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Bon Jovi’s ‘Forever’ Enters at No. 1 on Top Album Sales Chart

Bon Jovi’s new studio album Forever enters at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart (dated June 22), with 50,000 copies sold in the U.S. in the week ending June 13, according to Luminate. Of that sum, vinyl sales accounted for 9,000 copies – the band’s biggest week on vinyl since Luminate began tracking sales in 1991.

Also in the top 10 of the new Top Album Sales chart, the latest albums from Charli XCX, Meghan Trainor and NxWorries debut.

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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 Luminate. Pure album sales were the sole measurement 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. The new June 22, 2024-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on June 18. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Since the Top Album Sales chart launched in 1991, Bon Jovi has placed 20 titles on the ranking, with five of them hitting No. 1. The band’s overall Billboard chart history pre-dates 1991, having first reached a Billboard chart in 1984.

Forever’s first-week sales were supported by its availability across 11 vinyl variants (mostly color variants; three had collectible paper ephemera contained inside, one of which was a signed edition), four CD editions (a standard set, two with alternative cover art, and one that was signed), a cassette tape, a standard digital download album, and a deluxe digital download edition with two bonus tracks that was sold via the band’s official webstore starting June 8.

At No. 2 on Top Album Sales, Charli XCX’s new Brat bows with 45,000 copies sold – the singer-songwriter’s largest sales week yet.

The album’s first-week sales were supported by its availability across 14 vinyl variants (mostly color variants, two were issued in deluxe editions containing collectible paper ephemera, one of which also housed a bonus 7-inch vinyl), which added up to 34,000 copies sold on vinyl – Charli XCX’s biggest week on vinyl. The set was also issued as a standard CD, a signed CD and as a deluxe boxed set containing a branded T-shirt and a CD. On June 10, the album was reissued as a deluxe digital download and streaming album with three bonus tracks.

ATEEZ’s chart-topping Golden Hour: Part.1 falls 1-3 in its second week on Top Album Sales (43,000; down 66%), Taylor Swift’s former No. 1 The Tortured Poets Department dips 2-4 (23,000; down 13%) and Billie Eilish’s Hit Me Hard and Soft slips 3-5 (20,000; down 18%).

Meghan Trainor collects her largest sales week since 2016, as Timeless starts at No. 6 with 15,000 sold. Of that sum, 4,000 were on vinyl – Trainor’s best week on vinyl ever. The album’s overall sales were supported by 11 vinyl variants (including a signed edition), five CD variants (including two signed editions, and a Target-exclusive with a bonus track), a standard digital download album, a deluxe edition with a bonus track, and two further deluxe versions (one containing bonus “sped up” mixes, and one containing bonus “slowed down” mixes).

Superduo NxWorries (comprising Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge) sees its new album Why Lawd? debut at No. 7 with 11,000 sold (its best sales week ever) – exclusively from sales of its physical configurations. It was released on June 7 on CD, vinyl and cassette, and then reached digital retail and streaming services a week later on June 14. The album was initially available across five vinyl variants, one CD and one cassette tape. Vinyl sales accounted for 9,000 of Why Lawd?’s first-week – the act’s best week on vinyl.

Rounding out the top 10 on the new Top Album Sales chart: Chappell Roan’s The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess rallies 17-8 with 8,000 sold (the album’s best week, up 87% — the rise follows her buzzy performance at the Governor’s Ball), Twenty One Pilots’ former leader Clancy falls 5-9 (nearly 8,000; down 32%) and The Marias’ Submarine slips 4-10 (7,000; down 58%).

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