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    Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:25:23

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    Sam Smith's second album, The Thrill of It All, has earned the English singer-songwriter his first US number one ranking on the Billboard 200 album chart. For the sales week ending November 9, The Thrill of It All moved 237,000 equivalent album units, 185,000 of which came in the form of traditional album sales. The follow up to Smith's 2014 debut, In the Lonely Hour, was led by hit single "Too Good at Goodbyes" and also benefited from the increasingly popular concert ticket and album sales bundling tactic.

    At number two, Maroon 5 unveiled their latest effort, Red Pill Blues, to the tune of 122,000 units. The band's sixth album earned their sixth top ten ranking, following most recently in the footsteps of 2014's chart topping V. The band employed a concert ticket and album purchase promotional bundle, as they had with V.

    Chris Brown's Heartbreak on a Full Moon holds in the third slot during its second week of sales, though the album's first week sales were really only based on three days after a mid-week release to tally numbers for its debut. Second week sales totals heavily favored streams, which were up 28 percent and accounted for two thirds of the double album's total stats.

    Blake Shelton, meanwhile, scored his 11th total top ten ranking and sixth straight, as Texoma Shore bows with 63,000 units sold. The country singer, and co-host of The Voice alongside Adam Levine (of #2's Maroon 5), has now released at least one charting record in the last eight consecutive years.

    Without Warning, the aptly-named surprise album from rappers 21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin, slipped down one rung to number five. In similar fashion to Chris Brown's Heartbreak on a Full Moon, the Halloween release earned the fourth slot last week despite only three days of total sales, and this week saw a strong increase in streaming numbers, up 25 percent in all.

    Kenny Chesney dropped five spots to number six after topping last week's rankings. Total album sales of Live in No Shoes Nation fell 76 percent. Fellow country singer Kelsea Ballerini, meanwhile, earned her first appearance in the top ten with her sophomore LP, as Unapologetically debuted at number seven.

    At number eight, Rap-country-rocker and part-time spoof politician Kid Rock wrangled his ninth top ten release with Sweet Southern Sugar, which sold 43,000 total units. Post Malone clung to the list at number nine with Stoney's sales falling only 3 percent on the week, extending an impressive streak for an album that debuted in December 2016. Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Divide) completes the top ten list, with sales up 14 percent.

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    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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