This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the new "Now 49" compilation took over at No. 1, bumping the "Frozen" soundtrack down to No. 2 after four nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. The "Now 49" set marked just the 24th compilation to hit No. 1 on the list, and, of those 24, a full 17 of them were "Now" albums.
Let's take a look at some of movers and shakers on the chart this week:
-- Various Artists, "WOW Gospel 2014" - No. 26 - Only two of the WOW Gospel compilations have gone higher on the chart: the 2006 and 2007 editions, which climbed to Nos. 20 and 21, respectively. The latest set gives the numbered WOW series its 15th straight No. 1 on the Gospel Albums chart as well.
-- Soundtrack, "The LEGO Movie" - No. 48 - Its parent film did awesome at the U.S. and Canada box office in its first weekend, earning $69 million between February 7-9. The album's debut is fueled only by downloads (6,000), as the CD version arrived to market on February 11.
-- Pat Metheny Unity Group, "Kin" - No. 50 - This is Pat Metheny's highest charting album since way back in 1982, when the 20-time Grammy Award winner's Offramp also reached No. 50. He's only been higher once before, with 1979's New Chautauqua (No. 44).
-- Paul Rodgers, "The Royal Sessions" - No. 81 - After charting three albums with Queen between 2005 and 2009, Rodgers returns solo -- and with his highest-charting set yet ever. "The Royal Sessions" opens with 4,000 at No. 81, and also gives him his first No. 1 on Blues Albums. (The album features covers of
-- Tim McGraw, "Love Story" - No. 116 - This love-themed compilation of older material was exclusively available as a physical CD at Walmart, while it was widely available as a digital album. It's McGraw's 20th charting album on Top Country Albums, where it enters at No. 19.
-- The Beatles, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" - No. 132 - Following CBS' airing of the all-star concert "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles" on Feb. 9, the band's catalog gets a lift. This album, for example, is up 38% while the greatest hits album "1" at No. 37 rises by 91%. In total, there are eight albums by the Beatles on the chart this week. Watch for further gains on next week's tally, as CBS repeated the concert on Feb. 12.