On the music charts this week, Shania Twain returns to No. 1 after a 15-year absence, and Tom Petty had a huge surge in sales and streams following the news of his death.
“Now” (Mercury Nashville), Ms. Twain’s first studio album since 2002, opened at the top of Billboard’s latest chart by a wide margin, with 134,000 copies sold as a full album and 2.7 million song streams in the United States, according to Nielsen — an extremely low streaming sum for a No. 1 these days, but not unexpected for Ms. Twain’s demographic.
After news emerged of Mr. Petty’s death on Oct. 2 at age 66 — and even before it was confirmed, thanks to premature reports attributed to information from the Los Angeles Police Department — fans went online to buy and stream his catalog. On that day, Mr. Petty’s songs were streamed seven million times, according to Nielsen, and on Oct. 2 and 3, sales of his music grew by nearly 6,800 percent compared to the two days before his death. The most popular song, of course, was “Free Fallin’.”
Five albums by Mr. Petty re-entered the Billboard album chart this week. “Greatest Hits,” with his longtime band, the Heartbreakers, reached No. 2 with the equivalent of 84,000 sales, including an impressive 24 million streams. His next-highest charting title, “Wildflowers,” a solo album from 1994, reached No. 27.
Also this week, three new albums rounded out the Top 5: Demi Lovato’s “Tell Me You Love Me” is No. 3; A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s “The Bigger Artist” is No. 4; and Miley Cyrus’s “Younger Now” is in fifth place.
Last week’s top seller, the Killers’ “Wonderful Wonderful,” dropped all the way to No. 59, having lost 92 percent of its first-week sales.
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