New Efforts From Billie Eilish, Prince, & Grateful Dead Among Top-Selling Albums

Billie Eilish‘s latest studio album Happier Than Ever, Prince‘s Welcome 2 America, and Grateful Dead‘s Dave’s Picks, Volume 39: The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA – 4/26/83, rank among the top-selling albums, according to MRC Data.

Happier Than Ever, which debuted atop the Billboard‘s Top Album Sales chart (dated August 14), sold 153,000 copes in the U.S. in the week ending August 5, according to MRC Data. The album recorded the third-largest sales week and second-largest sales debut this year.

Out of the album’s total sales during the week, physical album sales comprise 129,000 (73,000 on vinyl, 46,000 on CD and nearly 10,000 on cassette) and 24,000 via digital download.

Prince’s archival studio album debuted at No. 2 on the Top Album Sales list with 50,000 copies sold, the largest sales week for an R&B Album in 2021. Of the record’s starting sum, physical album sales comprise 43,000 (22,000 on vinyl LP and 21,000 on CD) and digital albums comprise 7,000.

Grateful Dead’s Dave’s Picks, Volume 39: The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA – 4/26/83, is ranked No. 3 on Top Album Sales with 22,000 sold (all from CD sales). That 22,000 sum is the largest sales week for a Grateful Dead album since the week ending December 24, 1995, when Hundred Year Hall sold 25,000 copies.

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