Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Pentatonix Earns Eighth Top 10 Album With 'PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. 1'

Jiro Schneider


On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated April 28), Jason Aldean nabbed his fourth consecutive No. 1 with Rearview Town. The set earned 183,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 19, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 162,000 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).

Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the rest of the Billboard 200:

-- Pentatonix, PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. 1 – No. 10 -- The vocal group collects its eighth top 10 album, as PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. 1 enters at No. 10 with 34,000 units, of which 30,000 were in traditional album sales. The act previously visited the top 10 with PTX Vol. IV: Classics (No. 4 in 2017), A Pentatonix Christmas (No. 1, 2017), a self-titled album (No. 1, 2015), That’s Christmas to Me (No. 2, 2014), PTX: Vol. III (No. 5, 2014), PTX: Vol. II (No. 10, 2013) and PTXmas (No. 7, 2013).

-- Metallica, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct & The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited -- Nos. 17 & 18 -- The former re-enters the chart thanks to a jolt of sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the band’s ongoing tour (21,000 units; up 921 percent — of which 19,000 were in traditional album sales; up 1,597 percent).

Meanwhile, the group’s 1987 set The 5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited hits a new high, as a new remastered edition of the effort (released on April 13), pushes the title back onto the list at No. 18 (20,000 units, up from a negligible figure the week previous). Nearly all of its units were in traditional album sales. The album -- out of print for essentially the last 30 years -- originally peaked at No. 28 in 1987. The new revamped version of the five-song covers set was available in a variety of formats and special editions, including 180 gram black vinyl, a limited edition cassette, a picture disc, and a red-orange 180 gram vinyl LP (among a number of other formats). In the week ending April 19, the Garage EP sold 8,000 copies on vinyl, 8,000 on CD, 2,000 digital albums, and 1,000 on cassette.

-- Tinashe, Joyride -- No. 58 -- The singer’s second studio album bows at No. 58, earning 10,000 units, of which 5,000 were in traditional album sales. Her first studio set, Aquarius, debuted and peaked at No. 3 in 2014. In between those sets, she charted with the mixtape Nightride, which topped out at No. 8 in 2016.

-- Beyoncé, Lemonade -- No. 91 -- Following Beyoncé’s performance at Coachella on April 14, the diva’s last album, Lemonade, jumps back onto the list with 7,000 units (up 131 percent). She also returns with her self-titled album at No. 138 (6,000 units; up 61 percent) and I Am… Sasha Fierce at No. 160 (5,000 units; up 19 percent).

-- J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive -- No. 67 -- Concurrent with the publicity surrounding the release of J. Cole’s new album, KOD, on April 20, his 2014 Forest Hills Drive set -- released in 2014 -- vaults 100-67 with 9,000 units (up 27 percent). His last studio effort, 2016’s 4 Your Eyez Only, re-enters the chart at No. 153 with 5,000 units (up 31 percent).


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