Sam Smith's voice is like a siren call. At first you're not sure what to make of it, but the more you hear, the more you're drawn in. And America, clearly you've heard the call.
The British singer's single, "Stay With Me," will put up its best week to date when the tune rises seven spots to #3 on sales of 167,000 (up 62 percent), according to Billboard's Digital Songs chart. Sam's on a great run, but he still has a way to go before he can hope to break the queens of summer chart lockdown.
Yes, Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" is still #1 (263,000) and Ariana Grande's "Problem" is again #2 (215,000), while Jason Derulo's "Wiggle" snaked up one spot to #5 on sales of 146,000. Thanks to their smash CMT Awards performance, Florida Georgia Line's "This is How We Roll" shot up 16 slots to #7 as sales ballooned 130 percent to 130,000 thanks to a new remix featuring Derulo.
Smokin', Drinkin', Hittin' #1
When you call your album Platinum it damn well better be a reference to your hair color and not your first-week sales expectations. But when you're Miranda Lambert, well, you can kind of do whatever you want and nobody's really going to give you a hard time. Plus, you know her fifth album's going to sell a milli... eventually.
Lambert needs another 9 weeks or so like this, but Platinum gave the singer her first #1 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart with sales of 180,000 according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. The country superstar easily lapped the week's other major debut, 50 Cent's Animal Ambition, which had a modest landing at #4 on sales of nearly 47,000. Hell, the soundtrack to "Frozen" sold 5,000 more copies than Fiddy did and it's been on the charts for seven months!
The only other major action in the top 10 was courtesy of a trio of digitally remastered reissues from classic rockers Led Zeppelin, including their self-titled debut (#7, 40,000), Led Zeppelin 2 (#9, 34,000) and Led Zeppelin III (#10, 32,000).
Whose 'Fault?' Your Fault
The soundtrack to #1 box office weeper "The Fault In Our Stars" rocketed up 10 spots in its third week to #8 on sales of 36,000, equaling its previous chart high. Elsewhere, Lucy Hale's Road Between came in at #14 (18,000) and Mariah Carey's Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, took a huge fall, dipping 15 spots to #18 in week two as sales were off by 72 percent to 16,000.