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Pink’s ‘Beautiful Trauma’ Is No. 1 With Big Sales in a Streaming World


Pink’s “Beautiful Trauma” debuted at the top of the Billboard album chart with 408,000 sales in the United States.

Elizabeth Weinberg for The New York Times

Pink, the no-nonsense singer who for nearly two decades has made a career of being a pop outsider on top of the charts, has done it again.

Her new album, “Beautiful Trauma” (RCA), has opened at No. 1 on the latest Billboard chart by a wide margin, with the equivalent of 408,000 sales in the United States, according to Nielsen. Of that total, 384,000 were sales of complete albums, including 283,000 CDs.

Those numbers were helped by a bundling deal that included CDs in the cost of a ticket for Pink’s upcoming tour. (The Killers, LCD Soundsystem and Katy Perry are among the many others who have employed that strategy recently.) Even so, Pink’s ability to sell albums is a powerful testament to her star power at a time when streaming is rapidly taking over. In fact, Pink’s 384,000 sales are the most for a No. 1 album since Drake’s “Views” notched 852,000 a year and a half ago.

In addition to those sales, the songs on “Beautiful Trauma” were streamed 19.5 million times in the album’s first week.

Two other albums opened high on the album chart this week. Gucci Mane’s “Mr. Davis” (Atlantic) debuted at No. 2 with 21,000 sales and 69 million streams, and Beck’s “Colors” (Capitol) started in third place with 41,000 sales and 6 million streams.

Also this week, Post Malone’s “Stoney” is No. 4 and Lil Uzi Vert, still holding strong in the Top 10 after two months, rose two spots to No. 5. Last week’s No. 1 album, “Perception” by the rapper NF, fell to No. 25.

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