The Weeknd Earns Third Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart
The Weeknd continues to rule the Billboard 200 albums chart, as he racks up a third straight week at No. 1 with Beauty Behind the Madness. The album moved another 99,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 17, according to Nielsen Music (down 32 percent).
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Oct. 3-dated chart (where The Weeknd is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s Web sites on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Beauty Behind the Madness is the first album to spend three weeks at No. 1 since Taylor Swift’s 1989 racked 11 nonconsecutive weeks in the penthouse between the charts dated Nov. 15, 2014 and Feb. 21, 2015. (1989 last strung three straight weeks together between Jan. 10 and Jan. 24. So, it has been nine months since an album claimed the top slot for three straight frames.)
Rock band Bring Me the Horizon earns its highest charting album ever – and first Top 10 set – as That’s the Spirit bows at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The set moved 62,000 units, of which 55,000 are pure album sales. The latter sum makes it No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart, and gives the band its best sales week ever. Their previous biggest sales frame came when their last album, 2013’s Sempiternal, bowed at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 with 27,000 copies sold in its first week. (That album was also their highest-charting set until this week.)
That’s the Spirit is the group’s first album for Columbia Records, after previously charting efforts with Visible Noise and Epitaph. The new album’s current single, “Throne,” rose 17-16 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart (dated Sept. 26) and is their fifth hit on the tally.
Country singer Brett Eldredge scores his best week ever on the Billboard 200, as his second album, Illinois, starts at No. 3 with 51,000 units (44,000 in pure album sales). His first set, Bring You Back, debuted and peaked at No. 11 in 2013 with 21,000 sold in its first week.
Rock veterans Slayer also claim their highest charting album yet with the No. 4 debut of Repentless (50,000 units, with 49,000 from pure album sales). It’s the group’s third Top 10 effort, and surpasses their previous high, racked with 2006’s Christ Illusion debuted and peaked at No. 5.
Swift’s 1989 climbs 7-5 with 41,000 units (down 6 percent), Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights is steady at No. 6 with 37,000 units (down 17 percent) and Five Finger Death Punch’s Got Your Six slides 2-7 with 34,000 units (down 71 percent in its second week).
The fourth debut in the new Top 10 comes from Gary Clark Jr., who sees his The Story of Sonny Boy Slim start at No. 8 with 28,000 units (27,000 in pure album sales). It’s the second Top 10 effort for the guitarist/singer, who also visited the region with 2012’s No. 6-peaking Blak and Blu.
The new album also marks his fifth No. 1 (all consecutive) on the Blues Albums chart.
Ed Sheeran’s X is a non-mover at No. 9 on the Billboard 200, with 26,000 units (down 4 percent).
To close out the Top 10, Duran Duran earns its highest charting album in 22 years, as the new studio effort Paper Gods debuts at No. 10 with 25,000 units (24,000 in pure album sales). The band last went higher (and was last in the Top 10) with its second self-titled 1993 album, which debuted and peaked at No. 7 on the March 13, 1993-dated list. (That set was fueled by the smash single “Ordinary World,” which spent seven weeks atop the Pop Songs airplay chart.)
Paper Gods is Duran Duran’s sixth Top 10 album, following Rio (No. 6 in 1983), the band's first self-titled album (No. 10; 1983), Seven and the Ragged Tiger (No. 8; 1984), Arena (No. 4; 1985) and a second self-titled set (also referred to as The Wedding Album) in 1993.