When Ariana Grande promised to give you My Everything she wasn't kidding. And neither were you -- since plenty of Arianators went out last week and bought enough copies of Grande's sophomore album to help her score a second #1 debut in a row.
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According to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, Grande sold 169,000 copies of Everything, giving the 21-year-old her second #1 on the Billboard 200 in less than a year. It's the first time a woman has scored back-to-back #1s with her first two efforts since Susan Boyle did it in 2010, according to Billboard. It's also the second-biggest sales week for a female pop artist in 2014 behind Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence (182,000).
Grande's debut, Yours Truly, was released on August 30, 2013 and sold 138,000 copies in its first week.
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Ariana easily bested the latest from country star Brad Paisley, Moonshine in the Trunk, which landed at #2 (53,000) and R&B vet Kem, whose Promise to Love was just behind at #3 (52,000). British crooner Sam Smith crossed the half-million mark with In The Lonely Hour, which sold 30,000 more copies for an 11-week total of 523,000.
In the first full week since her 2014 MTV Video Music Awards triumph, Beyoncé's self-titled album had a HUGE bounce, moving up 30 spots and 181 percent to #14 as sales hit nearly 16,000. Not quite as many fans showed up for G-Unit's return, The Beauty of Independence, which came in at #17 on sales of 14,000. 50 Cent and the crew did a bit better on the iTunes album chart, where Beauty debuted at #8.
Taylor Swift will hold down the #1 spot on the Billboard Digital Songs chart for a second week with "Shake It Off," which moved another 340,000 copies. Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" held tight as well at #2 (251,000), as did Jessie J., Grande and Nicki Minaj's "Bang Bang" (233,000, up 47 percent).
Also up was Minaj's "Anaconda," which moved up two spots to #4 as sales rose 51 percent (181,000).
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