But it was business as usual for VMA performer Taylor Swift, who crashed into the #1 spot on the Digital Singles chart with “Shake It Off.”
Paint It Blacc
After hitting #2 with this previous albums, Wiz finally climbed to the top, thanks to Hollywood moving 91,000 copies, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
That was more than enough to push the “Guardians Of the Galaxy” soundtrack back down to #2 (64,000). After 10 weeks on the charts, VMA performer Sam Smith’s debut, In The Lonely Hour, hung tight at #7, selling another 24,000 copies, putting him on track to break half a mill next week.
Meanwhile, 5 Seconds of Summer’s self-titled debut moved down two spots to #8 (24,000) as it crossed the 400,000 barrier.
Wiz had to take a backseat to Swift on the iTunes album chart, where the pre-orders for TSwizzle’s 1989 shot to #1, pushing Khalifa down to #3. Internet sensation Troye Sivan cracked the chart’s top 10, landing at #8 with his TRXYE EP.
Taylor also topped the iTunes songs chart with “Shake It Off,” which pushed Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” down to #2. But the bigger news was her huge debut on the Billboard Digital Songs chart, where “Shake It Off” moved 544,000 copies, the biggest sales week so far this year and the fourth-biggest digital debut ever.
Just LOOK at the records you broke for me this week. I can't thank you enough. I've never been happier in my life. http://t.co/iNoZx139Sr
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 26, 2014
Bass Still In Your Face
Trainor was at #2 on the Digital chart, up 18 percent to 283,000, while Jessie J’s hook-up with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang,” also moved up (21 percent) while sliding down one to #3 (159,000).
“Bang Bang” was one of several songs that got a VMA bump, including Iggy Azalea’s “Black Widow,” which was down one to #4 as sales increased 14 percent to 142,000. Also rising was Minaj’s “Anaconda,” which moved up 18 spots to #6 as sales ballooned by 132 percent to 120,000. Pre-show performer Charlie XCX’s “Boom Clap” was up four spots to #8 (97,000, up 22 percent).