snagging 16k at #16 with their country-tinged Southbound.

 

Broken Bow’s Jason Aldean lands the #4 spot with another 35k (-18%) and Columbia’s Barbra Streisand makes a strong #11-8 jump with 28k (-3%), while Valory’s Brantley Gilbert (#10, 26k, +310% on a Google 99-cent sale), Warner Bros. Nashville’s Blake Shelton (#11, 21k, +159%) and RCA Nashville’s Miranda Lambert (#15, 17k, +269%) see massive post-CMAs bumps.

 

It's also turned out to be a fine week for dudes named Sam. MCA Nashville’s buzzing Sam Hunt drops a modest 58% in his second week, earning another 29k for Montevallo. Meanwhile, Capitol’s breakout sensation Sam Smith proves he’s someone to “stay with,” earning another 27k (+6%) and striding #13-9.

 

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

 

Streeting this week are albums from Roswell/RCA’s Foo Fighters, Columbia’s Pink Floyd and Pearl/RCA Nashville’s Garth Brooks. There’s no doubt that Taylor will enjoy the view from #1 for a third consecutive week; the Foos look to score the biggest bow, while Garth and Pink Floyd duke it out for #3.
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