Beach House Have The Top-Selling Album In America
I guess this is going to be a thing now. Two weeks ago, Mitski’s Laurel Hell debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200, Billboard’s all-encompassing album chart, which factors in album sales, individual track sales, and, crucially, streaming. But on the Top Album Sales chart, which goes by the more traditional metric of actual albums sold, Laurel Hell entered at #1. Now her fellow indie luminaries Beach House, fresh off their studio time with Kanye West, have pulled off the same feat (with an even greater disparity in position between the two charts).
Beach House rolled out their double album Once Twice Melody in four chapters, starting in November and concluding in February. Now that it’s officially out, it’s debuting on the various Billboard charts this week. On the Billboard 200, Beach House did not even crack the top 10; Once Twice Melody clocked in at a respectable #12 over there. But on the Top Album Sales chart, the album is #1, with 20,300 copies sold, Billboard reports. Of those sales, 18,200 were physical formats, including 14,500 on vinyl — enough to send Beach House to #1 on the Vinyl Albums chart for the fifth time. (They also sold 2,900 on CD and 800 on cassette.)
According to Billboard, Once Twice Melody is #1 on the Top Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Tastemaker Albums, and Top Current Album Sales charts as well. Khruangbin and Leon Bridges’ collaborative album Texas Moon debuts at #2 on the Top Album Sales chart with 16,400 copies sold, including 12,900 on vinyl.