Women in Music 2018
Billboard 200 Chart Moves: The Rolling Stones' 'Sticky' Returns
On the latest Billboard 200 chart (dated June 27), rock band Muse tallied its first No. 1 album with Drones. As Muse replacing fellow British rock band Florence + The Machine’s How Big How Blue How Beautiful at No. 1, it’s the chart’s first instance of back-to-back No. 1 debuts from British acts. (The Billboard 200’s regularly published weekly chart history dates back to 1956.)
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:
— Royal Blood, Royal Blood – No. 17 —Royal Blood makes a killing as the band’s self-titled album zooms back onto the June 27-dated chart at No. 17 (a new peak) with 22,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 14 (up 958 percent) according to Nielsen Music. The jump was caused largely by deep-discounting in the Google Play store, where the set was marked down to 99-cents during the tracking week. In turn, it sold 21,000 in pure album sales (up 1,170 percent). The band also played SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show on June 9.
— Various Artists, Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 8 - No. 22 — The Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 8 compilation bows at No. 22 with 19,000 units earned. It's the 105th title from long-running Now series to chart. It also starts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, the first chart-topping compilation since 2008’s first Now… Country set.
— The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers (Super Deluxe) - No. 65 — The Rolling Stones’ classic Sticky Fingers album was reissued on multiple formats on June 9, including a “super deluxe” version, which arrives at No. 65 with 9,000 units (nearly all from traditional album sales). The set tracks separately from the main Sticky Fingers album (which re-enters at No. 5 with 36,000 units) due to its abundance of bonus content. The Sticky Fingers redux is the third such expansive reissue that the Stones have undertaken in recent years, following reboots of Exile On Main St. (in 2010) and Some Girls (in 2011). Billboard estimates that the three remastered and reissued albums have sold a combined 606,000 copies in the U.S. since their reintroduction to the marketplace. That sum equates to 21 percent of The Rolling Stones’ overall album sales since the start of 2010.
— The Broadway Cast Recording, Fun Home - No. 107 — Fun Home’s cast album debuts on the Billboard 200 (6,000 units, up 130 percent; of that sum, 5,000 were traditional album sales, up 116 percent) after its Tony Award win (June 7) for best musical. The Tony Awards pumped an overall 70 percent gain in cast album sales in the two weeks ending June 14. (68,000 cast albums were sold in the two weeks ending June 14, versus the 40,000 sold in the two frames ending May 31.)
— Cam, Welcome to Cam Country (EP) – No. 176 — Country singer/songwriter Cam debuts at No. 176 with Welcome to Cam Country (EP) with 4,000 overall units (up 688 percent) and with 2,000 sold (up 1,292 percent). The set surges in its 11th week on sale as Cam (real name: Camaron Ochs) benefits from a June 10 visit to the syndicated radio program The Bobby Bones Show. The EP also debuts at No. 31 on Top Country Albums, while her single “Burning House” arrives at No. 43 on Hot Country Songs.