"Anti" sold 166,000 units, comprising album and song sales
and streaming activity, in its second week of release, according
to figures from Nielsen Soundscan.
That was enough to unseat Adele's "25" from the No. 1 spot,
while American rapper Kevin Gates' debut album, "Islah," took
second place with 112,000 units sold.
"Anti," Rihanna's eighth album, was released on Jan. 27
exclusively on online music platform Tidal. Through a deal with
Samsung, a million copies were offered free to fans who signed
up for Tidal membership, making "Anti" ineligible for Billboard
charts rankings in the first week, since Billboard does not
count sales of albums priced under $3.49.
British band Coldplay's "A Head Full of Dreams" got a chart bump
ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl, where the group played the
halftime show, rising to 16th place from 37th.
Coldplay and fellow Super Bowl artists Beyonce and Bruno Mars
will have to wait until next week to see the chart impact of
their performance on the most-watched annual TV event in the
The only other Billboard 200 debuts were from Australian indie
pop singer Sia, whose "This is Acting" album landed at No. 4,
and American YouTube star Charlie Puth, whose first studio
album, "Nine Track Mind," came in at No. 6.
On the digital songs chart, which measures online single sales,
former One Direction singer Zayn Malik beat Drake to the top
spot with 267,000 downloads of his "Pillowtalk" release,
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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