U2's Songs of Experience knocks Taylor Swift's Reputation off Billboard top spot

Reuters

Dec,13 2017 18:10:43 IST

Los Angeles: U2 knocked Taylor Swift off her perch at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart with its new release Songs of Experience, giving the Irish band its eighth No 1 album in the United States.

Songs of Experience sold more than 185,000 units in its first week, according to Nielsen Music data released on Monday.

Singer Taylor Swift performs at Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Singer Taylor Swift and U2's Bono. AP

Billboard said it was the biggest sales week for a rock album in 2017 in an industry where hip hop and R&B music are now the biggest genres.

Country singer Chris Stapleton’s From a Room: Volume 2 debuted in second place with more than 124,000 units sold.

The two new releases pushed Swift’s Reputation into third place after three weeks at No 1

The Billboard 200 chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

On the Digital Songs chart, which measures online single sales, Ed Sheeran’s love song “Perfect” held steady in the top spot with a 200 percent increase in sales to 180,000 for the week, thanks to a newly released collaboration with Beyonce.

Updated Date: Dec 13, 2017 18:10 PM