CMA Awards 2018
5 Seconds of Summer Earns Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart
5 Seconds of Summer lands its second straight No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as its new Sounds Good Feels Good set debuts atop the tally. The album was released on Oct. 23 through Hi Or Hey/Capitol Records and moved 192,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 29, according to Nielsen Music. (Of that sum, 179,000 were in pure album sales.)
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 Nov. 14-dated chart (where 5 Seconds of Summer is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) is the only band -- not vocal group -- to see its first two full-length studio albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Sounds Good Feels Good follows their self-titled album, which arrived at No. 1 in 2014 (with 259,000 sold in its first week). Before that, the band issued the introductory EP She Looks So Perfect, which debuted and peaked at No. 2.
The new album was led by the single “She’s Kinda Hot,” which became 5SOS’ highest-charting track so far on the Pop Songs airplay chart, peaking at No. 15. It also reached No. 22 on the overall Billboard Hot 100 chart, which blends airplay from all formats, along with sales and streaming data.
The set’s second official single, “Hey Everybody," rose 35-31 on the Pop Songs chart dated Nov. 7.
Back on the new Billboard 200 chart, country superstar Carrie Underwood debuts at No. 2 with her new album Storyteller (177,000 units, 164,000 in pure album sales). It’s the fifth studio album from the singer, and all five have reached the top two positions on the chart.
Underwood is the only country artist to see their first five studio albums reach either Nos. 1 or 2 on the Billboard 200. She debuted on the list at No. 2 in 2005 with Some Hearts, and then followed it up with three straight No. 1s: Carnival Ride (in 2007), Play On (2009) and Blown Away (2012). After that, she released the compilation Greatest Hits: Decade #1 which debuted and peaked at No. 4 in 2014, followed by the new Storyteller.
Blake Shelton collects his ninth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 as his latest best-of compilation, Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits, debuts at No. 5 with 40,000 units (33,000 in pure album sales). The 21-track set features all 20 of his No. 1 singles on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, plus the new single “Gonna.”
Reloaded is Shelton’s second greatest hits album, following Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton, which peaked at No. 18 in 2011.
Drake and Future’s What a Time to Be Alive climbs 8-6 (slightly more than 34,000 units; down 20 percent), Taylor Swift’s 1989 jumps 9-7 (34,000; down 7 percent), Pentatonix’s self-titled album falls 1-8 in its second week (32,000; down 67 percent) and Selena Gomez’s Revival slips 7-9 (31,000; down 33 percent).
Singer Andrea Bocelli debuts at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 with Cinema (30,000 units; 29,000 album sales), marking his eighth top 10 effort. The set -- which finds Bocelli interpreting songs from films, like “Maria” from West Side Story and “Lara’s Theme” from Doctor Zhivago -- also starts at No. 1 on the Classical Crossover Albums chart. The album features guest turns from Ariana Grande and Nicole Scherzinger.
Cinema is also the 11th No. 1 for the Italian tenor on the Classical Crossover Albums tally, extending his record for the most chart-toppers among all artists. (Tied for the second-most No. 1s on the Classical Crossover Albums chart are Il Divo and Sarah Brightman, with seven leaders each.)