Chart Chat: Kelly Clarkson Scores Third Number One Album

Despite hitting the top spot, ‘Piece by Piece’ only moved a modest 97,000 copies, (85,000 of which are accounted for as physical sales, the rest based on streaming figures). And what’s more, Kelly only outsold the number two record, the soundtrack to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, by 1,000 units.

Nonetheless, it’s Kelly’s third time on the top of the album charts, following ‘Thankful’ in 2003 and ‘All I Ever Wanted’ in 2009, so congrats to Ms. Clarkson.

What’s kind of interesting is that ‘Stronger’ sold 163,000 in its first week and only hit number two. Maybe this shows how much album sales have changed in just three and a half years, although it’s fair to say that people have never bought as many records at this time of year as they do in the fall (‘Stronger’ dropped in October.)

Check out BreatheHeavy’s review of ‘Piece by Piece’ here.

Elsewhere, Taylor Swift is still in the top five at number three after a staggering nineteen weeks. Drake and Ed Sheeran round out the top five with ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ and the more succinctly titled ‘X’, respectively.

Whether Clarkson will hold on for a second week is doubtful with so little in it between her and the others at the top end of the chart – Sheeran at number five moved 63,000 units this week. Plus, Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ was released yesterday and is expected to hit number one following a string of five number one studio albums dating back to ‘Music’ in 2000.

What do you think of Kelly’s opening week? Who do you reckon will hit number one next week?