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Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ on the top album sales chart

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Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ on the top album sales chart

Billboard‘s Top Album Sales chart ranks this week’s best-selling albums based solely on traditional album sales. The history of the chart goes back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored paragraph count information from SoundScan, now MRC Data. Pure album sales was the measure used solely by the Billboard 200 album chart through the list dated December 6, 2014, after which the chart switched to a method that mixes sales albums with track-equivalent album units and streaming corresponding album units. For all map news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Of Born that way‘s sales of 5,000 in the week ending September 9 were almost entirely driven by CD sales.

At No. 1 on top album sales, veteran hard rock band Iron Maiden claims its first lead as the act’s latest studio effort Senjutsu starts with just over 61,000 copies sold (across CD, vinyl LP and digital downloads). The album also provides a splash across a host of other album charts as it opens at No. 1 on Independent Albums, Top Rock Albums, Hard Rock Albums and Tastemaker Albums. (The latter ranks this week’s best-selling album in independent and small chain records.)

Drakes Certified sweetheart begins at No. 2 on Top Album Sales with 46,000 copies sold, exclusively from digital downloads. It’s Drake’s 12th top 10 on the list.

Olivia Rodrigo’s former No. 1 Angry is a No. 3 non-mover with 20,000 (down 31%).

Rock band Imagine Dragons sees their latest studio album Mercury – Act 1 launch at No. 4 with 17,000 sold (across CD, vinyl LP, cassette and digital download). It is the fifth top 10 for the action and everyone has reached the top four on the list.

A trio of former No. 1s are next on the list, as are Halsey’s If I can not have love, I will have power falls 1-5 in its second week (nearly 17,000; down 76%), Billie Eilish Happier than ever is stable at No. 6 (12,000; down 1%) and TOMORROW X TOGETHER Chaos Chapter: Freeze dips 5-7 (8,000; down 43%).

Kanye West Donda falls 2-8 in its second week (7,500; down 79%) and J. Cole’s Out of season rises 10-9 (good 5000, down 28%).

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