Summer Walker beats Abba's debut album in decades to No.1

When Abba, whose classic songs like “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance on Me” are the epitome of Europop ear candy, announcement in Sep...


When Abba, whose classic songs like “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance on Me” are the epitome of Europop ear candy, announcement in September that he would return this fall with his first studio album in 40 years, it was speculated that the new release would be an immediate blockbuster.

The album, “Voyage”, was released on November 5, and it indeed reached higher on the Billboard charts than any previous release from Abba – but it didn’t quite make it to number. 1.

“Voyage” opens at No. 2 with solid album sales but low streaming numbers, edged out by the latest from Summer Walker, a 25-year-old R&B singer from Atlanta.

Walker’s “Still Over It” becomes his No. 1 debut album, with the equivalent of 166,000 US sales, according to MRC Data, the tracking arm of Billboard. Fans primarily consumed “Still Over It”, Walker’s second album, on streaming services. It had 201 million clicks online and sold 12,000 copies as a complete package.

Abba’s “Voyage” made the equivalent of 82,000 sales; of these, 78,000 were awarded to copies sold as a complete package, including 42,000 CDs and 17,500 vinyl records. (It was available in eight vinyl layouts, including two picture discs and five color variations, in addition to the standard black.) The songs on “Voyage” have been played 4.9 million times – about as many clicks. that Walker got in four hours on his debut. the week.

“Voyage” is also the title of Abba’s virtual comeback concert, in which the computer-generated “Abbatars” of its four members will perform with a live band in a custom-built venue in London, from May.

“What interested us was the idea that we could send them while we can be at home cooking or walking the dog,” Benny Andersson, one of the group members, told the New York. Times in a statement. recent interview.

Despite the enduring popularity of Abba’s singles, her original albums were only moderate hits in the United States. According to Billboard, the band’s most popular track before “Voyage” was “Abba: The Album,” which rose to No. 14 in 1978. (Two Abba-related soundtracks did better: “Mamma Mia!” went to No. # 1 in 2008, and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!” Landed at # 3 a decade later.)

Ed Sheeran’s “=” the best seller of the last week, drops to # 4, while Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” is # 3 and Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” is # 5.

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