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Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Pentatonix & 47 More Holiday Albums Shine Bright on List

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Pentatonix performs on "It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown," on ABC on Nov. 30, 2015.

On the most recent Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Dec. 19), Adele ruled the list for a second week with 25. The highest debut on the tally came from Erykah Badu at No. 14, where the singer/songwriter’s new But You Caint Use My Phone arrived with 35,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Dec. 3 (according to Nielsen Music).

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

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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 RimesToday Is Christmas (No. 183) and Kenny RogersOnce Again It’s Christmas (No. 197).