Chart Moves: Lorde's Consistent Album Sales, Black Sabbath's Digital Debut Sparks Chart Return

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This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Bruce Springsteen collected his 11th No. 1 album with the chart-topping debut of "High Hopes." The Boss' latest release sold 99,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of four debuts in the top 10, joined by the new "Kidz Bop 25" (No. 3), Jennifer Nettles' "That Girl" (No. 5) and Switchfoot's "Fading West" (No. 6).

As usual, there were a number of movers and shakers elsewhere on the Billboard 200 this week. Let's take a look at some of them…

-- Lorde, "Pure Heroine" (No. 7): After 17 weeks, the album has yet to sell fewer than 30,000 in a week, nor has it dropped below No. 18. This week it moves another 31,000 copies (down 7%) as its cumulative total rises to 797,000.

-- Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "Give the People What They Want" (No. 22): Jones' new album bows with 14,000 sold and also struts in at No. 3 on the R&B Albums chart. On the Billboard 200, it's the second top 40 set for Jones and her band, following the No. 15 debut and peak of 2010's "I Learned the Hard Way" (23,000 in its first week).

-- Lucinda Williams, "Lucinda Williams" (No. 39): A 25th anniversary reissue of her self-titled third album pushes it onto the list for the first time, giving the singer her sixth top 40 effort. First released in 1988, it debuts on the tally this week with 6,000 sold. Williams made her chart debut in 1992 with her fourth album, "Sweet Old World," which reached No. 25 on Heatseekers Albums.

-- Skillet, "Rise" (No. 86): The album takes home the chart's Pacesetter trophy for the list's largest percentage gain (up 71%), thanks to venue sales of the album along their recent tour stops. It was also sale priced in the iTunes Store, which led to a 19% gain at all digital retail.

-- Various Artists, "When Jazz Meets Guitar" (No. 88): The guitar-focused Starbucks compilation also debuts at No. 1 on the Traditional Jazz Albums chart. On that tally, it's the sixth Starbucks-exclusive compilation to lead the list. The album features such big names as Pat Metheny, George Benson and Les Paul.

-- Black Sabbath, "Paranoid" and "Black Sabbath": A chunk of the band's catalog of albums made their digital debut a week ago, thus sparking a return to the chart for two of their classic titles. Both "Black Sabbath" and "Paranoid," released in 1970, return to the chart this week. "Paranoid" re-enters at No. 121 with 3,000 (up 183%) and "Black Sabbath" returns at No. 184 (2,000; up 229%).

-- Various Artists, "WOW Christmas (Blue)" (No. 103): It's still the most wonderful time of the year for this album, despite how Christmas was a month ago. Discount pricing on the set returns it to the list with a 144% jump in sales, selling 3,000 copies for the week.

-- You Blew It!, "Keep Doing What You're Doing" (No. 198): The Florida band makes it chart debut with its second album, which also lands at No. 2 on Heateekers Albums. The set's debut was powered by vinyl sales, which accounted for 54% of its first week. It debuts at No. 2 on the Vinyl Albums chart behind Bruce Springsteen's “High Hopes” and Sharon Jones' “Give the People What They Want.”

 

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