The latest Billboard 200 is especially festive, as the holiday season kicks into gear and consumers start buying and streaming Christmas tunes.
In total, 48 holiday albums dot the 200-position chart, led by Pentatonix’s That’s Christmas to Me at No. 3 (up three spots) with 94,000 units (up 54 percent).
Following Pentatonix, we find Michael Buble’s former No. 1, Christmas, climbing 28-9 (41,000 units; up 77 percent), while Chris Tomlin’s Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship rises 51-17 (30,000 units; up 158 percent).
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The next holiday set on the list is Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas, which returns to the top 40 for the first time in nearly 21 years. It jumps 53-39 (17,000 units; up 50 percent) for its first visit to the top 40 since the Jan. 14, 1995-dated list (when it ranked at No. 17).
Notable new entries on the chart — of the holiday variety — India.Arie and Joe Sample’s Christmas With Friends (No. 129), Elvis Presley’s Elvis: Ultimate Christmas (No. 170), LeAnn Rimes’ Today Is Christmas (No. 183) and Kenny Rogers’ Once Again It’s Christmas (No. 197).