With its chart-topping lead single, ‘Lose You to Love Me,’ top 30 hit, ‘Look at Her Now,’ and title track in tow, Selena Gomez took her highly anticipated third album, ‘Rare,’ to chart battle on January 10.
Industry analysts first predicted the Interscope set would shift 105,000-120,000 its first week (as we reported here), a feat that – if accomplished – could mark the highest first week sales of her career. However, the ongoing success of the previous week’s chart champion, Roddy Ricch, not only created quite the tight race for the tally’s summit but also stood to see Gomez blocked from the top spot for the first time in her short music career (as a solo act).
Now, with ‘Rare’s inaugural sales in its rear view, Billboard has officially unveiled the project’s final first week count. Look inside to see just how many units were “sold” and where it lands on this week’s chart list:
Selena Gomez’s ‘Rare’
First Week Sales (SPS): 112,000
First Week Sales (Pure): 53,000
Debut Chart Position: #1
“Notably, unlike many releases, Rare’s bow was not enhanced by album sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer. However, it did get an assist from sales of many merchandise/album bundles sold via Gomez’s official website, as well as a deluxe CD with bonus tracks available only at Target.”
Congratulations to Gomez for scoring her third consecutive Billboard 200 chart-topper as a solo act.
While the numbers above best those of her freshman set, ‘Stars Dance’ (which debuted at #1 when it sold 97,000 its first week in 2013), they pale in comparison to the premiere figures of the Pop star’s sophomore set, ‘Revival‘ (which debuted at #1 when it sold 117,000 its first week in 2015).