| LOS ANGELES, July 30
LOS ANGELES, July 30 Australian pop rock group 5
Seconds of Summer scored one of the year's biggest debuts on the
weekly Billboard 200 chart on Wednesday, cementing its status as
the latest boy band to conquer the United States.
5 Seconds of Summer's debut self-titled album sold 259,000
copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen
SoundScan. It became the third most-streamed album on music
platform Spotify, with more than 4.4 million streams last week
according to the platform.
For 2014, the album's first-week sales trailed only
Coldplay's "Ghost Stories," which debuted with 383,000 copies in
May and Eric Church's "The Outsiders," which opened with 288,000
5 Seconds of Summer, formed by Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood,
Ashton Irwin and Michael Clifford, built a following as an
opening act for British boy band One Direction over the past
year. This year, its popularity grew with the single "She's So
Perfect," which is on the debut album.
Disney's "Frozen" climbed three spots to No. 2 with sales of
37,000 in its 35th week on the chart, while last week's
chart-topper, parody singer "Weird Al" Yankovich's "Mandatory
Fun," dropped to No. 3 this week, selling 33,000 copies.
Only two other new entries made the top 10 of the Billboard
200 chart this week. Rapper Common's "Nobody's Smiling" came in
at No. 6 and metal band Crown the Empire clocked in at No. 7
with "The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways."
For the week ending July 27, overall album sales totaled 4.3
million units, down 9 percent from the comparable week in 2013,
Billboard said. So far this year, album sales have reached 137.8
million, down 15 percent from a year earlier.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Mary Milliken and