The Wallflowers’ first studio album in more than eight years, Exit Wounds, debuts at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart (dated July 24). The Jakob Dylan-led act’s latest release sold 6,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending July 15, according to MRC Data.
Meanwhile, Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour clocks a third nonconsecutive week at No. 1 (10,000 sold; up 7%) while Miley Cyrus’ Plastic Hearts hits a new peak (re-entering at No. 5), thanks to its vinyl LP release.
Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now MRC Data. Pure album sales were the measurement solely utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Exit Wounds marks The Wallflowers’ highest-charting album yet, and second top 10, on the 30-year-old Top Album Sales chart. The act’s previous high came with its debut set, 1996’s Bringing Down the Horse, which peaked at No. 4 in 1997.
Cyrus’ Plastic Hearts re-enters the chart at No. 5 – a new peak – with a little more than 5,000 sold (up 1,233%) thanks to its vinyl LP release on July 9. Of the album’s sales for the week, 91% came from its vinyl edition, which also bows at No. 1 on the Vinyl Albums chart. Plastic Hearts initially debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the Top Album Sales chart dated Dec. 12, 2020.
Queen’s Greatest Hits falls 3-6 on the new Top Album Sales chart (just over 5,000; down 26%), BTS’ former No. 1 Map of the Soul: 7 climbs 12-7 (5,000; up 5%), Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours bumps 9-8 (nearly 5,000; down 6%), the former No. 1 Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack ascends 11-9 (a little less than 5,000; down 4%), and Michael Jackson’s Thriller holds at No. 10 (almost 5,000; down 6%).
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