Evermore’s second week was aided by the arrival of the album on CD on Dec. 18. The set was only available to purchase as a digital download in its first week of release. Cassette and vinyl LP configurations are due in 2021.
Evermore is the companion set to her earlier No. 1 album Folklore, which bowed atop the Aug. 8-dated Billboard 200. Folklore descends 3-8 on the new Billboard 200 with 53,000 equivalent album units (down 61%). Both albums were released with little advance notice.
Paul McCartney’s McCartney III debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 105,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 102,000 are in album sales – which also makes it the top-selling album of the week, as it debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart. SEA units comprise 3,000 units (equating to 4.12 million on-demand streams of the album’s tracks), and TEA units comprise a negligible number.
McCartney III’s robust sales were aided by its availability across many CD and vinyl LP editions, including versions with alternative cover art or colored vinyl. The album was issued in more than 10 vinyl variants which combined to sell 32,000 copies – the third-largest sales week for a vinyl album since Nielsen Music/MRC Data began electronically tracking music sales in 1991. Only the debut weeks of Jack White’s Lazaretto (40,000) and Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy (34,000) were larger. McCartney III naturally also premieres at No. 1 on the weekly Vinyl Albums chart, which ranks the top selling vinyl LPs of the week. All told, McCartney III is McCartney’s 21st top 10 album on the Billboard 200. That tally includes his solo recordings and his albums with Wings.
Notably, McCartney is the first act to have a new album reach the top two in each of the last six decades. He reached the top two eight times in the 1970s and once each in the ’80s, ’90s, 2000s, ’10s and ’20s. (McCartney is additionally just the third act with new top 10 albums in the last six decades, alongside Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor. McCartney and Springsteen are the only acts with new top five-charting albums in the last six decades as well.)