Now 49 Compilation Bows At #1
February 12, 2014

The unstoppable Now compilation series brings another installment to #1 on the sales chart this week, as Now 49 debuts atop the chart with 98,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. All 49 of the numbered Now albums have reached the Top 10, and all but the first one debuted in the Top 10, marking a pretty incredible run. The Now 50 compilation is already scheduled for a May 6 release, although a track list has not yet been announced, notes Billboard. Meanwhile, the soundtrack to the movie Frozen slips to #2 this week with 88,000 sold.

Bruno Mars

The latest Bruno Mars album, Unorthodox Jukebox, got a big sales boost thanks to his headlining slot at the Super Bowl halftime show. The album jumped from #7 to last week to #3 this week with 81,000 in sales, marking a 92 percent increase. Moreover, his first album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, rose up to #11 on the chart with 26,000 sold.

Toni Braxton and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds bow at #4 with Love, Marriage & Divorce, shifting 67,000. It's the highest-charting album for Braxton since Libra also debuted at #4 in 2005, and the highest-charting album ever for Babyface.
Broken Bells' After the Disco bows at #5 with 44,000 sold, and Little Mix's Salute starts at #6 with 43,000. As for the rest of the Top 10, Beyoncé's self-titled album is #7 with 38,000, Lorde's Pure Heroine is #8 with just over 35,000, the 2014 Grammy Nominees compilation drops to #9 with 35,000, and Katy Perry's Prism sits at #10 with 27,000.

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Mark Adams
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