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Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Batman vs. Superman ... Which Superhero Has Notched More Hit Albums?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Soundtrack album by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL, 2016
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Soundtrack album by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL, 2016

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated April 9), Gwen Stefani got her first No. 1 album as This Is What the Truth Feels Like entered atop the list. The set, which was released through Interscope Records on March 18, earned 84,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 24, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 76,000 were in traditional album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Elsewhere in the top 10, Jordan Smith, the latest winner of NBC’s The Voice, bowed at No. 2 with his first album, Something Beautiful. Fox TV’s soundtrack to its live special The Passion started at No. 8, and Kane Brown’s first album for a label, Chapter I, started at No. 9. (Brown previously issued a self-released EP, Closer.)

Let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the chart:

Adele, 25 – No. 4 – Adele’s 25 has yet to depart the weekly top four of the chart in its 18 weeks on the list. On the latest chart, it dips 2-4, leaving the top three for the first time, earning 51,000 units (up less than 1 percent) and another 42,000 in album sales (up 4 percent). The set’s total sales just crossed the 8.5 million mark with its latest weekly haul, bringing its total to 8.53 million.

Iggy Pop, Post Pop Depression – No. 17 – The iconic rocker scores his highest charting album ever on the Billboard 200 (and first top 40 set), as Post Pop Depression enters at No. 17 (19,000 units; 18,000 sales). The new set was produced by Josh Homme, and also enters at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums, Tastemaker Albums and Vinyl Albums. As a solo artist, Pop had previously gone as high as No. 72 with Idiot in 1977. With the band The Stooges, he reached the chart three times, peaking at No. 96 with Ready to Die in 2013.

Soundtrack, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – No. 25 — The soundtrack to the superhero film flies in at No. 25 with 15,000 units (nearly all from pure album sales). Here’s a look at the previous Batman and Superman film soundtracks, and where they charted on the Billboard 200:

Title, Peak, Peak Year
Batman, No. 112, 1966
Superman, No. 44, 1979
Superman II, No. 133, 1981
Superman III, No. 163, 1983
Batman (Prince Soundtrack), No. 1 (six weeks), 1989
Batman (Score Soundtrack, Danny Elfman), No. 30, 1989
Batman Returns, No. 61, 1992
Batman Forever, No. 5, 1995
Batman & Robin, No. 5, 1997
Batman Begins, No. 155, 2005
Superman Returns, No. 110, 2006
The Dark Knight, No. 20, 2008
The Dark Knight Rises, No. 8, 2012
Man of Steel, No. 9, 2013
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, No. 25, 2016

Meghan Trainor, Title – No. 38 — As excitement builds around the upcoming release of the singer’s second full-length album, Thank You (due May 13), her first album, Title, jumps back into the top 40 (45-38). It moved 12,000 units for the week (up 4 percent) and sold 5,000 copies (up 3 percent). The album has yet to leave the top 50 of the weekly chart for its entire 63 weeks on the list. Meanwhile, Thank You’s lead single, “No,” climbs 12-6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

A Tribe Called Quest, The Anthology – No. 109 — Following the death of A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg on March 22, the group’s The Anthology album returns to the chart for the first time since 1999, re-entering at No. 121. It earned 6,000 units during the tracking week (up 834 percent) and 3,000 copies sold (up 934 percent). In addition, the act’s studio album Low End Theory returns at No. 121 with 6,000 units (up 710 percent) and 3,000 copies sold (up 747 percent) for its first visit to the list since 1992.

In total for the week, A Tribe Called Quest’s album sales rose by 581 percent to 6,000, while its track sales gained by 993 percent to 22,000. The group’s on-demand audio and video streams, combined, collected 12.5 million clicks (for a 548 percent rise).

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