Sour was initially released via streamers and on CD, cassette and digital download on May 21, but did not hit vinyl until Aug. 20. It was issued across six different vinyl LP variants, including a standard black edition and assorted color variants.
With Sour’s 84,000 copies sold across all of its configurations (CD, vinyl, cassette and digital album) in the week ending Aug. 26, the album’s total U.S. sales now stand at 256,000 — making it the No. 2-selling album of 2021. It pushes ahead of Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album, the No. 3-seller, with 255,000 copies sold. Swift’s Evermore remains the year’s top-selling album, with 415,000 sold.
Elsewhere on the latest Top Album Sales chart, TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s The Chaos Chapter: Freeze rebounds 24-2 (43,000; up 1,070%) following its deluxe reissue on Aug. 20 with additional tracks and new physical CD packaging. Lorde’s third full-length studio album Solar Power debuts at No. 3 with 34,000 copies sold (with 27,000 of that sum via vinyl LP). Eilish’s Happier Than Ever falls 1-4 in its fourth week with 17,000 sold (down 20%).
Aaliyah’s 1996 sophomore album One in a Million re-enters Top Album Sales at No. 5 — a new peak — with 13,000 sold following its reissue on Aug. 20 after years out of print. The set originally topped out at No. 18 in 1997.
Sturgill Simpson’s new album The Ballad of Dood & Juanita debuts at No. 6 with 12,000 sold, with the bulk of that figure, 8,000, from digital downloads. (The vinyl LP edition of Dood isn’t due until Nov. 30.) Dood is Simpson’s fifth top 10 on Top Album Sales.
Danny Gokey collects his highest charting album in over a decade on Top Album Sales, as Jesus People bows at No. 7 with 9,000 copies sold. Its his third top 10, and highest charting set since his debut release, My Best Days, debuted and peaked at No. 4 on the March 20, 2010-dated list.
Deafheaven scores its first top 10 on Top Album Sales as the band’s latest release, Infinite Granite, starts at No. 8 with 7,000. The Killers’ Pressure Machine dips 2-9 in its second week with nearly 7,000 sold (down 71%). James McMurtry hits the top 10 for the first time, as The Horses and the Hounds trots in at No. 10 with 6,000 sold.