Adele’s ’25’ Reclaims 'Billboard' Top Spot, Rihanna’s ‘Anti’ Gets Tally Notice

  /  02.01.2016

Ascending back to numero uno, following two weeks at No. 2, Adele’s 25 reclaims the top spot of the Billboard 200 chart this week.

Now in its 10th week on the chart, 25 piled up an additional 116,000 total units to give the album its eighth peak atop the list. As Billboard reports, Adele’s lauded release will likely surpass the 8 million in sales mark next week, which altogether signals that she’ll most likely see another diamond plaque by summertime.

Another member of the million-plus club is Rihanna, whose Anti album was downloaded a massive 1.4 million times within the 15 hours the record was officially released on TIDAL. Despite being granted platinum status by the RIAA, the LP’s milestone numbers will not be counted in its Nielsen SoundScan and Billboard 200 tally, considering it was released on TIDAL and was teased by a free download from Rih Rih on Twitter.

“There were conversations [with Billboard] early on when this promotion and partnership started, but ultimately it became about giving music directly to the fans,” said Grace Kim, TIDAL’s director of Marketing, to Spin recently.

“While everyone would’ve loved to have it count, the thing we’re focused on here it that it’s number one.” The Spin article also revealed that out of the 1.4 million downloads, 400,000 of Anti’s sales will be counted by Billboard. Because of the album’s Jan. 28 release, Anti’s showing on the album chart won’t be revealed until next week’s report.

In the same story, Kim also noted that the album’s infamous leak was due to “a system error caused by Universal Music Group.”

“Unfortunately we still rely on systems, and there was a system error,” Kim added. “But I don’t think it hurt it at all.”

Going back to this week’s Billboard 200 tally, Justin Bieber’s Purpose made a leap from No. 3 to No. 2, pulling in 87,000 extra units. Packed with hits like “What Do You Mean?,” “Sorry” and “Love Yourself,” the album hasn’t left the top three of the chart since its November release.

Other notable spots are Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface, which jumped from 5-4 (42,000 units sold) and Bryson Tiller’s Trapsoul rounding out the top 10 with 31,000 copies sold.

Head over to Billboard chart for more on this week’s chart tally.


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