Trippie Redd and Travis Scott are making waves on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart, with their recent projects securing top 10 positions (dated Aug. 26). Meanwhile, Travis Scott’s “Utopia” maintains its leading position, driven by strategic sale pricing.
Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks albums based solely on traditional album sales, reflecting the total number of albums sold in a given week. Originally initiated on May 25, 1991, this chart historically utilized pure album sales as the primary metric for Billboard 200 rankings until December 6, 2014, when it transitioned to incorporate album and track equivalent units as well as streaming equivalent units. Stay updated on chart news by following @billboard and @billboardcharts on Twitter and Instagram.
Travis Scott’s “Utopia” enjoyed a considerable boost, selling 99,000 copies in the U.S. during the week ending August 17, representing a 169% surge. The album’s third week on the chart was marked by heightened sales due in part to a promotional offer on Scott’s official webstore. This offer significantly discounted the Utopia vinyl LP, which saw its price drop from $50 to just $5 for a limited period. Notably, vinyl sales accounted for 93,000 of the week’s total sales. This remarkable figure marked Utopia’s best week for vinyl sales, ranking as the seventh-largest vinyl sales week since tracking began in 1991. Additionally, this was the most substantial vinyl sales week for an R&B/hip-hop or rap album in the same timeframe.
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In the chart’s current standings, Taylor Swift‘s “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” ascends 5-2 on the Top Album Sales chart, with 23,000 copies sold (up 14%). NewJeans‘ former chart-topper, “2nd EP ‘Get Up’,” slips from 2-4 with 20,000 copies sold (down 24%).
Karol G achieves her highest-ranking album on the Top Album Sales chart (and her second top 10 entry overall) with “Mañana Será Bonito (Bichota Season),” which debuts at No. 4, selling 17,000 units. The album was available in digital download, CD, and vinyl LP formats, with the vinyl edition contributing approximately 3,500 units to the total sales.
Trippie Redd secures his fifth top 10-charting project on Top Album Sales, as “A Love Letter to You 5” makes its debut at No. 8, selling 11,000 copies. This achievement follows his first top 10 entry five years ago with “Life’s a Trip,” which peaked at No. 5.
Completing the top 10 on the Top Album Sales chart are two former No. 1 albums: Taylor Swift‘s “Lover” (rising 12-9 with 11,000 copies; up 28%) and Stray Kids’ “5-Star: The 3rd Album” (11-10 with 9,000 copies; down 5%).
In the week ending August 17, album sales in the U.S. totaled 1.869 million units (a 4.5% increase from the previous week). Among these, physical albums comprised 1.540 million units (up 6.4%), while digital albums accounted for 329,000 units (down 3.6%).
Specifically, CD album sales for the same period reached 646,000 units (a 1.4% decline week-over-week), while vinyl album sales stood at 885,000 units (a 13.1% increase). Year-to-date, CD album sales rose to 22.236 million (up 3.1% compared to the previous year), and vinyl album sales reached 29.613 million (up 21%).