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On the Charts: Pentatonix’s Self-Titled LP Grabs Number One

A capella group narrowly edges Demi Lovato’s ‘Confident’ to take top spot with first album of original music


A capella group Pentatonix scooped up their first Number One album on the Billboard 200 as the quintet narrowly edged out Demi Lovato

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A capella group Pentatonix scooped up their first Number One album on the Billboard 200 as their new self-titled LP – the quintet’s first album to feature entirely original music and not covers – sold 98,000 total copies in its debut week to narrowly capture the top spot. Of those 98,000 copies, Pentatonix moved 88,000 in pure album sales. While this is the group’s first Number One, The Sing-Off-winning act has seen significantly better sales weeks thanks to their Christmas collection That’s Christmas to Me, 2014’s fourth-highest selling album. The holiday LP peaked at Number Two, Billboard reports.

Pentatonix narrowly edged Demi Lovato‘s Confident, the week’s Number Two album, which also ended the week with 98,000 total copies sold. 77,000 of those were from pure album sales, with the rest mainly coming from bulked-together purchases of her hit single “Cool for the Summer.” Rolling Stone cover star the Weeknd remained at Number Three with Beauty Behind the Madness.

Behind Pentatonix and Lovato, three more newcomers entered the Top 10: Machine Gun Kelly’s General Admission clocked in at Number Four with 56,000 copies, while Coheed and Cambria’s The Color Before the Sun bowed in at Number 10. A week after the Game‘s The Documentary 2 debuted at Number Two, the rapper’s quick follow-up The Documentary 2.5 entered the charts at Number Six with 48,000 copies; The Documentary 2‘s slide from Number Two to Number 11 prevented the rapper from locking in two simultaneous Top 10 albums.

Selena Gomez’s Revival, last week’s champ, dropped from the top spot to Number Seven. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift’s 1989 officially made it to a year straight in the Top 10 as the album finished its 52nd week of release at Number Nine.


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