2 spot on the Billboard 200 a week after the American Girl singer died at age 66. The R&B singer’s remix of Spanish-language hit Mi Gente took the top spot on the digital songs chart, which measures online single sales. 3 with 73,000 in sales, while Cyrus’s change of direction to a more folksy style with Younger debuted in fifth place with some 45,000 units sold. Mi Gente, in which Beyoncé joined forces with Latin singer J.Balvin and Willy William, sold some 79,000 units, and rose 25 places on the charts. Shania Twain’s first studio album in 15 years debuted at the top of the Billboard album charts, while rocker Tom Petty’s death sent his music soaring back onto the U.S. Petty’s Greatest Hits album with his band The Heartbreakers, first released in 1993, sold some 83,000 units to take the No. Canadian country-pop crosssover Twain, 52, released Now after several years away from the studio following a struggle with Lyme disease and a tough divorce. It was also a good week for Beyoncé and fundraising for hurricane and earthquake disasters. Pressing pause: Shania Twain, Kate Bush and other musical comebacks a long time coming
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© Thomson Reuters, 2017 Twain’s album Now sold more than 137,000 copies in its first week, according to data on Monday from Nielsen SoundScan, almost double new releases by pop singers Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus. Beyoncé, whose hometown Houston in Texas was badly hit by Hurricane Harvey in September, said she would donate her proceeds from the song and a new video to relief charities in Puerto Rico, Mexico and Caribbean islands after they were hit with three successive hurricanes, and an earthquake.
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The Billboard 200 chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).