Logic topped the Billboard 200 less than a year ago with his last studio album, Everybody. The effort opened at No. 1 on the list dated May 27, 2017 with 247,000 units earned (of which 196,000 were in traditional album sales).
Notably, while Everybody’s overall debut figure was larger than Bobby Tarantino II (thanks to Everybody’s robust debut-week album sales figure of 196,000), Everybody tallied a far smaller streaming bow.
Everybody debuted with 47,000 SEA units, which translates to 70 million on-demand audio streams. Though, Everybody arrived before Logic’s breakthrough single, “1-800-273-8255,” featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid, had become a smash hit. The track, from Everybody, raised Logic’s profile in the past year and gave him his first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It peaked at No. 3 on the Sept. 30 Hot 100 chart, and was later nominated for two Grammy Awards, including song of the year. So, it would stand to reason that Logic came into the opening week of Bobby Tarantino II with much higher visibility with music fans, and thus a bigger week on streaming services.
Lastly, Logic’s previous mixtape, Bobby Tarantino, debuted and peaked at No. 12 in 2016 with 19,000 units in its first week (of which 16,000 were in traditional album sales).
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Lil Yachty notches a new personal high-water mark on the list, as he sails in with his new studio album, Lil Boat 2, bowing with 64,000 units (7,000 in traditional album sales). It’s his highest charting album yet, second top 10 effort, and best week in terms of units earned.
Streaming activity, by far, fuels Lil Boat 2’s debut, as it earned 54,000 SEA units. Even without album sales and TEA units (2,000), Lil Boat 2 still would have debuted in the top five from just streams alone. Lil Yachty’s first studio set, Teenage Emotions, debuted at No. 5 (June 17, 2017) with 46,000 units.
David Byrne earns his highest charting album ever on the Billboard 200, as American Utopia enters at No. 3 with 63,000 units. Unlike Logic and Lil Yachty, Byrne’s debut is driven by traditional album sales, as effectively all of its units were in pure sales (resulting in his biggest sales week since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991). American Utopia’s arrival was enhanced by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the artist’s tour, which started earlier in March.
American Utopia is Byrne’s first solo effort since 2004’s Grown Backwards, which debuted and peaked at No. 178. Since then, he’s released a trio of collaborative efforts: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, with Brian Eno (No. 174 in 2009); Here Lies Love, with Fatboy Slim (No. 96, 2010); and Love This Giant, with St. Vincent (No. 23, 2012). The latter was Byrne’s highest charting album, only top 40 set, until the arrival of American Utopia.
Byrne made his solo debut on the list in 1981 with The Catherine Wheel, which topped out at No. 104 in 1982.
The band Talking Heads, of which Byrne was a member, charted a dozen albums on the Billboard 200 between 1977 and 2009. Eight of them reached the top 40, with the act’s highest-charting effort being 1983’s Speaking in Tongues. The album reached No. 15, powered by its hit single “Burning Down the House.” The track was the band’s only top 10 on the Hot 100, climbing to No. 9.
Byrne’s new album was led by the single “Everybody’s Coming to My House,” which has reached No. 5 on the most recently published Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart (dated March 17).
With Logic, Lil Yachty and Byrne debuting at Nos. 1-3, the Billboard 200’s top three are new entries for the first time in four months. It last happened on Nov. 18, 2017 when Kenny Chesney’s Live in No Shoes Nation, Kelly Clarkson’s Meaning of Life and Chris Brown’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon bowed at Nos. 1-3, respectively.
Back on the current Billboard 200, Black Panther: The Album drops from No. 1 to No. 4 with 63,000 units (down 18 percent). The album’s parent film, Black Panther, continues to rake in the dough at the U.S. and Canada box office. Through March 18, the blockbuster film grossed $605.5 million (of its $1.182 billion worldwide).
At No. 5 on the Billboard 200, rock band Judas Priest roars with the group’s highest charting album ever, as Firepower bows with 49,000 units (48,000 from traditional album sales -- the act's best sales frame since 2005's Angel of Retribution bowed with 54,000 copies sold). Like Byrne, Judas Priest's bow was bolstered by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer.
Firepower surpasses the group’s previous chart high, logged with 2014’s Redeemer of Souls debuted and peaked at No. 6. The two sets are the veteran band’s only top 10 efforts, though the act has been charting since 1978 with Stained Class (No. 173). The group collected its first top 40 set in 1980 with British Steel (No. 34) and its first top 20 effort with 1982’s Screaming for Vengeance (No. 17).
The new album was ushered in by the single “Lightning Strike,” which has so far peaked at No. 21 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. It’s the band’s highest charting single on the tally since way back in 1982, when their classic hit “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” peaked at No. 4.
The Greatest Showman soundtrack dips 2-6 on the new Billboard 200, earning 48,000 units (down 21 percent), while Migos’ Culture II descends 4-7 with 45,000 units (down 13 percent).
Jimi Hendrix’s latest posthumous album, Both Sides of the Sky, arrives at No. 8, garnering the rock legend his 10th top 10 effort. The archival set -- released via Experience Hendrix/Legacy -- launched with 37,000 units, of which 35,000 were in traditional album sales.
The 13-track Both Sides of the Sky album contains 10 previously unreleased recordings made between 1968 and 1970. It’s the third in a trilogy of albums that house, according to Hendrix’s record labels, the “best and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining” in Hendrix’s vault. The series began with 2010’s Valleys of Neptune (No. 4) and was followed by 2013’s People, Hell and Angels (No. 2).
Both Sides of the Sky is the fifth of five debuts in the new top 10 -- the most the region has seen since the Nov. 25, 2017-dated list. That week, Sam Smith’s The Thrill of It All, Maroon 5’s Red Pill Blues, Blake Shelton’s Texoma Shore, Kelsea Ballerini’s Unapologetically, and Kid Rock’s Sweet Southern Sugar bowed at Nos. 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8, respectively.
Closing out the chart’s new top 10 are Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide), falling 5-9 (33,000 units; down 8 percent) and Post Malone’s Stoney, dropping 6-10 (32,000 units; down 8 percent).