Billboard’s new album chart won’t be revealed until Wednesday morning, but Hits Daily Double, whose chart uses the same methods as Billboard and has about 99 percent of the same results, shows a clear winner: Meek Mill
With final sales figures figured in, Meek Mill sold 216,173 copies of Dreams Worth More Than Money, easily beating the rest of the albums. When album streaming is figured in, the original number could increase a lot. Meek Mill received generally good reviews for his album. Exclaim loves Dreams Worth More Than Money.
“Dreams Worth More Than Money overflows with sonic effervescence, drawing you into the snake pit that is the mainstream hip-hop industry, with all the opulent trappings therein.”
The review goes on to praise the tight production and the fact that Meek Mill is still pushing the envelope of the street anthem narrative. Billboard also gave Mill’s album a positive review.
“Dreams Worth More Than Money is surprisingly focused, presenting an uncomfortably lucid, non-pensive character study detailing the underside of the American Dream.”
Coming in behind Meek Mill is Miguel’s Wildheart, which sold 39,342 copies according to Hits Daily Double. Given the hype and publicity for Miguel’s album, those sales figures could be considered disappointing. Miguel’s album has received excellent reviews. The Boston Globe was just one of the many sources who praised Wildheart.
“If there are no obvious radio-ready hits on par with ‘Adorn,’ his massive hit from 2012’s ‘Kaleidoscope Dream,’ there is something more potent in their place: a stone-cold classic not tethered to time, genre, or expectations.”
The review especially praises the song “What’s Normal Anyway?” which is about Miguel’s biracial heritage.
Joining Meek Mill and Miguel in the top five is James Taylor. Despite losing 36 percent of his sales, Taylor comes in at No. 3. It’s a very disappointing 79 percent drop in sales for last week’s No. 1, as Breaking Benjamin’s Dark Before Dawn drops to No. 4. Taylor Swift‘s 1989, which has been a top-seller since October of 2014, comes in at No. 5. Taylor Swift and Breaking Benjamin are so close in sales that in Billboard’s final chart, Swift could overtake the band.
It’s very likely that Meek Mill will take the No. 1 spot again as Dreams Worth More Than Money is still No. 1 on iTunes as of Tuesday afternoon. Miguel is at No. 4, so he shouldn’t drop too much next week. It will be interesting to see both Meek Mill and Miguel’s final chart position on the Billboard 200 album chart next week.
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