The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new July 4-dated chart (where My Turn is steady at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's website on June 30.
At No. 2 on the Billboard 200, Bob Dylan captures his highest charting album in more than a decade, as Rough and Rowdy Ways arrives with 53,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 51,000 are in album sales, 2,000 are in SEA units, and a negligible figure are in TEA units.
Dylan was last higher on the chart with 2009’s Together Through Life, which debuted and peaked at No. 1 on the May 16, 2009-dated chart.
All told, Rough and Rowdy Ways marks Dylan’s 23rd top 10 album and 50th top 40 set. With Rough and Rowdy Ways’ debut, Dylan logs his seventh consecutive decade of charting top 40 albums. He captured eight in the 1960s, 14 in the ‘70s, seven in the ‘80s, four in the ‘90s, seven in the ‘00s, nine in the ‘10s, and now one in the ‘20s. He’s the first act to have achieved at least one top 40 album in each decade from the ‘60s through ‘20s. (The 2020s decade is still young, so a number of other acts could join him in this achievement.)
Dylan made his Billboard 200 debut (and overall Billboard chart debut) nearly 57 years ago with The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, which arrived on the list dated Sept. 7, 1963, at No. 125. It peaked at No. 22 on Oct. 5 of that year. He got his first top 10 with the No. 6-peaking Bringing It All Back Home on Oct. 9, 1965. He earned his first of five No. 1s with Planet Waves on Feb. 16, 1974.
The new album was led by the 17-minute track “Murder Most Foul,” which debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the Hot Rock Songs chart (April 11, 2020). It also entered atop the Rock Digital Song Sales chart, marking Dylan’s first No. 1 song on any Billboard chart.
A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s Artist 2.0 rockets back into the top 10 on the Billboard 200, as it flies from No. 80 to No. 3, following its deluxe reissue on June 19. The set earned 43,000 equivalent album units -- up 292 percent. Most of that gain is attributed to streaming activity, as 41,000 of that figure is SEA units (up 281 percent).
The album debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Feb. 29-dated list and spent its first two weeks in the top 10. The album was reissued on the 19th, adding nine songs to the original set’s 20-song tracklist.
A trio of former No. 1s are next on the Billboard 200, as DaBaby’s Blame It On Baby slips from No. 3 to No. 4 (37,000 equivalent album units; down 8 percent, Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding falls 4-5 (36,000 units; down 4 percent) and Lady Gaga’s Chromatica drops 2-6 (33,000 units; down 25 percent). Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes falls from No. 5 to No. 7 with just over 32,000 units (down 11 percent).
Teyana Taylor achieves her first top 10 album, as The Album bows at No. 8 with 32,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 27,000 are in SEA units, 4,000 are in album sales and 1,000 are in TEA units. Taylor previously visited the Billboard 200 twice, with VII in 2014 (peaking at No. 19) and K.T.S.E. (reaching No. 17 in 2018).
Rounding out the new top 10 are Lil Uzi Vert’s former No. 1 Eternal Atake (moving 8-9 with just over 31,000 equivalent album units earned; down 8 percent) and Polo G’s The Goat (9-10 with 31,000 units; down 8 percent).