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Top selling Rock albums of the 1st quarter of 2018
« on: April 09, 2018, 05:02:53 AM »
Top selling Rock albums of the 1st quarter of 2018 in the United States:

Rank - Estimated Sales - TITLE - Artist
01 - 148,000 - M A N I A - Fall Out Boy
02 - 128,000 - THIS HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE - Bon Jovi
03 - 121,000 - BOARDING HOUSE REACH - Jack White
04 - 112,000 - EVOLVE - Imagine Dragons
05 - 92,000 - HARDWIRED...TO SELF-DESTRUCT - Metallica
06 - 73,000 - AMERICAN UTOPIA - David Byrne
07 - 63,000 - FIREPOWER - Judas Priest
08 - 59,000 - A DECADE OF DESTRUCTION - Five Finger Death Punch
09 - 58,000 - BY THE WAY I FORGIVE YOU - Brandi Carlile
10 - 57,000 - GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2: AWESOME MIX VOL. 2 - Soundtrack
11 - 56,000 - GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: AWESOME MIX VOL. 1 - Soundtrack
12 - 52,000 - FROM THE FIRES - Greta Van Fleet
13 - 51,000 - BOTH SIDES OF THE SKY - Jimi Hendrix
14 - 51,000 - SWEET SOUTHERN SUGAR - Kid Rock
15 - 49,000 - METALLICA - Metallica
16 - 48,000 - GREATEST HITS - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
17 - 45,000 - DIAMONDS - Elton John
18 - 41,000 - SONGS OF EXPERIENCE - U2
19 - 39,000 - TEARING AT THE SEAMS - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
20 - 37,000 - SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND - Beatles
21 - 37,000 - GREATEST HITS - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
22 - 36,000 - MASTER OF PUPPETS - Metallica
23 - 34,000 - I'LL BE YOUR GIRL - Decemberists
24 - 33,000 - VALE - Black Veil Brides
25 - 32,000 - NIGHT VISIONS - Imagine Dragons
26 - 30,000 - CHRONICLE:THE 20 GREATEST HITS - Creedence Clearwater Revival
27 - 29,000 - RUMOURS - Fleetwood Mac
28 - 28,000 - HYBRID THEORY - Linkin Park
29 - 27,000 - GREATEST HITS - Journey
30 - 26,000 - NATION OF TWO - Vance Joy
31 - 26,000 - BLURRYFACE - Twenty One Pilots
32 - 26,000 - GRIMMEST HITS - Black Label Society
33 - 26,000 - HERE COME THE RUNTS - Awolnation
34 - 24,000 - RUINS - First Aid Kit
35 - 24,000 - DARK SIDE OF THE MOON - Pink Floyd
36 - 24,000 - A DECADE OF HITS 1969-1979 - Allman Brothers Band
37 - 23,000 - AND JUSTICE FOR ALL - Metallica
38 - 23,000 - RIDE THE LIGHTNING - Metallica
39 - 23,000 - WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND - Joan Baez
40 - 22,000 - GREATEST HITS - Guns N'Roses
41 - 22,000 - APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION - Guns N'Roses
42 - 22,000 - THE DOORS - Doors
43 - 22,000 - ICON: LYNYRD SKYNYRD - Lynyrd Skynyrd
44 - 22,000 - DEATH OF A BACHELOR - Panic At The Disco
45 - 22,000 - PLAYLIST: THE VERY BEST OF - Santana
46 - 22,000 - ALL THE RIGHT REASONS - Nickelback
47 - 21,000 - BACK IN BLACK - AC/DC
48 - 21,000 - CHAIN BREAKER - Zach Williams
49 - 21,000 - PLAYLIST: THE VERY BEST OF - Creedence Clearwater Revisited
50 - 21,000 - PLAYLIST: THE VERY BEST OF LIVE - Journey



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Re: Top selling Rock albums of the 1st quarter of 2018
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2018, 04:58:54 AM »
So Metallicas album from almost 30 years ago have outsold SOE...

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Re: Top selling Rock albums of the 1st quarter of 2018
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2018, 06:53:48 AM »
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So Metallicas album from almost 30 years ago have outsold SOE...

If your just counting sales in the new year, 2018 yes. What this chart does not include, is the 250,000 copies Songs Of Experience sold in the United States in December 2017. So, since December 1, 2017, Songs Of Experience would be the top selling rock album in the United States.

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Re: Top selling Rock albums of the 1st quarter of 2018
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2018, 07:38:57 AM »
Rock really has died, and this list proves it. What percentage of these albums are 30, 40, even 50 years old? Half? More?

Was it in 2000 when Bono sang "the last of the rock stars, when hip-hop drove the big cars"? Pretty prophetic because I don't believe the switch had happened yet. I mean, it was happening but I think it was a really astute observation at the time.

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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2018, 08:14:31 AM »
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Rock really has died, and this list proves it. What percentage of these albums are 30, 40, even 50 years old? Half? More?

Was it in 2000 when Bono sang "the last of the rock stars, when hip-hop drove the big cars"? Pretty prophetic because I don't believe the switch had happened yet. I mean, it was happening but I think it was a really astute observation at the time.

Almost half, about 42%. In addition, if your new rock album can't sell as much as Metallica's black album(released August 1991) on a weekly basis, then its safe to say its not very relevant or prominent either in terms of rock or the overall music scene. Songs Of Experience has sold well, but its sales have really fallen from where they were in December on a weekly basis.

Then again, the Album itself is starting to become a relic of the past. Which individual songs have the highest streams is what is hot now.

Making the greatest album was at the centerpiece of what U2 did in the recording studio. Unfortunately, that type of art and format for presenting music, is no longer popular anymore and gets less so with each year.

We have a new generation of people born since the year 2000 already with some of them not knowing what Rock music is. Soon there will come a time when some high school age people won't know what an "album" is either.

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Re: Top selling Rock albums of the 1st quarter of 2018
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2018, 08:48:27 AM »
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Rock really has died, and this list proves it. What percentage of these albums are 30, 40, even 50 years old? Half? More?

Was it in 2000 when Bono sang "the last of the rock stars, when hip-hop drove the big cars"? Pretty prophetic because I don't believe the switch had happened yet. I mean, it was happening but I think it was a really astute observation at the time.

To be fair though, Top 40 Pop and Hip Hop aren't doing that well in terms of sales either. Going platinum is a rarity now.

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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2018, 11:47:21 AM »
But that's a separate thing - the age of digital music/streaming.

Those are the dominant forms of music, even if the old forms of music sales have dropped off a cliff.

Put another way, I bet the hip hop list for this year doesn't have 2Pac and Biggie - because there is so much fresh, popular material. Even if the album sales don't resemble 1990s numbers. Look, I love Pink Floyd and The Beatles, but they don't belong on a list of top selling albums in 2018. But they are there because rock has died 

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Re: Top selling Rock albums of the 1st quarter of 2018
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2018, 12:26:32 PM »
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But that's a separate thing - the age of digital music/streaming.

Those are the dominant forms of music, even if the old forms of music sales have dropped off a cliff.

Put another way, I bet the hip hop list for this year doesn't have 2Pac and Biggie - because there is so much fresh, popular material. Even if the album sales don't resemble 1990s numbers. Look, I love Pink Floyd and The Beatles, but they don't belong on a list of top selling albums in 2018. But they are there because rock has died


Here is the Hip Hop / R&B list for the first quarter of 2018. Surprise, its sales are worse than the Rock list. I think this is because those that listen to these types of music are more likely to have switched to streaming and go for individual songs as opposed to albums.

QTR 1: HIP-HOP/R&B ALBUM SALES

Rank - Estimated Sales - TITLE - Artist
01 - 157,000 - BLACK PANTHER: THE ALBUM - Soundtrack
02 - 110,000 - 24K MAGIC - Bruno Mars
03 - 102,000 - REVIVAL - Eminem
04 - 92,000 - DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
05 - 75,000 - CULTURE II - Migos
06 - 49,000 - VICTORY LAP - Nipsey Hussle
07 - 40,000 - CTRL - SZA
08 - 39,000 - BOBBY TARANTINO II - Logic
09 - 38,000 - AMERICAN TEEN - Khalid
10 - 37,000 - STONEY - Post Malone
11 - 35,000 - PERCEPTION - NF
12 - 34,000 - THE BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED - G-Eazy
13 - 32,000 - LEMONADE - Beyoncé
14 - 31,000 - LEGEND - Bob Marley & the Wailers
15 - 29,000 - THRILLER - Michael Jackson
16 - 27,000 - AWAKEN MY LOVE - Childish Gambino
17 - 27,000 - 4:44 - Jay-Z
18 - 26,000 - BAD - Michael Jackson
19 - 24,000 - BACK TO BLACK - Amy Winehouse
20 - 24,000 - DAY69 - 6ix9ine
21 - 24,000 - ? - XXXTentacion
22 - 23,000 - GOOD KID M.A.A.D CITY - Kendrick Lamar
23 - 22,000 - CURTAIN CALL: THE HITS - Eminem
24 - 21,000 - PURPLE RAIN - Prince & the Revolution
25 - 21,000 - PLANET - Tech 9ine
26 - 20,000 - MEMORIES DON'T DIE - Tory Lanez
27 - 19,000 - LICENSED TO ILL - Beastie Boys
28 - 19,000 - THE EMINEM SHOW - Eminem
29 - 19,000 - THE ESSENTIAL - Michael Jackson
30 - 19,000 - THE VERY BEST OF - Prince
31 - 18,000 - FLOWER BOY - Tyler The Creator
32 - 18,000 - THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION - Lionel Richie
33 - 17,000 - GREATEST HITS - 2Pac
34 - 17,000 - DIAMOND DIANA: THE LEGACY COLLECTION - Diana Ross
35 - 17,000 - GREATEST HITS - Notorious BIG
36 - 16,000 - KIND OF BLUE - Miles Davis
37 - 16,000 - THE CHRONIC - Dr Dre
38 - 16,000 - STARBOY - The Weeknd
39 - 16,000 - TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY - Kendrick Lamar
40 - 16,000 - THE SLIM SHADY LP - Eminem
41 - 15,000 - ALL EYEZ ON ME - 2Pac
42 - 15,000 - PRESSURE - Jeezy
43 - 15,000 - GEMINI - Macklemore
44 - 14,000 - OFF THE WALL - Michael Jackson
45 - 14,000 - HEARTBREAK ON A FULL MOON - Chris Brown
46 - 14,000 - BEST OF THE 60'S: 20TH CENTURY MASTERS - Tempations
47 - 14,000 - 2 HEARTLESS - Moneybagg Yo
48 - 13,000 - WAR & LEISURE - Miguel
49 - 13,000 - PRHYME 2 - Prhyme
50 - 12,000 - SEX & CIGARETTES - Toni Braxton

I'm not sure that Bob Marley should be classified as R&B/Hip Hop. I'd consider him closer to rock music than that.
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Re: Top selling Rock albums of the 1st quarter of 2018
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2018, 12:46:12 PM »
OMG look. 2Pac. Notorious BIG. Michael Jackson. I'll give a pass on Prince being on the list due to his somewhat recent death. What the h are The Beastie Boys doing on there?

Agreed on Marley, and honestly I'd put MJ closer to the rock category too.

But this does show that no matter the category, ONLY OLD PEOPLE ARE BUYING ALBUMS.

Rock's still dead, though.

PS: Miles Davis??? And The Temptations???

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Re: Top selling Rock albums of the 1st quarter of 2018
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2018, 02:48:32 PM »
Hey! I'm only 31 and I'm buying albums!

Actually, my wife tells me I'm kind of old, so there ya go.  ;D

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Re: Top selling Rock albums of the 1st quarter of 2018
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2018, 03:50:11 PM »
Ok, this could be illuminating. What albums have you bought in the last year or so?

Looking more at the list, I see that 24K Magic is obviously up there but Bruno has a wiiiiiiide appeal. My 70 year old mother likes Bruno Mars. As does my 12 year old daughter. I know a lot of people were frustrated by all the Grammies it won, but maybe its massive appeal was notable enough to deserve it.

4:44 was a big album but Jay-Z's audience skews slightly older. I think Millennial age, plus some Gen X, but not so much Gen Z. Kendrick Lamar, same. Beyonce is like Bruno Mars; everybody is listening to her.

But where is Cardi B on this list? Isn't she the hottest thing for the younguns right now? I do see SZA but not sure if she's pan-generational in appeal (I know Black Panther is probably going to be the hugest thing on this list all year, already number one and going to stay there for a while, and I know she's on there).

But where's Cardi B? Is her audience Gen Z and strictly streaming?

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Ok, this could be illuminating. What albums have you bought in the last year or so?

Looking more at the list, I see that 24K Magic is obviously up there but Bruno has a wiiiiiiide appeal. My 70 year old mother likes Bruno Mars. As does my 12 year old daughter. I know a lot of people were frustrated by all the Grammies it won, but maybe its massive appeal was notable enough to deserve it.

4:44 was a big album but Jay-Z's audience skews slightly older. I think Millennial age, plus some Gen X, but not so much Gen Z. Kendrick Lamar, same. Beyonce is like Bruno Mars; everybody is listening to her.

But where is Cardi B on this list? Isn't she the hottest thing for the younguns right now? I do see SZA but not sure if she's pan-generational in appeal (I know Black Panther is probably going to be the hugest thing on this list all year, already number one and going to stay there for a while, and I know she's on there).

But where's Cardi B? Is her audience Gen Z and strictly streaming?

Cardi B's debut album was released last Friday, just seven days ago. So her first week on chart won't be until next week. Official sales numbers for her first week of sales won't be seen until Monday. She is projected to do about 225,000 in equivalent album sales, with about 100,000 of that figure being pure album sales(physical and digital).

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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2018, 09:59:48 AM »
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Ok, this could be illuminating. What albums have you bought in the last year or so?
Well, since you asked...

-Toys in the Attic - Aerosmith
-Please Please Me - The Beatles
-Revolver - The Beatles
-The Cars - The Cars
-Parachutes - Coldplay
-A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay
-X&Y - Coldplay
-Viva La Vida (Prospekt's March Edition) - Coldplay
-Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay
-Ghost Stories - Coldplay
-A Head Full of Dreams - Coldplay
-Hotel California - Eagles
-Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (Deluxe) - Elton John
-Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
-Tug of War (Deluxe) - Paul McCartney
-Memory Almost Full (Deluxe) - Paul McCartney
-The Outsiders (Deluxe) - Needtobreathe
-Full Moon Fever - Tom Petty
-A Night at the Opera (Deluxe) - Queen
-Jazz (Deluxe) - Queen
-Face Dances - The Who
-Talking Book - Stevie Wonder

These were all my iTunes album acquisitions so far in 2018. I'm reducing my hard copy count and replacing my collection with versions straight from iTunes, as well as expanding my collection, and I'm also getting some albums I used to borrow from my dad that I want for my own. It's going to be a long time to rebuild everything, but I've discovered some great new stuff as well as rediscovered some old favorites.

Side note: Full Moon Fever was a new acquisition for me, and I'd put that on my top ten album list. I cannot recommend that album enough. Honorable mention goes to The Outsiders.