Taylor Swift‘s newest album reputation earned the largest charting week of 2017 as it totaled 1.238 million equivalent album units in its first week on the Billboard 200. Of that number, 1.216 million were in traditional album sales, which was the largest sales week for any album since 2015.
reputation‘s 1.216 million unit was easily the biggest sales week of 2017 and the 10th largest sales week overall for any record since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. It’s also Swift’s fourth time selling a million albums in one week, the only artist to do so. Additionally, it’s the biggest opening week for any release since Adele‘s 25 in November of 2015.
Of course, reputation was kept off streaming services and its non-sales numbers came from TEA and SEA units from the four songs that were released in advance to stream and download individually. Out of the 1.216 million copies sold, 709,000 were in digital form. It’s the third-largest digital sales week ever according to Nielsen, trailing Adele’s 25 and Drake‘s Views.
At #2 is Sam Smith with The Thrill of It All, followed by Chris Brown at #3 with his double-album Heartbreak on a Full Moon. Post Malone lands at #4 with Stoney followed by ÷ from Ed Sheeran at #5.
21 Savage, Offset and Metro Boomin’s collaborative release Without Warning is at #6 followed by Red Pill Blues from Maroon 5 at #7.
The only other top ten debut comes from veteran Rock act Evanescence at #8 with Synthesis, which is a mix of orchestral remakes of their hits along with a handful of new songs. The top ten is rounded out by a pair of Country artists, Kenny Chesney at #9 and Blake Shelton at #10.