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Linkin Park’s ‘Hybrid Theory’ Rocks Album Sales Chart, John Lennon Debuts in Top 10

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Linkin Park photographed in 2001.

Plus: new albums from Brothers Osborne and Future Islands bow in the top 10.

Linkin Park rocks Billboard’s Album Sales chart, as the band’s Hybrid Theory re-enters the tally at No. 3 with a 2,251% sales gain – having sold 17,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 15, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It was last on the list dated Aug. 15 and has not ranked this high since 2002, when it peaked at No. 2.

The surge in sales is owed to the album’s 20th anniversary deluxe reissue on Oct. 9, as the set was reissued in a variety of formats, many with bonus tracks. Hybrid Theory was initially released on Oct. 24, 2000.

Among the deluxe editions offered, there was a deluxe two-CD set, a $59.98 four-LP vinyl deluxe box set and a $199.98 super deluxe five-CD/three-DVD/four-disc vinyl LP box set. Hybrid Theory topped out at No. 2 on the weekly Album Sales chart for four nonconsecutive weeks in 2002. The set has sold 10.8 million copies in the U.S.

Billboard’s Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The Album Sales chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Pure album sales were the measurement solely utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units. The new Oct. 24-dated Album Sales chart (where Hybrid Theory re-enters at No. 3) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Oct. 20. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Leading the latest Album Sales chart is BLACKPINK’s The Album, selling 19,000 copies in its second week (down 76%). The set continues to sell well at mass merchants such as Target and Walmart.

John Lennon’s new greatest hits collection Gimme Some Truth debuts at No. 3 on Album Sales, with 10,000 sold. It marks Lennon’s first top 10 on the list in its 29-year history and his best sales week for an album in nearly a decade. A solo album by the late Beatles legend last sold more of an album in the week ending on the chart dated Dec. 11, 2010, when Power to the People: The Hits sold 12,000 copies.

The Gimme Some Truth compilation is available in a variety of formats, including a standard 19-track edition and a deluxe 36-track version. The set includes familiar Lennon hits like “Instant Karma (We All Shine On)” (a No. 3 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1970), “Imagine” (No. 3 in 1971), “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” (No. 1 in 1974) and “(Just Like) Starting Over” (No. 1 in 1980).

Like the Hybrid Theory reissue, Lennon’s Gimme Some Truth was also released in a number of formats, including $79.98 edition with two CDs and a Blu-ray disc that includes the 36 tracks in hi-res stereo, new 5.1 surround mixes and Dolby Atmos. There is also a double-vinyl LP set for $59.98 and a four-disc vinyl LP box set for $109.98.

Gimme Some Truth sold well with independent record stores, as the album also starts at No. 1 on the Tastemakers chart with 3,000 sold via indie stores. (Tastemakers ranks the top-selling albums of the week at indie record stores.)

SuperM’s Super One: The 1st Album rises two spots on Album Sales to No. 4 in its third week on the chart (10,000 sold; down 53%), Carrie Underwood’s holiday album My Gift climbs 11-5 in its second week (9,000 sold; down 31%) and Dolly Parton’s A Holly Dolly Christmas falls 4-6 in its second week (just under 9,000 sold; down 66%).

Brothers Osborne’s latest album Skeletons bows at No. 7 on Album Sales with 8,000 copies sold in the week ending Oct. 15 – the third-largest week for the duo yet.

Taylor Swift’s Folklore rises 14-8 with 7,000 copies sold (down 28%). Folklore continues to be the highest-selling album of 2020 with 981,000 sold.

Future Islands’ new studio album As Long as You Are debuts at No. 9 with 7,000 copies sold. The set also performed well on vinyl, with 4,500 copies sold in the format, which enables its debut at No. 1 on the Vinyl Albums chart.

Bon Jovi’s 2020 closes out the top 10 of the latest Album Sales chart, as the album dips 5-10 in its second week with a little over 6,500 sold (down 72%).