Taylor Swift returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with her remade album 'Fearless (Taylor’s Version)', for a second non-consecutive week atop the list with the album, Billboard reports. Swift's version of 'Fearless' surges from No. 157 to No. 1 with 152,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in last week. The set vaults back to No. 1 after the Oct. 1 release of a signed CD available only in Swift’s webstore and its vinyl LP. The album debuted at No. 1 in April.

Certified record boy
September 13, 2021

Drake has the biggest week for an album in over a year

Drake’s new album 'Certified Lover Boy' starts with 613,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Sept. 9, the biggest week for an album since August last year when Taylor Swift’s 'Folklore' launched at No. 1 with 846,000 units, Billboard reports.

Kanye West’s 'Donda' has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the biggest week for any album released this year with 309,000 equivalent album units, Billboard reports. With 'Donda', Kanye West has once again tied Eminem for the record of most No. 1 debuts in a row on the albums chart, too. Eminem broke the tie in early 2020 with 'Music to Be Murdered By'. West has become one of only seven artists in chart history to release 10 chart-topping albums, alongside the Beatles, JAY-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Eminem, and Elvis Presley.

Olivia Rodrigo returns to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart for a fifth week with her debut album 'Sour', following its vinyl LP release on Aug. 20 (the album originally came out in May). In the week ending Aug. 26, 'Sour' earned 133,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. (up 133%). Of that sum, album sales comprise 84,000 (up 1,201%), with vinyl LP sales equaling 76,000 of that figure - the second-largest sales week for a vinyl album since MRC Data began electronically tracking sales in 1991. The only larger week was by Taylor Swift’s 'Evermore', when it sold 102,000 on vinyl in the week ending June 3, Billboard reports.

George Harrison has returned to the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart for the first time since 1971, following the launch of a new reissue of his former No. 1 album 'All Things Must Pass', Billboard reports. The album, now at No. 7 on Billboard, was newly mixed and reissued in a variety of formats. At the top Billboard spot for the second week in a row, it's Billie Eilish’s 'Happier Than Ever', as the set earns 85,000 equivalent album units in the U.S.

Billie Eilish's new album 'Happier Than Ever' has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Of the 238,000 equivalent units sold, 73,000 of them were vinyl records, the second-most vinyl records sold in an album's first week since 1991. The benchmark is currently held by Taylor Swift's 2021 album 'Evermore', which sold 102,000 vinyls in its first seven days, Billboard reports.

The Kid LAROI has become the first Australian rapper to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his 'F*ck Love' album, over a year after it was originally released, Billboard reports. 'F**k Love' surges from No. 26 to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for its first week atop the list, following multiple reissues that added additional tracks to the project. The set earned 85,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending July 29. At 17 years old, he’s also the youngest artist to top the chart this decade.

Pop Smoke has two albums to his name, both of which were released posthumously, and both of which have reached the No. 1 on Billboard 200 albums chart, according to Billboard. 'Faith' debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week starting with 88,000 equivalent album units earned. 'Faith' features more than 20 guest stars, including Chris Brown, Future, Dua Lipa and Kanye West. Pop Smoke previously topped the Billboard 200 with his debut album 'Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon' last July. Pop Smoke was killed on Feb. 19, 2020, at age 20, after being shot during a home-invasion robbery in Los Angeles.

Olivia Rodrigo’s 'Sour' earned 83,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending July 16, notching the fourth total week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. 'Sour' is the first debut album by a woman to spend four weeks at No. 1 since Susan Boyle’s 'I Dreamed a Dream' spent six weeks in 2009/2010, Billboard reports. Speaking of records, Inhaler’s 'It Won’t Always Be Like This' opens at the top of the Official U.K. Albums Chart, with 18,000 chart sales, and the fastest-selling debut album on vinyl of any band this century.

The winners take it al, again
July 05, 2021

ABBA 'Gold' is the first album with 1,000 weeks on U.K. chart

ABBA's greatest hits album 'Gold' reached a landmark 1000 weeks on the Official Albums Chart Top 100, the first album to do so in UK chart history. ABBA's 'Gold' was released in September 1992, debuting at Number 1, and has gone on to be the UK's second best-selling album of all time -behind Queen's 'Greatest Hits' - with pure sales of 5.61 million, according to Official Charts Company data.

After reaching the top 10 on Billboard 200 chart three times, Polo G lands his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week as 'Hall of Fame' opens atop the tally, earning 143,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 17, Billboard reports. Migos’ 'Culture III' starts at No. 2, TWICE’s 'Taste of Love' debuts at No. 6, Bo Burnham’s 'Inside (The Songs)' jumps 116-7 after its first full tracking week of activity, and Maroon 5’s 'Jordi' bows at No. 8.

J. Cole debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart with his newest album 'The Off-Season', with an impressive 282,000 equivalent album units, Billboard reports. Cole’s record is the largest rap album of the year with his new release more than doubling the first week of Rod Wave’s 'SoulFly' album, as well as the second-biggest […]

DJ Khaled nabbed his third No. 1 album on Billboard 200 chart this week, Billboard reports. Rappers and producer's 12th studio album, 'Khaled Khaled', recorded 93,000 equivalent album sales during its first week out, including 76,000 in SEA units (equaling 106.87 million on-demand streams of the album’s tracks), 14,000 in album sales. and 3,000 in TEA units.

Moneybagg Yo’s album 'A Gangsta’s Pain' has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with 110,000 equivalent album units, Billboard reports. They mostly derived from streaming - 106,000 were earned from SEA units, while 4,000 came from album sales, and less than 1,000 from TEA units. 'A Gangsta’s Pain' marks Moneybagg’s 11th time charting, with this album being his fifth top 10 charting set.

The old man and the record
May 02, 2021

Tom Jones becomes the oldest man to top UK album chart

Sir Tom Jones' new album 'Surrounded By Time' has debuted at the top of the UK album chart, making him the oldest man at the chart's top ever. Previously, the title has been held by Bob Dylan, who topped the chart last June aged 79 with 'Rough and Rowdy Ways'. The late Dame Vera Lynn holds the overall record after her 2009 greatest hits collection went to number one when she was 92. 'Surrounded By Time' finds Jones re-interpreting some old favourites, including Terry Callier's 'Lazarus Man'.

Young Thug's star-studded 'Slime Language 2' debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, earning 113,000 equivalent album units last week. The 23-track features Young Stoner Life’s artists Gunna, Yak Gotti, Lil Duke, T-Shyne and Lil Keed, as well as acts from outside the camp, including Drake, Lil Uzi Vert, Big Sean, NAV and Future. Young Thug himself performs on more than half of the album (13 of the 23 tracks), and, in turn, the set is billed on the chart to Young Thug & Various Artists, Billboard reports.

Rod Wave has reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart with his new album 'SoulFly', which opens with 130,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending April 1, Billboard reports. It's his first No.1, while the album also notches the biggest week for an R&B/hip-hop album in 2021 in terms of units earned. SEA units of 'SoulFLy' comprise 126,000 (equaling 189 million on-demand streams), album sales comprise 4,000 and TEA units comprise less than 1,000.

Justin Bieber's newest release 'Justice' debuts on top of Billboard 200 chart with 154,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending March 25, Billboard reports. It's his eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart - all 10 of Bieber’s charting albums have reached the top 10, and he’s only missed the top slot twice. Bieber this week also stops the chart-topping domination of Morgan Wallen’s 'Dangerous: The Double Album', which spent 10 consecutive weeks in a row (it's at No. 3 this week). Lana Del Rey’s 'Chemtrails Over the Country Club' debuts at No. 2 with 75,000 equivalent album units earned.

Morgan Wallen spends his tenth consecutive week on top of Billboard 200 chart with his latest release 'Dangerous: The Double Album', Billboard reports. It is the first album to spend its first 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since 1987 and Whitney Houston’s 'Whitney' album. 'Dangerous' earned 69,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending March 11, a slight deep of 11% from the previous week.

Morgan Wallen spends a ninth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 'Dangerous: The Double Album', which is most weeks at No. 1 for any album since Drake scored 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 in 2016 with 'Views'. 'Dangerous' is also one of four country albums ever to spend at least nine weeks in the lead. Billboard reports. 'Dangerous' earned 78,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending March 11, down a meager 6% from the previous week.

While Americans mostly listen to a new generation of hip-hop, country, and pop acts, the Brits prefer both classic and modern rock bands, the US and the UK official charts show, Loudwire reports. Zero rock albums have topped the US chart in the U.S. in 2021 so far, and the last year it was only AC/DC and Machine Gun Kelly who occupied the No. 1 spot. Furthermore, rock has claimed the No. 1 spot just four times - by AC/DC, MGK, Tool, Slipknot - in the last two-and-half years. On the other side of the Atlantic, five rock albums - by You Me at Six, Bring Me the Horizon, Foo Fighters, Mogwai, and Architects - have topped the U.K. Albums Chart in 2021 alone. In 2020, a total of 15 rock artists held the top spot on the U.K. Albums Chart, including Green Day, Bruce Springsteen, Biffy Clyro, Yungblud, the 1975, and Paul McCartney.

Morgan Wallen’s 'Dangerous: The Double Album' holds on to the top of Billboard 200 chart for an eighth consecutive week, amidst the racial slur scandal. 'Dangerous' earned 82,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending March 4, which is a slight dip of 7% compared to the previous week, Billboard reports. 'Dangerous' now ties Taylor Swift’s 2020 album 'Folklore' for the second-most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the last five years -- among albums of all genres.

Morgan Wallen makes Billboard history with his latest release 'Dangerous: The Double Album' as the only country album to spend its first seven weeks at No. 1 in the 64-year history of the Billboard 200. Previously, Garth Brooks held the top of Billboard 200 for six weeks in 1992 with 'The Chase'. 'Dangerous' earned 89,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Feb. 25 (down 5%), Billboard reports.

Morgan Wallen stays on top of the Billboard 200 chart for the sixth week in a row, amidst his racial slur scandal which got him canceled from the radio, Billboard reports. 'Dangerous: The Double Album' sold 93,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Feb. 18, down 38% from the previous week. Wallen captures the most weeks atop the list for a male artist’s album since Drake’s 'Views' in 2016, and the most for a male country artist since Garth Brooks' 'TheHits' in 1995.

Republic Records had taken the top four spots on Billboard 200 this week, the first time in 24 years, Billboard reports. Morgan Wallen’s 'Dangerous: The Double Album' (released via Big Loud/Republic) is No. 1 for a third week, Pop Smoke’s 'Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon' (Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic) is steady at No. 2, Taylor Swift’s 'Evermore' (Republic) rises 4-3 and The Weeknd’s 'After Hours' (XO/Republic) climbs 8-4. The last time a label held the top four spots was in December 1996 when Bush, Snoop Dogg, No Doubt and 2Pac ruled the world.

Morgan Wallen’s 'Dangerous: The Double Album' spends a second week in a row at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, earning 159,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 21, Billboard reports. 'Dangerous' might be the album to mark a shift in the way country-music lovers consume music - the big majority of its sales comes from SEA units, 133,000, equaling 177.11 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs. Album sales - where traditionally the majority of country music sales comes - comprise 22,000 and TEA units comprise 4,000. 'Dangerous' is the first country album to spend two weeks in a row at No. 1 since Chris Stapleton’s 'Traveller' in 2015.

Plenty of country for new men
January 18, 2021

Morgan Wallen breaks country streaming record, tops Billboard 200

Morgan Wallen’s 'Dangerous: The Double Album' debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the largest streaming week ever for a country album, Billboard reports. The 30-song album starts with 265,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 14, including 240.18 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs, the largest streaming week ever for a country album. Jazmine Sullivan hits a career-high on the Billboard 200 as 'Heaux Tales' bows at No. 4 with 43,000 equivalent album units earned.

Taylor Swift jumps back to Top of Billboard 200 chart with 'Evermore' earning 56,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 7, Billboard reports. It's the third week in the lead for 'Evermore', and 51st week on top of Billboard for Swift across all eight of her chart-topping albums. That ties Michael Jackson for the fourth-most weeks at No. 1 in the chart’s 65-year history, only behind The Beatles (a record 132 weeks), Elvis Presley (67), and Garth Brooks (52).

Playboi Carti's Christmas Day release 'Whole Lotta Red' grabs No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the first top spot for the rapper, Billboard reports. Playboi Carti's second studio album starts with 100,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 31.

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