2015 US Mid-Year Charts Released

2015 US Mid-Year Charts Released

Billboard releases Nielsen Music’s most successful albums of 2015

Yep, 2015 is half over already.

We’ve already heard six months worth of singles, albums and promo releases and, tbh, it’s been a pretty strong year, overall. Artists have been offering up new sounds, a string of independent singers gained prominence and, for some reason, a lot of songs released in 2014 only began charting this year…

Billboard has released their annual list of the top performing albums and approximately no one will be surprised by who nabbed the number one spot.

2015’s Mid-Year Top 10 Albums (Based on Overall Equivalent Album Units)

1. Taylor Swift, 1989 (2,011,000 units)
2. Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (1,431,000)
3. Ed Sheeran, X (1,428,000)
4. Soundtrack, Fifty Shades of Grey (1,402,000)
5. Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour (1,296,000)
6. Meghan Trainor, Title (1,209,000)
7. Soundtrack, Furious 7 (971,000)
8. Maroon 5, V (966,000)
9. Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint (825,000)
10. Fall Out Boy, American Beauty / American Psycho (813,000)

The singular digital tracks chart looked a little different:

2015’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Digital Songs

1. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!” (4,883,000)
2. Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” (3,450,000)
3. Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, “See You Again” (3,073,000)
4. Maroon 5, “Sugar” (2,884,000)
5. Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do” (2,294,000)
6. Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and Dance” (2,155,000)
7. The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” (1,966,000)
8. Hozier, “Take Me To Church” (1,925,000)
9. Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney, “FourFiveSeconds” (1,868,000)
10. Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen” (1,864,000)

Billboard said of the chart results:

“Overall album sales are down by 4 percent compared to a year ago (116.1 million versus 120.9 million), as are CD album sales (down 10 percent to 56.6 million) and download album sales (down less than 1 percent to 53.7 million). Vinyl album sales continue to be a bright spot in a generally bleak sales picture, as the format grew by 38.4 percent to 5.6 million, year to date. That said, seven albums have sold more than 600,000 copies in 2015 — up from only four at this point a year ago.”

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