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On the latest Billboard 200 chart (dated May 9), rock band Alabama Shakes scored its first No. 1 album as Sound & Color arrived in the top slot. The set, released on ATO Records, moved 97,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 26, according to Nielsen Music. It was one of just two albums to bow in the top 10, as Yelawolf’s new Love Story also debuted at No. 3.
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:
— Shawn Mendes, Handwritten - No. 17 — Last week’s No. 1 album tumbles to No. 17 in its second week, down 89 percent in traditional sales (from 106,000 to 12,000) — the largest second-week percentage drop for a No. 1-debuting album since Nielsen began tracking data in 1991. Handwritten’s decline is likely owed to how its first week was mostly driven by months of advance pre-orders. Thus, when the album’s second week arrived, there wasn’t a large enough demand (in relation to its built-up first week) to prevent a large drop-off. The previous largest second-week fall for a No. 1 debut was tallied by Madonna’s MDNA in 2012, when it eroded by 86.7 percent. Like Handwritten, MDNA’s decline was significant because its first-week sales were bolstered by sales from a concert ticket/album promotion as well as preorders.
— Nick Jonas, Nick Jonas - No. 27 — Nick Jonas’ self-titled album celebrates its six month anniversary on the charts as the set spends a 24th week on the Billboard 200. It moves 29-27 with 16,000 equivalent album units moved in the week ending April 26 (down 10 percent, according to Nielsen Music).
And, with another 4,000 copies sold, the album’s total sales rise to 182,000 and surpass those of Jonas’ previous album, 2010’s Who I Am (179,000). The latter was credited to Nick Jonas & The Administration and debuted and peaked at No. 3 — three spots higher than his new album’s thus far peak (No. 6). However, Who I Am fell off the chart after just eight weeks, while Nick Jonas has proved to be a far sturdier chart performer.
The new album was ushered in nine months ago when first single “Chains” premiered and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart dated Aug. 9, 2014. While the song initially failed to catch on with radio, it found new life after second single “Jealous” took off. “Jealous” debuted on the Pop Songs airplay chart dated Sept, 27, 2014, and peaked at No. 2 on Jan. 3. (That same month, it peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 — his first solo top 10 hit on the list.) “Chains” finally made its Pop Songs debut on Feb. 7 and has so far reached No. 11. On the May 9 chart, it holds steady at its peak, and posts a 9 percent gain in spins at the format.
— Luke Bryan, Crash My Party – No. 40 — As the singer’s fourth studio album sells another 7,000 copies, its cumulative rises total to 2.432 million, surpassing Tailgates & Tanlines (2.429 million) to become Bryan’s biggest-selling album ever. His next-largest sellers are Doin’ My Thing (972,000), Spring Break… Here to Party (605,000) and I’ll Stay Me (561,000).
— Tom DeLonge, To the Stars… – No. 70 — DeLonge finally charts an album (8,000 units) under his own name, after tallying entries as part of Blink-182, Box Car Racer and Angels and Airwaves.
— MercyMe, Welcome to the New – No. 106 — Sales of the release during stops along the act's concert tour, along with discounted pricing (to $5) at Family Christian stores, help lift it by 220 percent in sales.
— Apocalyptica, Shadowmaker – No. 190 — The Finnish metal band’s first album since 2010’s 7th Symphony (which peaked at No. 31) is also its first with a single primary vocalist: Franky Perez. (Previous albums featured an assortment of guest singers.)