Reception and charts

Tuesday 16 August 2011, by Cécile Desbrun

Midwinter Graces debuted at #66 on the Billboard 200 in November 2009 before falling down to #179 in its second week. It disappeared from the charts on its third week due to a change of rules : any album, no matter how long it was released, could now appear on the charts. This change was seemingly made because of the strong sales of Michael Jackson following his death and The Beatles (because of the remastering of their whole catalog) and a lot of albums fell off the Billboard at this moment. The album also ranked at #9 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums, at #16 on the Billboard Top Alternative Albums and at #23 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums. It also ranked at #84 on the US iTunes Store album downloads.

Midwinter Graces didn’t make a lot of waves in Europe overall : it ranked at #40 on the Polish charts, at #97 on the UK charts, at #99 on the Dutch charts and finally at #133 on the French charts.

Extensive sales figures were not made available. We know that the album sold 5,000 copies in the US the first week of its release, and as much on the second (despite its awkward fall in the Billboard 200), but as it disappeared from the charts on its third week, further sales figures are unknown. It is safe to assume that it sold around 20,000 copies in America during the month of its release. Digital downloads figures are completely unknown and we don’t have any numbers for the sales in the rest of the world.

Given its seasonal nature, Midwinter Graces was given a shorter-span attention as promotion and sales don’t really go beyond the Christmas holidays, which explains in part the much poorer sales (during the first month at least) comparing to Abnormally Attracted to Sin. Aside Tori’s fanbase, the more casual listeners were maybe less drawn to the work because of the mere fact it was a seasonal record.