This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Beyonce's self-titled album held firm at No. 1 for a third week, marking the diva's longest-running No. 1 set. While no new albums arrived in the top 10, there was still a lot of movement in the region, as the chart began to stabilize itself after the busy holiday shopping season.
As usual, there were a number of movers and shakers outside the top 10 on the Billboard 200 this week. Let's take a look at some of them…
-- Bastille, "Bad Blood" (No. 39): The album rebounds into the top 40 this week, rising 100-39, with its second-largest sales week (16,000; up 41%). Every year, we see albums that were pushed down the chart during the busy holiday shopping season regain their ground in January. (The consumption of Christmas albums and other seasonal offerings tend to shove more current albums farther down the chart.)
Bastille's set debuted at No. 11 on the Sept. 21-dated chart, but then slid down the tally, hovering between Nos. 40 and 80 through the end of November. Once the Christmas season kicked in, it fell out of the top 100. However, now with the holiday season behind us, things are getting back to normal on the chart, thus, Bastille moves back up the tally.
The group's hit single, "Pompeii," climbs 21-19 on the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart this week, while also hitting the top 20 for the first time on the Hot 100 Airplay chart (22-20 with 45 million in audience; up 3%).
-- Soundtrack, "Inside Llewyn Davis," "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and "American Hustle" (Nos. 48, 123 and 188): Three soundtracks from recently released films make a splash on the Billboard 200 this week. The "Inside Llewyn Davis" album, which features contributions from Justin Timberlake, Marcus Mumford, Chris Thille and Bob Dylan, rises 94-48 with 14,000 (up 19%). "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," heavy on music from Jose Gonzales and his band Junip, debuts at No. 123 with 8,000 (up 696%). The '70s-soaked "American Hustle" soundtrack bows at No. 188 with 5,000 (up 191%).
-- Demi Lovato, "Demi" (No. 69): Her album takes home Pacesetter honors, as its tallies the largest percentage gain on the chart -- up 62% (among non-debuting/re-entering titles). Some of the gain could be owed to her performance on the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, where she sang "Let It Go" (from the film "Frozen"). Her album was also sale priced in the iTunes Store for $7.99.
-- The Beatles, "The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963" (No. 172): The album surpasses 1 million in sales this week, marking the band's third album to reach the million mark. (It sold another 10,000 this week, pushing its cumulative total to 1,007,000.) The effort joins the group's previous million sellers "The Foundation" (3.2 million) and "You Get What You Give" (1.8 million).