Chris Stapleton Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart
Chris Stapleton secures a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as his Traveller effort continues to bask in the glow of the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The set shifted another 124,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 12 (down 30 percent), according to Nielsen Music. It sold another 97,000 in pure album sales (down 37 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 Nov. 28-dated chart (where Stapleton is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s Web sites on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
A week ago, Traveller made history as the first album to reenter the chart at No. 1, as the set jumped back onto the tally after Stapleton’s three CMA Award wins on Nov. 4.
With a second week at No. 1, Traveller is one of only two albums to spend more than a week atop the list in 2015. Earlier in the year, Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights ruled for its first two frames.
The top two titles on the new Billboard 200 continue to fly the country flag, as Eric Church’s Mr. Misunderstood climbs a spot to No. 2 in its second chart week (65,000 units — down 14 percent; 58,000 in pure album sales — down 18 percent).
The chart’s highest new entry is Ellie Goulding’s Delirium, which debuts at No. 3 (61,000 units; 42,000 in pure album sales), giving the singer/songwriter her highest charting album yet. It surpasses the No. 9 debut and peak of her last studio effort, Halcyon, in 2012. Goulding also charted with her debut set, Lights (No. 21 in 2012) and an iTunes Session EP (No. 190 in 2013).
Goulding’s new album also marks the highest debut ever for the Cherrytree Records label (the album was released on Cherrytree through Interscope Records). It’s also the highest charting set for Cherrytree since 2010, when Lady Gaga’s The Fame spent three weeks in the top three (peaking at No. 2 on Jan. 16, 2010).
Delirium was led by the single “On My Mind.” It’s Goulding’s fifth top 20-charting track on the Billboard Hot 100, having reached No. 18 so far. The new album also contains her contribution to the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, “Love Me Like You Do,” which climbed to No. 3 earlier in 2015.
Another artist who was also on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, The Weeknd, rises one rung on the new Billboard 200 to No. 4 with his former No. 1 album Beauty Behind the Madness (46,000 units).
Country superstar Tim McGraw bows at No. 5 with Damn Country Music (43,000 units; 39,000 in pure album sales). It’s McGraw’s 17th top 10 album. His last studio set, 2014’s Sundown Heaven Town, debuted and peaked at No. 3 with 71,000 sold in its first week.
The Beatles’ successful greatest hits package 1 returns to the list, reentering at No. 6 with 40,000 units (up 1,528 percent) and with 39,000 sold (up 2,623 percent). The former No. 1 (which spent eight nonconsecutive weeks atop the list in 2000 and 2001) bounds back onto the chart following its reissue on Nov. 6. It was rereleased in a variety of new formats, including sets that boasted music videos for each of the album’s 27 songs.
The Now 56 compilation slips 4-7 in its second week with 38,000 units (down 34 percent), Fetty Wap’s self-titled debut dips 6-8 with 37,000 (down 7 percent) and Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller falls 2-9 in its third week with 33,000 (down 59 percent).
Closing out the top 10 is Sara Bareilles’ What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress, which starts at No. 10 with 30,000 units (27,000 from pure album sales). It’s the fifth top 10 effort for the singer/songwriter, who last hit the top 10 in 2013 with The Blessed Unrest (debuting and peaking at No. 2).
The new album features songs written for the stage musical Waitress, which will open on Broadway on April 24, 2016. (Bareilles wrote the show’s music and lyrics.)