2019 American Music Awards

Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Foo Fighters Get 'Letterman' Sales Boost & More

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The Foo Fighters perform on the final broadcast of the Late Show with David Letterman, Wednesday May 20, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. The show was taped Wednesday at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.  

Plus: Mariah Carey's 20th charting album, Tina Campbell hits a gospel high note

On the latest Billboard 200 chart (dated June 6), Twenty One Pilots flew in at No. 1 with their new album, Blurryface. The set shifted 147,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 24, according to Nielsen Music. It was one of four albums that debuted in the top 10, which also included new arrivals from Zedd, Sawyer Fredericks and Jamie Foxx.

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:

-- Mariah Carey, #1 To Infinity -- No. 29: The diva collects her 20th charting album on the Billboard 200 as her new greatest hits effort, #1 To Infinity, arrives at No. 29. The 19-song collection features all 18 of her No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (the most of any solo artist), as well as one new track, "Infinity." Carey debuted on the Billboard 200 nearly 25 years ago, on the June 30, 1990-dated list. That week, her self-titled debut album bowed at No. 80, on its way to No. 1 the following year. It was the first of so far six No. 1 albums for the entertainer.

-- Foo Fighters, Greatest Hits -- No. 56: Foo Fighters earn a sales and streaming boost, following the band's performance on the final Late Show With David Letterman (May 20). The group closed out the show with a performance of "Everlong," which reached No. 3 on Alternative Songs in 1997. The band's overall album sales grew by 99 percent in the week ending May 24, while their song sales rose by 126 percent. Overall streams for the act also got a lift, rising by 17 percent. The band's best-selling album of the week, selling 7,000 copies -- a gain of 166 percent. On the Billboard 200, Greatest Hits vaults 141-56 with 11,000 overall units (up 132 percent), for its highest rank in over four years. It was last at a higher rank on the list dated April 30, 2011, when it was at No. 45.

-- Sammy Hagar & The Circle, At Your Service -- No. 78: Less than two months after Van Halen hit the chart with its latest live album, the group's former front man Sammy Hagar enters the tally with his new live set, At Your Service. (Van Halen bowed at No. 20 on the April 18-dated list with Tokyo Dome Live In Concert.) Hagar's new album -- credited to Hagar & The Circle (which boasts former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, along with drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson) -- debuts at No. 78 with 7,000 units. The set includes a number of Van Halen tunes, including "Poundcake," "When It's Love," "Why Can't This Be Love," "Right Now" and "Dreams."

-- Tina Campbell, It's Personal -- No. 90: Campbell's debut solo album, It's Personal, starts at No. 90 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Top Gospel Albums. The set launches with just over 6,000 copies sold -- the largest sales week for a gospel album by an artist in 2015.

Campbell is one half of the sibling duo Mary Mary, which logged five No. 1s on the Gospel Albums chart between 2000 and 2012. Campbell's sister Erica Campbell has notched two solo No. 1s of her own: Help (in 2014) and Help 2.0 (in April of 2015).

-- Taylor Swift, Fearless -- No. 158: Swift returns to the chart with Fearless (re-entering at No. 158), likely as a result from the publicity generated by the debut of her new music video "Bad Blood," and her multiple wins on the Billboard Music Awards. The star-studded "Bad Blood" clip opened the Billboard Music Awards, on which Swift won eight trophies. Fearless flies back to the list with 4,000 units (up 38 percent), while her current album, 1989, jets 9-2 with 91,000 units (up 146 percent). Another Swift set, Red, runs 157-107 with 6,000 units (up 36 percent), giving her a total of three titles on the chart. Swift's overall album sales in the week ending May 24 grew by 75 percent, while her track sales rose by 178 percent.


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