Soundscan Surprises, Week Ending 5/12

Back-catalog sales numbers of note from Nielsen SoundScan.

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Awl pal Ryan Adams put out a deluxe reissue of Heartbreaker, which also holds the top spot in vinyl sales this week, because of course. Adele’s first two albums are still selling like hotcakes, and Prince is still leading the charge with the top six spots. OK Computer got a little lift from Radiohead’s latest release, proving once and for all it is their best record. Except somehow In Rainbows got up there… Hmm. (Oh and for those of you wondering (me included), the definition of “back catalog” is: “at least 18 months old, have fallen below No. 100 on the Billboard 200 and do not have an active single on our radio.”)

7. ADELE 21 8,341 copies

10. ADAMS*RYAN HEARTBREAKER 4,820 copies

14. SHEERAN*ED + 4,378 copies

17. ADELE 19 4,010 copies

51. RADIOHEAD IN RAINBOWS 2,144 copies

68. WICKED ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING 1,839 copies

84. BEASTIE BOYS LICENSED TO ILL 1,681 copies

133. GOO GOO DOLLS DIZZY UP THE GIRL 1,312 copies

185. RADIOHEAD OK COMPUTER 1,101 copies

(Previously.)

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