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On the Charts: Florence and the Machine Notch First Number One

Band earns best sales week with ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ moving 137,000 copies

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Florence and the Machine earned their first Number One album on the Billboard 200 with 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.'

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Florence and the Machine‘s new album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful debuted atop the Billboard 200, knocking off two-week champion A$AP Rocky and earning frontwoman Florence Welch her first Number One record, Billboard reports.

How Big sold 137,000 units in its first week, according to Nielsen Music, the band’s best sales week yet. It shatters Florence and the Machine’s previous record of 105,000 copies, which earned 2011’s Ceremonials the Number Six spot (the band’s 2009 debut Lungs peaked at Number 14).

Elsewhere, A$AP Rocky’s sophomore effort At.Long.Last.A$AP fell to Number Three, selling 50,000 units — a 66 percent decline from last week’s 146,000 — while Taylor Swift’s indomitable 1989 maintained the Number Two slot, pushing 66,000 copies, a five percent slide from last week.

Jason DeRulo’s Everything Is 4 properly debuted at Number Four, matching the peak chart placement he earned with last year’s Talk Dirty; the new LP, however, moved only 37,000 units, compared to the 44,000 Talk Dirty sold upon its debut, still the singer’s best sales week. DeRulo has, however, scored another Top 10 single — and his sixth consecutive top 40 hit — on the Billboard Hot 100, with “Want to Want Me” garnering 1.1 million downloads.

Country greats Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s latest collaborative effort Django and Jimmie was the only other new LP to hit the top 10 this week, bowing at Number Seven after moving 31,000 copies — 30,000 of which were “pure album sales.” While Nelson has notched four top 10 records on the Billboard 200 throughout his career — peaking at Number Two with 1982’s Always on My MindDjango and Jimmie is Haggard’s first, and highest charting album to date.

This week’s Billboard 200 also found Ed Sheeran’s X jumping from Number Seven to Five (36,000 units), and the Pitch Perfect soundtrack dropping from Four to Six (34,000). Meghan Trainor’s Title held at Number Eight, moving just over 30,000 units, while Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde leapt from Number 17 to Nine, selling 30,000 units, up 22 percent from the previous week. Maroon 5’s V bumped one spot to round out the top 10, selling 29,000 units.


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