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BREAKING: GARTH EARNS #1 ALBUM

At $30, or $3 per disc, Brooks' box earned $4 million+. With streams worth less than 1¢ added to album sales, it's hypocritical to exclude $30 purchases, no matter how many CDs are in the set.


Is a #1 album still a #1 album if Billboard refuses to chart it? Yes, according to BuzzAngle Music. Last week, Garth Brooks released The Ultimate Collection (Pearl), a 10-CD retrospective of the best-selling artist in the modern charting era.

BuzzAngle today has revised its charts due to late-breaking info, and The Ultimate Collection is now the #1 best-selling album with 134k. On the BuzzAngle Album Project Chart, and the HITS SPS chart, the album remains at #2, and A Tribe Called Quest retains the top spot.

However, the set will be missing from the Billboard charts when released later this week. 

The reason? The Target exclusive was sold at $30, which is below a rule requiring each CD in a multi-disc set to have an average selling price of $3.49 or greater in order to be eligible to chart. This rule was established in 2011 following an Amazon promotion in which Lady Gaga's album Born This Way sold nearly 450k at only 99 cents. The rule was put in place to prevent chart manipulation, and we've got no beef with that.

However, at $30 each, or $3 average per disc, the Brooks box generated revenue of over $4 million. At a time when song streams worth less than one cent are added to album sales to bolster the numbers, it seems hypocritical to us that individual purchases of $30 would be excluded, no matter how many CDs are in the set. 

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