An Australian Band Beats Jay-Z & Beyonce to the Top of the Charts

Australian pop band 5 Seconds of Summer stunned Beyoncé and Jay-Z by opening on Sunday at the top of the US album chart, with the couple’s surprise collaboration ending the superstars’ streak of number one debuts.

5 Seconds of Summer had stepped up promotion of their album Youngblood after Jay-Z and Beyoncé dropped Everything Is Love, with the Australians telling fans they were in a close race for number one and encouraging listeners over social media to stream their songs continuously to drive up their totals.

Youngblood wound up selling 142 000 copies or the equivalent in downloads and streams in the week through Thursday, edging out Everything Is Love which clocked up 123 000 copies, tracking service Nielsen Music said.

5 Seconds of Summer

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