Artwork by Beach House
It has been two weeks since Mitski’s Laurel Hell debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, the chart’s all-encompassing album chart which takes into account album sales, individual track sales, and streaming. However, on the Top Album Sales chart, which uses the more traditional metric of sold albums, Laurel Hell came in first. Now her fellow indie luminaries Beach House, fresh off of time spent in the studio with Kanye West, have accomplished the same feat (even though the gap between their chart positions is even greater).
The Beach House double album Once Twice Melody came out in four instalments, beginning in November and concluding in February. Since it has been officially released, it is debuting on the various Billboard charts this week. Beach House didn’t even make the top 10 on the Billboard 200; Once Twice Melody reached #12 on that list. But on the Top Album Sales chart, the album is #1, with 20,300 copies sold, Billboard reports. There were 18,200 physical sales, including 14,500 on vinyl — enough to send Beach House to the top of the Vinyl Albums chart for the fifth time. (They also sold 2,900 on CD and 800 on cassette.)
Billboard lists Once Twice Melody at the top of the alternative albums, rock albums, tastemaker albums, and current album sales charts as well. The collaborative Texas Moon album by Khruangbin and Leon Bridges debuts at #2 on the Top Album Sales chart, including 12,900 vinyl copies.