The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States, moving more than 195,000 units. It also debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and the Canadian Albums Chart.
The album's release was preceded by the Platinum top 10 lead single "Centuries", released September 9, 2014 while the album was still being completed. The album's title track was released as the second single in the UK on December 15, 2014, receiving a radio premiere a month before on November 24, 2014. American Beauty/American Psycho debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 album chart, selling 218,000 equivalent copies in its first week alone and becoming the band's third No. 1 album.
In support of the record, Fall Out Boy played Soundwave in Australia and are scheduled for a UK tour and a co-headlining U.S. tour, The Boys of Zummer.
Swift began preparing for the album during the same year that Red was released, and, during a significant amount of media scrutiny. Over the course of the two-year songwriting period, she primarily collaborated with producers Max Martin and Shellback—Martin served as the album's executive producer alongside Swift. The album's title was inspired by the pop-music scene of Swift's birth year, and its musical content represents a stylistic departure from the country pop of her previous albums.
In contrast to Swift's previous work, the production of 1989 consists of drum programming, synthesizers, pulsating bass, processed backing vocals, and guitars.
The album received positive reviews from music critics. It was an international success in its first week on sale, charting at number one in twelve countries, topping both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200, and reaching the top 5 in eleven other countries. Three singles were released from the album, "Sing", "Don't" and "Thinking Out Loud". "Sing" was a major international success and became Sheeran's first UK number-one single and his second US Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit. The second single off the album, "Don't", was also a worldwide success, peaking at number 8 in the UK, and being Sheeran's first ever Hot 100 top 10, peaking at number 9. "Thinking Out Loud" was a slow burner hit, becoming Sheeran's second UK number-one single after 19 weeks in the chart. It also became his highest charting US single to date, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
Upon its release, In the Lonely Hour received generally positive reviews from music critics, who highly praised Smith's vocal ability but criticised the music for being too conventional. The album was a commercial success worldwide, peaking at number one in Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and number two in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway and the United States.
The album was a commercial and critical success, reaching number 1 on the Billboard 200. This marks Avenged Sevenfold's second album to top the Billboard chart as well as their first to reach number 1 in the UK, topping the UK Albums Chart. It also topped the Canadian, Brazilian, Finnish and Irish album charts. Also, the album spawned two number 1 singles on Billboard's Mainstream Rock, Hail to the King, and Shepherd of Fire. The former spent 11 weeks on the top of the chart. On July 16, 2014 the album was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 copies.
It is the band's first studio album since We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, released in 2007, marking the longest gap between studio albums in their career. Modest Mouse actually recorded two albums worth of material in their sessions, though the second album still has several songs incomplete.
The album's cover features an aerial image of Venture Out RV Resort, located in Mesa, Arizona.
Music critics commended The Pinkprint for its overall production and cohesiveness. It was recognized as Minaj's strongest project to date, and was ranked as one of the best albums of 2014 by several publications. It debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 244,000 copies. In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number 22 on the UK Albums Chart.
The Pinkprint has been supported by the singles "Pills n Potions", "Anaconda", "Only", "Bed of Lies" and "Truffle Butter". Promotional efforts for the record continued to associate Minaj with an increasingly understated image in regards to dress and demeanor, an effort she had begun earlier in 2014.
The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 238,000 units sold. It also peaked at number one in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Title was the highest selling debut for a female artist's first full-length album in the US since Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream, and Epic Records' first number one album since Sara Bareilles' Kaleidoscope Heart.
The most successful single was the third single "Counting Stars", which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their highest-charting hit since "Apologize" also peaked there in 2007. It has also become their biggest hit in the United Kingdom—it topped the charts there for two non-consecutive weeks—and has charted within the top ten in nine countries, including top five placements in Australia, Germany, Ireland and New Zealand. The album's fourth single, "Something I Need", has since been certified Platinum in Australia and Gold in New Zealand, peaking in the top 5 in both countries.
The album has sold 30 million copies worldwide.
The lead single, "Dragula", was released in August 1998, which entered the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. A remix of the song was used in the action film The Matrix. The second single, "Living Dead Girl", became Zombie's second Top 10 on the "Mainstream Rock" chart, and was featured in numerous horror films following its release. "Superbeast", the album's last single, was released in 1999. The song has, like the previous singles, been featured in numerous films since its release.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is a neo soul album that incorporates styles such as R&B, hip hop, soul, and reggae. Its lyrics touch upon Hill's pregnancy at the time and the turmoil in her former group the Fugees, along with themes of love and God. The album's title was inspired by the film and autobiographical novel The Education of Sonny Carson, and Carter G. Woodson's The Mis-Education of the Negro.
Upon its release, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill received rave reviews from music critics who frequently complimented it for Hill's honest presentation of a female's view on life and love.
It continues to be one of the most popular 'best of' packages, at times selling close to 500,000 copies globally per year. The album has been reissued several times and was digitally remastered for compact disc by Legacy Recordings, issued on August 1, 2006, with a bonus track. In Japan, the album has been reissued as Open Arms: Greatest Hits with the song "Open Arms" appearing as the first song on the album. A second Journey compilation album, Greatest Hits 2, was released in 2011.