Alice Cooper crowns Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart (dated March 13) as the rock legend’s latest studio album Detroit Stories debuts at No. 1. It’s the first chart-topper for Cooper in the 29-year history of the Top Album Sales chart.
Detroit Stories leads a very busy Top Album Sales chart, where seven albums debut in the top 10.
Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now MRC Data. Pure album sales were the measurement solely utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Detroit Stories sold 13,000 copies across all available formats (CD, vinyl LP, digital download) in the week ending March 4, according to MRC Data. Of that starting sum, 9,500 were sold via CD and 2,000 came via vinyl LP. The remaining 1,500 were digital albums.
The album also starts at No. 1 on the Tastemaker Albums chart, which ranks the top-selling albums at independent and small chain music stores. Thirty-eight percent of the album’s first-week total sales (5,000) came via indie and small chains.
On the all-genre Billboard 200, Detroit Stories bows at No. 47, marking the act’s 27th chart entry, stretching back to 1969’s Pretties for You. (From 1969 through 1973, Alice Cooper charted six albums as a band. Then, from 1975 onwards, Cooper charted as a soloist.)
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