Near-Record Eight Albums Debut in Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart

Sven Jacobsen
One Direction

Justin Bieber and One Direction lead the debut parade at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

A near-record eight debuts arrive in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Dec. 5), led by Justin Bieber’s Purpose at No. 1 and One Direction's Made in the A.M. at No. 2.

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It’s only the fourth time in chart history we’ve had eight debuts in the region. It last happened on the list dated May 21, 2011. Before that, it occurred on Dec. 4, 2010 and Oct. 17, 2009.

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 Dec. 5-dated chart (where Bieber is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Also starting in the top 10: Logic’s The Incredible True Story (No. 3), Jeezy’s Church In These Streets (No. 4), Chris Young’s I’m Comin’ Over (No. 5), Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Letters From the Labyrinth (No. 7), Alessia Cara’s Know-It-All (No. 9) and Kirk Franklin’s Losing My Religion (No. 10).

For One Direction, Made In the A.M. gives the vocal quartet its fifth straight album to debut in the top two of the chart, following four consecutive No. 1 albums. The new set launches with 459,000 in equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 19, according to Nielsen Music (of which 402,000 are in pure album sales). That sales start surpasses the bow of the group’s last album, 2014’s Four, which entered the list with 387,000 sold.

Rapper Logic launches at No. 3 on the new Billboard 200 with The Incredible True Story (135,000 units; 118,000 in album sales). It’s Logic’s best rank yet on the chart, and his highest sales frame. (He previously hit the top 10 with Under Pressure in 2014, which debuted and peaked at No. 4).

Jeezy jumps onto the new Billboard 200 at No. 4 with Church In These Streets (107,000 units; 98,000 in album sales). It’s his seventh consecutive top 10 album (his entire chart history), and follows the No. 2-peaking Seen In All: The Autobiography in 2014.

Country singer Chris Young debuts at No. 5 with I’m Comin’ Over (65,000 units; 57,000 in album sales). It’s the second-largest sales week for Young, as only the debut of his 2011 album Neon (73,000) was bigger.

The new album’s title track recently gave Young his sixth No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart (dated Nov. 28). It’s his first chart-topper on the list since 2012’s “You” (Feb. 11, 2012).

Last week’s No. 1, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, falls to No. 6 with 53,000 units (down 57 percent).

Trans-Siberian Orchestra collects its third top 10 album as Letters From the Labyrinth starts at No. 7 with 46,000 units (nearly all from pure album sales). The act also hit the region with Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night) (EP) in 2012 (No. 9) and Night Castle in 2009 (No. 5).

The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness drops 4-8 with 43,000 units (down 8 percent).

Nearly the end of the top 10, Alessia Cara’s debut full-length album Know-It-All arrives at No. 9 with 36,000 units (22,000 in pure album sales). The album was led by her hit single “Here,” which has so-far peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Rounding out the top 10 is gospel superstar Kirk Franklin with his new album Losing My Religion, which debuts at No. 10 with 35,000 units (33,000 in album sales). It’s the fifth top 10 effort for Franklin, who last hit the chart in 2011 with the No. 5-peaking Hello Fear.


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