Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jimmy Fallon Aids 664% Sales Gain for Neil Young's 'Old Man'
On the newest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift ruled the list for an 11th nonconsecutive week with 1989 -- tying Fearless for Swift's longest run atop the chart. 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).
Let's take a closer look at some of the action on the chart:
-- Grateful Dead, Dave's Picks Volume 13: Winterland, San Francisco, CA - 2/24/74 - No. 32 -- This is the whopping 66th chart entry for the band. It enters with 15,000 sold in the week ending Feb. 8, according to Nielsen Music, and is the act's best week since Sept. 2013. All of its sales were generated by Internet and mail order purchases through the group's official Web sites.
-- Arctic Monkeys, AM - No. 61 -- With 655,000 copies sold through Feb. 8, the set has shifted more copies than the band's previous three albums combined (511,000). Meanwhile, the new album's "R U Mine?" spends a 10th straight week in the Alternative airplay chart's top 10.
-- Neil Young, Greatest Hits - No. 84 -- Thanks in part to a performance of the album's "Old Man" with Jimmy Fallon (as a second "Neil Young") on NBC's The Tonight Show (Feb. 4), the set hits its highest rank since 2005 and its best sales week (4,000; up 248 percent) since 2010. Also impressive: "Old Man's" download sales gained by 664 percent to 9,000 for the week -- its largest digital sales week ever.
-- Adele, 21 - No. 99 -- As 21 jumps back into the top 100 (104-99 with 7,000 units; up 12 percent), it earns a 183rd week in the top 100. That's the third-most weeks in the top 100 since the chart started using Nielsen data on May 25, 1991. Metallica's self-titled album has the most in the span of time, with 232 weeks. Taylor Swift's self-titled album is in second place with 186 weeks. Not far behind 21 is Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More, with 175 weeks in the top 100.
-- Electric Light Orchestra, All Over the World - No. 147 -- Thanks to a Ed Sheeran-enhanced performance by the band on the Grammy Awards (Feb. 8), this hits package (5,000 units; up 224 percent) brings the act back to the chart for the first time since 2012.
-- The Beatles, 1 - No. 186 -- The fab four's authoritative best-of collection (12.5 million sold) has been an incredibly consistent seller -- it has sold more than 1,000 copies in every one of its 743 weeks of release.