Album sales: One Direction top Billboard 200 for second time this year
They may have had a trophy-free night at last weekend’s American Music Awards, but One Direction still have the votes of more than half a million album buyers (you know who you are).
For the second time this year, the British boy band has snagged the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart thanks to their sophomore effort Take Me Home. And taken to many homes they were: the group moved 540,000 units in the week, a vast improvement from the 176,000 their record-breaking debut Up All Night earned them back in March.
The new numbers give them the third largest debut week of the year, with only Taylor Swift’s Red (1.2 million) and Mumford & Sons’ Babel (600,000) surpassing them.Of course, when someone goes up, someone’s gotta come down. Swift’s three weeks atop the chart came to an end, dipping to the second spot with 145,000 for its fourth week. (That puts Red‘s running total at 1.89 milli.)
Rounding out the top three this week is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 soundtrack, which pulled off 93,000 in sales for the frame — a decent showing, but markedly less than their first installment’s soundtrack (which debuted at No. 1 with 165,000) or the New Moon edition (which moved 153,000 units).
As for the fourth and fifth slots, avant-R&B wunderkind the Weeknd scored the No. 4 slot for his major-label debut Trilogy with an impressive 86,000, while the ’90s grungesters Soundgarden’s return notched a solid 83,000.
As for Christina Aguilera’s much-discussed Lotus? It came in at a disappointing 73,000, roughly what prognosticators predicted, but still a letdown for the star.
For all the full numbers and chart details, check in with Billboard and find out if Rod Stewart or Lana Del Rey sold more albums this week.