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.

Taylor Swift holds the Billboard 200 chart top spot for a second week with her album 'Evermore', as the set earned 169,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 24, as Billboard reports. Swift's sales were aided by the arrival of the album on CD on Dec. 18. Paul McCartney’s new 'McCartney III' debuts at No. 2 with 107,000 equivalent album units, with 32,000 copies sold on vinyl, the third-largest sales week for a vinyl album (only Jack White and Pearl Jam had stronger vinyl weeks years ago).

Taylor Swift notches her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this year with her surprise release 'Evermore', which earned 329,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 17, Billboard reports. It's her eight No. 1 album in general, and a companion set to her earlier surprise No. 1 album, 'Folklore', which bowed atop the Billboard 200 in August. Also, Swift set a new UK chart record among female artists, with the singer achieving her six UK number one albums in a record eight years. She has beaten previous record-holder Madonna, who racked up six UK number one albums over 11 years, UK's Official Charts reports.

This Christmas I gave you my half
December 14, 2020

Half of Billboard's Top 10 - festive albums

Michael Buble

Half of the titles among the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart are Christmas albums for the first time since 2013, Billboard reports. It's Michael Bublé’s 'Christmas', Carrie Underwood’s 'My Gift', Nat King Cole’s 'The Christmas Song', Pentatonix’s 'The Best of Pentatonix Christmas', and Mariah Carey’s 'Merry Christmas'. The top spot of the week is taken by Shawn Mendes and his 'Wonder' with 89,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 10.

K-pop boys BTS have debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart with their newest release 'Be', after earning 242,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. last week, Billboard reports. BTS is now the first group to land two different albums at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2020, and the second artist overall - following American rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again. 'Be' is also BTS’ fifth album to enter the chart at No. 1.

AC/DC are back at the top of Billboard of 200 with their latest album 'Power Up' starting with 117,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Nov. 19, Billboard reports. Physical album sales comprise the majority, 111,000 album units, of all sales. AC/DC also had the largest sales week of 2020 for a rock album. Other news from the top of Billboard 200 charts - Future and Lil Uzi Vert’s collab album 'Pluto x Baby Pluto' and Chris Stapleton’s 'Starting Over' bow at Nos. 2 and 3, Queen's 'Greatest Hits' reaches the top 10 for the first time and YoungBoy Never Broke Again logs his fourth top 10 of 2020 with 'Until I Return'.

Late rapper King Von’s latest album 'Welcome to O’Block' surges to the No. 5 spot in its second chart week at Billboard 200, following the rapper’s death on Nov. 6 in a shoot-out at his album release party in Atlanta. 26-year-old's debut album earned 44,000 equivalent album units in the week. Ariana Grande holds on to the No. 1 spot with her 'Positions' earning 82,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Nov. 12 (down 53%).

Ariana Grande has climbed the Billboard 200 chart for the fifth time with her latest release 'Positions', with 174,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Nov. 5. 'Positions' is Grande’s third No. 1 album in less than two years and three months -- the fastest accumulation of three No. 1 proper studio albums ever by a woman. Grande has also done the chart double in the U.K., where 'Positions' and its title track rule the charts. Grande has also done the chart double in the U.K., where 'Positions' and its title track rule the charts, UK Official Charts reports.

The latest Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band album, 'Letter To You' debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart for this week, making Springsteen the first act with a new Top 5-charting album in the United Sates in each of the last six decades, from the '70s to the '20s, Billboard reports. Luke Combs has also set a record this week - his 'What You See Is What You Get' comes back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, following its deluxe reissue on Oct. 23, with a streaming total of 102.26 million weekly streams, setting a new weekly streaming record for a country album.

Republic Records claims the top three titles on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, a first in two years, Billboard says. Taylor Swift’s 'Folklore' (released via Republic) climbs back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for an eighth non-consecutive week on top, with 77,000 equivalent album units. Total album sales for 'Folklore' jump past 1 million (to 1.038 million), making it the first album to sell a million copies in 2020, according to Billboard. Pop Smoke’s 'Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon' (via Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic) falls one spot with 66,000 equivalent album units earned. 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s 'Savage Mode II' (Boominati/Slaughter Boomin/Republic/Epic) dips 2-3 with 47,000 units (down 29%).

Fleetwood Mac‘s seminal 1977 album ‘Rumours’ has re-entered the top 10 of the Billboard 200 after 42 years thanks to a recent surge in popularity, due to viral video on TikTok, Billboard reports. The album jumped from #13 to #7 this week, following its newfound popularity after TikToker 420doggface208 posted his viral video of him longboarding while listening to ‘Dreams’, one of the songs from the album. ‘Rumours’ had originally spent a staggering 31 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 across 1977 and 1978, which remains a record for an album by a duo or a band. The top of the Billboard 200 this week is reserved for Pop Smoke’s 'Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon' who returns to No. 1 for a second week with 67,000 equivalent album units earned. For the first time in over two months, there are no debuts in the top 10.

Rapper 21 Savage and producer Metro Boomin land on top of the Billboard 200 chart with their third collaborative album, 'Savage Mode II', earning 171,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. last week, Billboard reports. K-pop girl quartet Blackpink enter Billboard's list at No. 2 with their debut full-length 'The Album', with 110,000 equivalent album units earned. On the other side of the ocean, Queen + Adam Lambert debut at Number 1 on the UK’s Official Albums Chart with a live collection 'Live Around The World'. It's Queen's first No. 1 album in 25 years. Blackpink are No. 2 in the UK as well.

Machine Gun Kelly has landed his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with 'Tickets To My Downfall', which earned 126,000 equivalent album units, Billboard reports. The album was mostly written and produced by Travis Barker of Blink-182 and has been described as “pop-punk”. It also marks the first rock set to hit the top of the chart in over a year; the last was Tool’s 'Fear Inoculum'. K-pop group SuperM debuted at No. 2 with 'Super One: The First Album', Joji came in at No. 3 with 'Nectar', Pop Smoke’s 'Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon' fell from No. 2 to No. 4 and Deftones rounded out the top five with 'Ohms'.

Taylor Swift’s 'Folklore' returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, collecting a seventh nonconsecutive week atop the tally with that album, Billboard reports. Swift’s total weeks at Billboard's No. 1 now stands at 47 across all seven of her chart-topping albums, so she surpasses Whitney Houston’s longstanding record, among women, for the most cumulative weeks at No. 1 - Houston’s tally stays at 46. The all-time record with the most weeks at No. 1 is held by The Beatles, with 132 weeks at No. 1 across 19 albums. The male act (and solo artist) with the most weeks atop the list is Elvis Presley, with 67.

Big Boy certainly never broke again
September 21, 2020

NBA YoungBoy scores third No. 1 Billboard 200 album in a year

YoungBoy Never Broke Again landed on top of Billboard 200 with his new album 'Top', which garnered a total of 126,000 equivalent album units, Billboard reports. It's his third album in 11 months to reach the top of Billboard - '38 Baby 2' was the most selling album in the US in May 2020 and 'AI YoungBoy 2' in October 2019. Another new release in the Top 10 this week - Marilyn Manson scores its 10th top 10 album as 'We Are Chaos' bows at No. 8 with 31,000 equivalent album units earned.

Taylor Swift set a few records this week with her album 'Folklore': it collects its sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the album with the most weeks atop the list in nearly four years; Swift also ties Whitney Houston for the most cumulative weeks at No. 1 among women - Swift’s cumulative weeks at No. 1, across all of her seven chart-topping albums, now rises to 46, which is as much as Houston (the all-time leader is The Beatles, with 132 weeks at No. 1), Billboard reports.

Taylor Swift spends a fifth straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with her pop-folk 'Folklore', becoming the first to rule for five weeks in a row at No. 1 since 2018 and Drake’s 'Scorpion', Billboard reports. Lil Baby had five nonconsecutive No 1 weeks on Billboard 200 this year with 'My Turn'. Nas and The Killers enter the top 10 as well - NYC rapper's 'King's Disease' bows at No. 5 with 47,000 equivalent album units earned, and Las Vegas stadium rockers land and No 8 with 37,000 in album sales of 'Imploding the Mirage'.

Taylor Swift's eighth studio album, 'Folklore', spent a fourth consecutive week topping the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, marking the first time a woman's album had spent its first four weeks at No. 1 in nearly five years since Adele's third studio album '25', Billboard reports. 'Folklore' earned 101,000 equivalent album units in its fourth week. Rapper Young Dolph drops in Top 5 as 'Rich' Slave starts at No. 4 with 65,000 equivalent album units earned.

Taylor Swift holds the top spot of Billboard's 200 for a third consecutive week with her pop-folk album 'Folklore - aided by the arrival of its CD version in stores, 'Folklore' earned 136,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. last week, Billboard reports. It's the first album by a woman to spend its first three weeks at No. 1 since 2018, when Lady Gaga reigned the top with 'A Star is Born' soundtrack. Three new albums among the top 10 at the Billboard: country superstar Luke Bryan debuts at No. 5 with 65,000 equivalent album units earned with 'Born Here Live Here Die Here'. Alter-rock band Glass Animals achieves its first top 10 album as 'Dreamland' arrives at No. 7 with 60,000 equivalent album units earned. Rapper NLE Choppa closes out the top 10 as his 'Top Shotta' bows at No. 10 with 36,000 equivalent album units earned.

Taylor Swift's lockdown album 'Folklore' reached the No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with 846,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the last week, the biggest week for any album since Swift’s last release, 2019’s 'Lover'. 'Folklore' earns Swift her seventh No. 1 album. At No. 2, Logic’s 'No Pressure' launches with 221,000 equivalent album units earned. The Kid LAROI makes his Billboard 200 debut with 'F*ck Love' at No. 8, which launches with 40,000 equivalent album units earned. The album is the 16-year-old rapper’s first full-length mixtape; it includes a guest turn from LAROI’s mentor, the late Juice WRLD.

The late Juice WRLD is opening this week’s Billboard 200 at No. 1 as 'Legends Never Die' debuts with a total of 497,000 equivalent album units, capturing the largest week of 2020 for any album. The set also registers the largest streaming week of 2020 with 238,000 streaming equivalent album units - equating to 422.63 million on-demand streams for the album tracks. 209,000 are in album sales and 3,000 are in track equivalent album units. It’s Juice WRLD’s first release since his death on Dec. 8, 2019.

Pop Smoke hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for his debut album, 'Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon', which moved an impressive 251,000 equivalent album units. Of that total, 59,000 came from traditional albums sales, Billboard reports. This marks the first No. 1 posthumous album since XXXTentacion's 'Skins' album debuted at No. 1 in 2018. The debut album comes five months after the rapper was killed. The 19-track album was completed by 50 Cent. Also on the Billboard 200, the original Broadway cast recording of 'Hamilton: An American Musical' vaults from No. 14 to No. 2 after it earned 102,000 equivalent album units last week. The last cast recording to reach the top two on the chart was the original cast album of 'Hair', which spent 13 weeks at No. 1 in 1969, according to Billboard.

Lil Baby is opening this week’s Billboard 200 at No. 1 for a fifth non-consecutive week, which makes his 'My Turn' the longest-charting album of 2020 so far, Billboard reports. The project earned a total of 70,000 equivalent album units this week to retain its spot for the fourth straight week.

Lil Baby's 'My Turn' sits in the top spot of the Billboard 200 for the fourth week of 2020, with 70,000 in sales, Billboard reports. In the runner-up spot is Bob Dylan's 'Rough and Rowdy Ways', which scored him the highest spot that he's gotten to in more than a decade; it sold in 53,000 equivalent albums, most of which came from traditional album sales. Dylan has now become the first artist with a US Top 40 album in every decade since the 1960s. Teyana Taylor achieves her first top 10 album, as 'The Album' bows at No. 8 with 32,000 equivalent album units earned.

Lil Baby’s 'My Turn' spends a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with 72,000 equivalent album units earned last week - just under 71,000 are SEA units (equating to 110 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), while TEA units and album sales total a little less than 1,000 each. According to Billboard, a slight increase in sales (12%) was thanks in part to buzz generated by the release of Lil Baby’s new non-album single 'The Bigger Picture' - the track is not on album, but the set likely found increased streams and sales thanks to it.