Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Weird Al' Has Biggest Comedy Album Since 2011
Also: The 'Now That's What I Call Music!' series collects its 97th charting album, Al Jarreau returns with a No. 1 Contemporary Jazz album, and the 'God's Not Dead' soundtrack makes a heavenly sales gain.
This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack blasted to No. 1, selling 109,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 10, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The week previous, it bowed at No. 3 with 60,000 sold.
Of course, aside from Guardians of the Galaxy there was -- as usual -- lots of chart action. Let's take a closer look at the rest of the chart:
-- "Weird" Al Yankovic, Mandatory Fun - No. 18 - With 167,000 sold, Mandatory Fun has outsold Yankovic's previous release (2011's Alpocalypse, 139,000). The new set is also the biggest-selling comedy album of 2014, and of any year, since 2011 (The Lonely Island's Turtleneck & Chain, with 215,000).
-- Various Artists, Now Party Anthems - No. 20 – Two new Now That's What I Call Music! albums arrive on the chart this week, bringing the franchise's total number of charting albums to 97. The latest efforts albums are Now 51 (No. 2) and Now Party Anthems 2 (No. 20). The bow of Now 51 extends Now That's What I Call Music!'s hot streak in the top 10 (57 Now-branded albums have reached the top 10, including all 51 of the numbered titles).
-- Al Jarreau, My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke – No. 69 - Jarreau's tribute to the late Duke (who died in 2013) arrives at No. 69 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 1 on Contemporary Jazz Albums. It's Jarreau's third chart-topper on the latter list, and his first since 2006's Givin' It Up.
-- Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox - No. 70 – The album's up 40 percent after sale pricing at Amazon MP3 and Google Play ($3.99). Its cumulative sales inch closer to surpassing those of his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2.30 million vs. 2.31 million).
-- Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP - No. 134 - Eminem's album (up 36 percent), along with Nirvana's Nevermind (No. 139; up 44 percent) and Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More (No. 129; up 36 percent) all gain following deep discounting ($1.99) at Amazon MP3 and Google Play.
-- Various Artists, Monstercat018 - No. 146 - The EDM series gets its first chart entry on the Billboard 200, selling 2,000 (its best sales week, too). The series has sold just under 100,000 copies since its debut in 2011, but none of the titles have sold more than 10,000.
-- Soundtrack, God's Not Dead - No. 147 - The movie's release to home video on Aug. 5 encourages the soundtrack's 145 percent gain. Newsboys, who appear in the film, see their own God's Not Dead album zip 168-64 with a 108 percent rise.
-- Billy Joe Shaver, Long in the Tooth - No. 157 - The 74-year old singer/songwriter makes his first appearance on both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums (No. 19) with his new album, thanks in part to coverage on NPR's Morning Edition (Aug. 5).