Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Whitney Houston Returns to the Top 40


Whitney Houston performs at the Wembley Arena in London in 1988

Plus: Queen nets its highest-charting album since 1992.

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift's 1989 spent a third straight week at No. 1, selling another 312,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan. A total of five albums bowed in the top 10, at Nos. 2-6, led by Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways at No. 2.

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Of course, there was lots of chart action outside the top 10. Let's take a closer look:

Whitney Houston, Live: Her Greatest Performances - No. 19 Whitney Houston's first live album debuts at No. 19 on the Billboard 200, giving the singer her 12th top 40 entry.

The new Live: Her Greatest Performances sold 22,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan and bows at No. 1 on R&B Albums and No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (her 12th top 10 on the latter).

The 16 performances on the set span from 1983 to 2009 and are culled mostly from TV specials and awards shows. The album's most recent cut is "I Didn't Know My Own Strength," lifted from Houston's Sept. 15, 2009, appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. (Houston died less than three years later, on Feb. 11, 2012.) The album's earliest track is from her national network TV debut on The Merv Griffin Show in 1983, when a then-19-year-old Houston performed "Home" from The Wiz.

Houston last charted with a new album in 2012, when I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston debuted and peaked at No. 14.

The New Basement Tapes, Lost on the River - No. 23 — The all-star group's album (17,000 sold) consists of recently discovered lyrics written by Bob Dylan in the late 1960s. The act features Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons' Marcus Mumford, among others.

Queen, Forever - No. 38 – The new compilation -- which features a lost duet with Michael Jackson -- is the band's highest-charting album (and first top 40 set) since 1992's Classic Queen peaked at No. 4. Forever debuts with 10,000 sold.

Florida Georgia Line, Here's to the Good Times - No. 76 — The album has yet to fall out of the top 100 since it debuted almost two years ago. And, with 2.1 million sold, it's the eighth-biggest-selling country album by a duo in the SoundScan era (1991-present).

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Christmas Attic - No. 116 — The act has sold a mighty 9.5 million albums -- nearly all from its holiday fare, like The Christmas Attic (1.9 million) and Christmas Eve & Other Stories (3.4 million). They are the Nos. 20 and 9 best-selling Christmas album of the SoundScan era (1991-present).

The Weeknd, Trilogy - No. 140 — Promotion in the iTunes Store, along with the Weeknd's featured turn on Ariana Grande's new hit "Love Me Harder," helps lift Trilogy by 118 percent. It makes its first appearance since the chart dated Oct. 12, 2013.

Taylor Swift, Fearless - No. 180 — Swift's four earlier studio albums — including Fearless — were sale-priced and promoted at multiple retailers in the week ending Nov. 16; they collectively rise by 42 percent in sales.

Andre Rieu and His Johann Strauss Orchestra, Love in Venice - No. 199 — The violinist and conductor charts his third album on the Billboard 200, and his 20th top 10 on the Traditional Classical Albums chart. This new album is Rieu's first to feature his own compositions.


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