Seven Debuts Hit Top 10 of Billboard 200 Chart, Led by Drake & Future, Lana Del Rey and Mac Miller

Neil Krug
Lana Del Rey

The top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart (dated Oct. 10) is jam-packed with debuts, as a total of seven new entries populate the region — the most top 10 debuts in nearly a year. The chart last housed seven top 10 debuts back on the Nov. 8, 2014-dated list.

The new chart is led by the new surprise album from Drake and Future, What a Time to Be Alive, which opens at No. 1 with 375,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 24 (according to Nielsen Music) — the third-largest week for an album in 2015.

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. 10-dated chart (where Drake and Future are No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Coming in at No. 2 on the new chart is Lana Del Rey’s Honeymoon, with 116,000 units (105,000 in pure album sales). It’s the fourth top 10 album for Del Rey, and follows her chart-topping Ultraviolence in 2014. The latter set opened with 182,000 sold in its first week.

Last week’s No. 1 album, The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness (which happens to feature Del Rey), slips to No. 3 with 90,000 units (down 9 percent).

Rapper Mac Miller sees his new Go:od AM clock in at No. 4 with 87,000 units (73,000 in pure album sales). It’s the third consecutive top 10 album for Miller, who previously reached No. 1 in 2011 with Blue Slide Park and No. 3 in 2013 with Watching Movies With the Sound Off.

David Gilmour earns his highest charting solo album ever, as Rattle That Lock enters at No. 5 with 71,000 units (70,000 in pure album sales). The Pink Floyd member’s earlier high-water mark came in 2006 with On an Island, which debuted and peaked at No. 6.

Rock band Shinedown debuts at No. 6 with its latest effort, Threat to Survival (65,000 units; 61,000 in sales). It’s the group’s third top 10, and first chart entry since 2012’s Amaryllis debuted and peaked at No. 4.

Both Taylor Swift and Ryan Adams '1989' Albums Are in Top 10 of Billboard 200 Chart

Ryan Adams’ interpretation of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album bows at No. 7 with 56,000 units (49,000 in album sales). It’s the fourth top 10 for Adams, who previously visited the top 10 with his self-titled album in 2014 (No. 4), Ashes & Fire in 2011 (No. 7) and Easy Tiger in 2007 (No. 7).

Right behind Adams’ new 1989 is the album that inspired it: Taylor Swift’s 1989. The latter descends from No. 5 to No. 8 with 42,000 units (up 4 percent).

Luke Bryan’s former No. 1, Kill the Lights, falls 6-9 with 37,000 (down less than 1 percent).

Closing out the top 10 is hip-hop artist Andy Mineo, who scores his first top 10 with the bow of Uncomfortable at No. 10 (35,000 units; 32,000 in pure album sales — his best sales week ever). Mineo also enters at No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums chart and at No. 3 on the Rap Albums chart.