It’s going to be a lot harder for Sia to avoid the camera now that she’s landed her first #1 album. Sure, the reclusive singer and platinum-dipped songwriter to the stars has been hiding in plain sight thanks to a series of bizarre media appearances lately in support of her sixth solo effort, 1000 Forms of Fear. And now, after helping everyone from Rihanna to David Guetta, Katy Perry and Flo Rida sell more than 12 million tracks, Sia will hit #1 thanks to sales of 52,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
Good News, Bad News
The good news is that Sia is #1. The less-good news is that her 52,000 marks the lowest first-week total for a #1 debuting album since the Zac Brown Band’s Uncaged moved 48,000 back in 2012.
The “Frozen” soundtrack was back near the top of the chart (up 23 percent and three spots) at #2 on sales of 46,000 thanks to a sale on Amazon and Google Play. Meanwhile, Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour held on at #3 (42,000), Ed Sheeran’s X fell two spots to #4 (35,000) and Trey Songz’s Trigga fell four spots from its #1 debut as sales trailed off by 67 percent (#5, 34,000).
There was a lot more movement on the Billboard Digital Songs chart, where potential song of the summer “Rude” by MAGIC! was back to #1 (185,000) even as Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt” flew onto the tally at #2 (182,000) for the biggest week by a country digital song since their “Cruise” sold 193,000 last July.
Elsewhere, Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” was down two spots (#3, 162,000), Maroon 5′s “Maps” was up two to #7 (105,000) and Charlie XCX’s “Boom Clap” climbed two spots to #8 (100,000)