Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Stevie Wonder Returns to Top 40 After Grammy Salute
It’s Wonder’s first visit to the top 40 in nine years
On the newest Billboard 200 albums chart, Imagine Dragons scored their first No. 1 album with their second full-length album, Smoke + Mirrors. It was the lone entry in the top 10, as the next-highest bow came at No. 14, from Aaron Watson's The Underdog.
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:
--Drake, If You're Reading This It's Too Late - No. 2 -- It just two chart weeks (equating to about 10 days on sale, since the set was released on Feb. 12 and the latest tracking week ended on Feb. 22) Drake's album has sold 624,000 copies according to Nielsen Music. It's the second-biggest selling album of 2015, behind Taylor Swift's 1989, with 753,000 copies sold.
--Imagine Dragons, Night Visions - No. 20 -- The promotion and publicity generated by the arrival of the band's new album Smoke + Mirrors spurs a big 46-20 gain for their last album, Night Visions. It rises to 18,000 units for the week (up 39 percent). The album last ranked higher on the June 7, 2014-dated chart, when it was No. 15.
--Stevie Wonder, The Definitive Collection - No. 40 -- Following the CBS TV special Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key Of Life -- An All-Star Grammy Salute (which aired Feb. 16), this greatest hits set from the legend zooms back onto the chart with 11,000 units (up 205 percent). It sold nearly 7,000 copies for the week (up 260 percent). Wonder was last in the top 40 of the chart on the list dated Nov. 19, 2005, when his last studio album, A Time To Love, fell 13-30 in its third week on the chart. (It debuted at No. 5.)
In addition, Songs in the Key of Life (the album name-checked in the title of the special -- and celebrated on the show) returns to the Billboard 200 at No. 48 with 10,000 units (up 223 percent). It also sold almost 7,000 copies for the week (up 223 percent as well). It's the highest rank for the album -- which spent 14 weeks at No. 1 in 1976 and 1977 -- since the Aug. 27, 1977-dated chart (when it also placed at No. 48).
--Soundtrack, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me - No. 147 -- The soundtrack to the film about Glen Campbell debuts following its exposure on the Academy Awards (which aired Feb. 22 on ABC). The album's "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" was nominated for best original song on the Oscars, and was performed on the show by Tim McGraw. The set arrives with just over 4,000 units (up from a negligible figure the week previous) and sold 3,000 copies (up again from basically nothing).