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CHART STORY: IT'S SUMMER IN FALL

Three Debuts Comprise the Top 3; Adele Prepares for Total Domination

Capitol's 5 Seconds of Summer has topped the HITS Album Sales Chart with 180k and the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 195k for Sounds Good Feels Good, the follow-up to their breakout, self-titled debut. 

19/Arista Nashville country megastar Carrie Underwood follows at #2 with 164k for her fifth studio album, Storyteller, and Verve's Andrea Bocelli comes in at #3, with 41k for his 15th studio album since 1994, Cinema.

RCA a cappella champs Pentatonix, who topped last week's chart, remain in the Top 5 and hold strong with another 25k in sales. We'll raise a cup of Cracker Barrel coffee to that.

The real story, however, belongs to XL/Columbia queen (and queen of the basically everything right now) Adele. Powered by the massive hype of upcoming album 25—due 11/20—and the jaw-dropping success of single "Hello," her 11-times platinum 21 re-enters the chart at #9, just above Demi Lovato's Confident (Safehouse/Island/Hollywood) and Taylor Swift's 1989 (Big Machine). Meanwhile, its predecessor, 19, re-enters the Top 30.

For some perspective, "Hello" is now guaranteed to chart with over 1m downloads in the first week—a feat that has not been achieved in the digital era. The only single in the modern era to sell more is Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," which sold 3.4m physical copies in its first week of release in 1997. 25, on the other hand, has already sold 250k+ in pre-orders, and speculators are speculating that it could bow in the neighborhood of 2m. 

Streeting this week are NOW/UMe's 56th installment of Now That's What I Call Music, deluxe re-issues of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill (Maverick) and Imagine Dragons' Smoke + Mirrors (KIDinaKorner/Interscope) and new albums from Columbia's The Neighbourhood and Mailboat's Def Leppard.

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