Sam Smith captured his first Number One album because the British singer’s The Thrill of It All debuted atop the Billboard 200.
The Thrill of It All offered 237,000 copies in its first week of launch, marking profession highs each sales-wise and in chart place for Smith; the singer’s In the Lonely Hour – led by the Song of the Year and Record of the Year Grammy-winning “Stay With Me” – peaked at Number Two and 166,000 copies in its debut week in July 2014.
It was one other debut-heavy week as 5 new releases entered the Top 10: After Smith, Maroon 5’s new Red Pill Blues bowed at Number Two with 122,000 whole copies. As Billboard notes, gross sales of each The Thrill of It All and Red Pill Blues have been aided largely by a deal that bundled tickets for each acts’ upcoming tour with free copies of their new albums.
The similar scheme allowed Kenny Chesney’s Live in No Shoes Nation to turn out to be the primary stay album to land at Number One the Billboard 200 in seven years; Chesney’s album dropped to Number Six in its second week of availability.
Adam Levine’s fellow The Voice star Blake Shelton slotted at Number Four with the nation singer’s new LP Texoma Shore offered 63,000 copies and gave Shelton eight Top 10 albums in as a few years. Country singer Kelsea Ballerini additionally made her Top 10 debut as Unapologetically opened at Number Seven. Kid Rock’s Sweet Southern Sugar was the week’s closing Top 10 entrant at Number Eight and 43,000 copies.
Chris Brown’s sprawling Heartbreak on a Full Moon held at Number Three for the second straight week with 73,000 extra copies to guide the returnees. 21 Savage, Offset and Metro Boomin’s Without Warning at Number Five, Post Malone’s Stoney at Number Nine and Ed Sheeran’s Divide at Number 10 closed out the Top 10.
With Taylor Swift’s Reputation badured to open at Number One on subsequent week’s Billboard 200, the one query is what number of thousands and thousands of copies the LP sells in its opening week.