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The Year in Charts 2020: Post Malone's 'Hollywood's Bleeding' Is the Top Billboard 200 Album

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Adam Degross

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Plus: Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” is the lone album by a woman in the top 10, while Luke Combs waves the flag for country.

Post Malone’s No. 1 smash Hollywood’s Bleeding closes out 2020 as the year’s top album on the year-end Top Billboard 200 Albums chart.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps represent aggregated metrics for each artist, title, label and music contributor on the weekly charts dated Nov. 23, 2019, through Nov. 14, 2020. The rankings for Nielsen Music/MRC Data-based year-end recaps reflect equivalent album units, airplay, sales or streaming during the weeks that the titles appeared on a respective chart during the tracking year. Any activity registered before or after a title’s chart run isn’t considered in these rankings. That methodology detail, and the November-November time period, account for some of the difference between these lists and the calendar-year recaps that are independently compiled by Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

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Hollywood’s Bleeding debuted on at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 chart dated Sept. 21, 2019, and spent five weeks at No. 1 during the 2019 chart year. When the 2020 chart year began with the Nov. 23, 2019-dated rankings, Bleeding was still riding high in the top 10 on the weekly Billboard 200 and would continue to rank in the weekly top 15 for the rest of the 52-week 2020 tracking period (through the Nov. 14, 2020-dated chart).

Hollywood’s Bleeding’s sustained chart success over the course of the entire 2020 chart year gave it a distinct advantage over other albums that were released during the 2020 year -- even if they had multiple weeks at No. 1 or lengthy runs in the top 10.

2020 is the fourth consecutive year that Post Malone has placed at least one album among the top 10 on the year-end Billboard 200 Albums chart. In 2019, Beerbongs & Bentleys was No. 5, while Bleeding was No. 9. In 2018, Beerbongs & Bentleys was No. 3 and Stoney was No. 8. And in 2017, Stoney placed at No. 7.

In 2020, Beerbongs & Bentleys finishes at No. 23 on the year-end Billboard 200, while Stoney ranks at No. 45.

Trailing Hollywood’s Bleeding on the year-end Billboard 200 Albums list is Lil Baby’s My Turn at No. 2 and Roddy Ricch’s Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial (No. 3). My Turn debuted at No. 1 on the March 14, 2020-dated chart and spent a total of five nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 during the 2020 chart year. Please Excuse Me bowed at No. 1 on the Dec. 21, 2019, chart and notched four nonconsecutive weeks in the penthouse.

With Hollywood’s Bleeding, My Turn and Please Excuse Me at Nos. 1-3, it’s the first time since 2017 that the top three albums on the year-end Billboard 200 chart also charted on the weekly Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Harry Styles’ Fine Line and Taylor Swift’s Folklore round out the top five of the year-end Billboard 200 Albums recap. 2020 marks the third straight year that Swift has landed an album in the year-end top 10.

The Nos. 6-10 titles on the 2020 year-end Billboard 200 Albums chart are, in order, Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake, Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, The Weeknd’s After Hours, Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die and Luke Combs’ What You See Is What You Get. What You See is the first album to have appeared on Billboard's weekly Top Country Albums chart to rank in the Billboard 200 Albums year-end top 10 since 2016, when Chris Stapleton’s Traveller was No. 7.

With Swift the lone woman among the top 10 year-end Billboard 200 Albums, it’s the first time the top 10 has been so male-driven since 2017, when not a single album credited to a woman (or female-fronted group) was among the top 10.