“Beautiful Trauma” is the seventh studio album by Pink and her first in five years, but absence made the heart grow fonder as it debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200 albums chart with some of the best numbers for any artist this year. It dropped October 13 and moved 408,000 equivalent album units, which is the best of the year for a woman and the fourth biggest debut of the year overall, behind Kendrick Lamar (“Damn,” 603,000 units), Drake (“More Life,” 505,000 units), and Ed Sheeran (“Divide,” 451,000 units).
Billboard calculates album units by combining online streams, individual track sales, and traditional album sales, and that last metric is where Pink made her biggest mark. She had 384,000 in traditional sales, which is the biggest sales week for any artist this year of any gender. That’s more than 100,000 better than her last album, “The Truth About Love” (2012), which started on top with 280,000 copies sold. This is the biggest sales weekfor any album since Drake‘s “Views” in May 2016.
Pink, like many other artists, was able to take advantage of her upcoming concert tour, where album copies were included with ticket sales. That’s good for a shot in the arm in week one, though other albums bundled with concert tickets have seen significant drop-offs in week two, like Shania Twain‘s “Now,” The Killers‘ “Wonderful Wonderful,” and Arcade Fire‘s “Everything Now.”
The new Pink album was followed by two more debuts on the chart: Gucci Mane at number-two with “Mr. Davis” and Beck at number-three with “Colors,” his followup to his Grammy winning “Morning Phase.”
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