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Four Albums Debut in the Top 5

In new music we trust, buddy. The Top 15 albums on the HITS Building Album Sales Chart and the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart includes seven debuts this week.

Wale tops the sales chart with 90k for The Album About Nothing. No, we’re not being snarky; it’s actually titled that way.

Def Jam’s Ludacris comes in at #2 with 59k for his ninth studio album, Ludaversal, after a five-year hiatus, while TDE/Aftermath/Interscope game-changer Kendrick Lamar moves ever so slightly from #1 to #3 with another 52k (-49%) for To Pimp a Butterfly.

If your wardrobe’s still saturated with the scent of smoked meats from SXSW, then you’re in luck. Darius Rucker’s Southern Style bows at #4 with 51k for Capitol Nashville. Yee freakin’ haw.

Death Cab for Cutie’s new album comes in at #5 with 45k, while Asthmatic Kitty’s Sufjan Stevens earns 34k, landing at #10, with RCA’s Three Days Grace hot on his heels at #11, just a few hundred short. Meanwhile, Interscope’s Hollywood Undead snags 30k at #13.

Jodeci’s first album in ten years debuts at #20 with 25k for Epic, and Van Halen’s twelfth studio album appears at #16 with 28k for Rhino. David Lee Roth’s nose landed somewhere around the Top 30, however.

Universal’s Furious 7 earned $144m at the box office domestically (the ninth biggest opening of all time) and $384m worldwide. Fueled by those record-shattering numbers and the poignancy of Wiz Khalifa f/Charlie Puth’s “See You Again,” honoring the late Paul Walker, the film’s corresponding soundtrack rocketed #41-9, up 476%, with 36k.

The aforementioned soundtrack features appearances from Iggy Azalea, Prince Royce, French Montana, Flo Rida, Sage the Gemini, Kid Ink, Tyga, YG, Rich Homie Quan, T.I., Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, Lil Jon, Juicy J, Future, David Guetta, Mos Def and more. Thusly, it raced to #2 at SPS, upping its number to 67k.

Republic continues to have the big winners in regards to streaming and single sales, as YMCMB/Republic’s Nicki Minaj sees a #50-26 difference between BAC and SPS, more than tripling her earnings. Labelmate Drake sees a #24-14 difference with 17k BAC and 40k SPS, while the Fifty Shades of Grey ST sees a #21-6 difference with 24k BAC and 54k SPS.

And it’s not just new music in which we trust, but also new artists. Capitol’s Sam Smith rakes in another 37k for his breakout tour-de-force In the Lonely Hour, up 17% at #8 in its 42nd week on the chart. Over at Epic, Meghan Trainor, who’s currently rocketing to stardom, sees a 40% bump for her debut album, Title, earning another 27k at #19.

Streeting this week are albums from HopelessAll Time Low and Capitol’s Brian Wilson.

Speaking of hopeless, we can’t believe this shameful rag still gets printed.

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