This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Jay Z jumped in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Magna Carta Holy Grail," selling 528,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the fourth No. 1 in a row that was a rap title, following J. Cole's "Born Sinner," Wale's "The Gifted" and Kanye West's "Yeezus."

Outside the top 10 on the Billboard 200 there were a number of movers and shakers, as usual. Let's take a look at some of them…

-- Florida Georgia Line, "Here's to the Good Times" (No. 4): The duo reaches a new peak on the chart in its 32nd week as the album rises 5-4. It is the fourth-slowest climb to the top four -- for a country album -- since SoundScan started powering the chart in May 1991. Among country sets, only the soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Are Thou?” (62 weeks), Dixie Chicks' "Wide Open Spaces" (56) and Garth Brooks' "No Fences" (36) have taken longer.

-- Chrisette Michele, "Better" (No. 27): A performance on the July 11 edition of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" helps push a 33% gain for the album, as it jumps 52-27. It sold 9,000 this past week and tallies its first weekly sales increase since debuting five weeks ago. It increased by 30% at chains, 27% at indie stores, 8% at mass merchants and 122% at digital.

-- The New Broadway Cast Recording, "Pippin" (No. 70): Following the CD release of the album on July 9, the album nets its largest sales week yet (5,000; up 676%). In turn, it re-enters at No. 70. Over on the Top Cast Albums chart, it jumps back to No. 1 for a second week, having spent its first five weeks on the chart as a digital-only title. It debuted at No. 1 on June 22.

-- Ellie Goulding, "Halcyon" (No. 55): The album grabs its third straight weekly sales increase (jumping 125-55), rising by 75% to 6,000 units -- its best frame since the week ending Jan. 13 (7,000). The album's "I Need Your Love," also featured on Calvin Harris’ “18 Months” (re-entry at No. 189, up 80%), continues to grow at radio, rising 15-14 on Hot 100 Airplay.

-- Alexis Spight, "L.O.L." (No. 83): Venue sales generated at the Church of God in Christ AIM Convention in Baltimore earlier this month spur a 1,299% gain for the album and its best sales week yet: 4,000. In turn, it re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 83, and it reaches No. 1 on Gospel Albums for the first time, zipping 28-1 in its 18th chart week.

-- Gregory Alan Isakov, "The Weatherman" (No. 102): The singer/songwriter starts at No. 102 on the Billboard 200 also takes a bow at No. 5 on Folk Albums, moving a bit under 4,000 copies. This is the Colorado native's third full-length release and easily claims his best sales week ever. Until this week, he had never sold more than 1,000 copies of a single title in a week.

-- John Mayer, "Born and Raised" (No. 153): Residual buzz generated from the singer's "Today Show" performance on July 5 continues to benefit the set, as it climbs with a 14% gain and returns to the chart. Also helping matters is the launch of his tour on July 6, and the start of the promotion campaign for his upcoming studio album.

 

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