Demi Lovato’s Dancing With the Devil… The Art of Starting Over debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart (dated April 17). The set was released on April 2 via Island/Republic and sold 38,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending April 8, according to MRC Data.
Dancing is Lovato’s second No. 1 on Top Album Sales, and seventh consecutive top five-charting effort – the entirety of her charting albums. She previously topped the tally in 2009 with Here We Go Again.
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.
Of Dancing’s debut sales of 38,000, physical album sales comprise 25,000 of that figure (all in CD sales) while digital album sales comprise 13,000. Sales of Dancing got help from the availability of a Target-exclusive CD edition of the set with two bonus tracks, a signed CD sold via Lovato’s official website, multiple CD cover variants and a deluxe edition with bonus tracks available through digital retailers.
Carrie Underwood’s My Savior falls 1-2 in its second week on Top Album Sales, selling 31,000 copies (down 55%). After two weeks on sale, My Savior is the fifth-biggest selling album of 2021, with 99,000 copies sold through April 8. The year’s top-seller is Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album, with 215,000 copies sold.
Sturgill Simpson’s Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 2: The Cowboy Arms Sessions re-enters Top Album Sales at No. 3 with 18,000 copies sold (up 14,758%), following the album’s release on CD and vinyl on April 2. Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 2 is Simpson’s second album of bluegrass covers of his own material, following 2020’s Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 1: The Butcher Shoppe Sessions. The new album was initially released on digital retail and streaming services last year and previously spent one week on the tally, debuting and peaking at No. 48 on the Dec. 26, 2020-dated chart from download sales only (6,000 sold in its first week).
Of Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 2’s nearly 18,000 sold in the latest tracking frame, a little over 14,000 comprise vinyl LPs, 3,000 comprise CDs and less than 1,000 comprise digital albums. Its sturdy vinyl sales figure lands the album at No. 1 on the Vinyl Albums chart. The set also enters at No. 1 on Tastemaker Albums, which ranks the top-selling albums of the week at independent and small chain record stores. Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 2 sold nearly 10,000 copies through those retailers across all formats.
Shakey Graves’ Roll the Bones X debuts at No. 4 on Top Album Sales with 7,000 copies sold, securing the singer his first top 10 effort. The set is a reissue of the singer’s 2011 album Roll the Bones (which did not chart), bolstered with 15 previously unreleased recordings.
A trio of former No. 1s are next up on the list, as Harry Styles’ Fine Line rises 14-5 with 7,000 sold (up 35% after a boost in vinyl LP sales), Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club climbs 7-6 with 6,500 (down 29%) and Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? pushes 9-7 with just over 6,000 (up less than 1%).
Godspeed You! Black Emperor scores its first top 10 on Top Album Sales, as the act’s latest studio effort, G_d’s Pee at State’s End! bows at No. 8 with 6,000 copies sold. The album was strongly supported by vinyl LP sales, with 3,500 copies sold via the format.
Rounding out the latest top 10 on Top Album Sales is Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Legend: The Best Of… (19-9 with nearly 6,000 sold; up 26% thanks to a surge in vinyl sales) and Justin Bieber’s Justice (5-10 with 5,500 sold; down 43%).