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A MOON SHAPED CHART STORY

After a gripping three-way race, XL’s Radiohead took the coveted #1 spot on the HITS Album Sales Chart by a nose, despite only having a five-day debut week thanks to a mid-Sunday drop. With a bow of 175k from digital downloads alone, their ninth studio album, A Moon Shaped Pool, successfully edged out Drake’s Views (YMCMB/Republic) and Beyoncé’s Lemonade (Columbia).

On the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart, however, the order goes like this: Views (#1, 306k), Lemonade (#2, 221k) and A Moon Shaped Pool (#3, 184k).

Another big beneficiary of SPS is Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo (G.O.O.D./Def Jam), which landed at #15 with 24k, even though it’s nowhere to be found on the sales chart.

Prince’s The Very Best of Prince can be found at #6 in sales, while his Purple Rain is #8, Ultimate re-enters at #11, 1999 goes to #13, Prince re-enters at #24, HITNRUN moves to #29, The Hits/The B-Sides slides to #34 and Around the World in a Day jumps #39-41. If you break out the fingers and toes, that comes to eight albums in the Top 50. The continued success is in large thanks to a delayed physical rollout.

And by the way, if you’re keeping score, all of Prince’s aforementioned titles are housed by Warner Bros., except for HITNRUN, which falls under NPG’s roof.

Meanwhile, powered by Mother’s Day love, Adele’s 25 (XL/Columbia) saw a 49% bump, taking it to #7, while predecessor 21 was up 59%.

New this week are albums from Epic’s Meghan Trainor, RCA’s KYGO and Big Machine’s Jennifer Nettles.

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