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Chris Stapleton Surges to No. 2 on Billboard 200, Lukas Graham, Weezer and Twenty88 Debut in Top 10

Miller Mobley
“I didn’t expect to win any CMA Awards. It’s the superstars who usually win,” says Stapleton, photographed Jan. 13 at SIR in New York.

As Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller surges to No. 2, while three more sets bow in the top 10.

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The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new April 23-dated chart (where The Life of Pablo is No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, April 12.

As previously reported, The Life of Pablo starts at No. 1 with 94,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 7, according to Nielsen Music. Streaming equivalent albums comprised the majority of its overall unit start (66,000 of its 94,000 units).

Stapleton’s Traveller jumps from No. 8 to No. 2 with 73,000 units and a 138 percent gain, following his multiple wins and performance on the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3 (broadcast by CBS TV). That same day, he was additionally profiled on the network’s Sunday Morning program. In terms of traditional album sales, Traveller sold 59,000 copies, up 149 percent.

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Traveller first hit No. 1 in the wake of another awards show, the Country Music Association Awards (CMAs, Nov. 4), where he duetted with Justin Timberlake and won three trophies. Traveller re-entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1 following the CMAs, and spent two weeks in the penthouse.

Danish band Lukas Graham arrives at No. 3 with its self-titled U.S. debut, earning 59,000 units (with 34,000 in pure album sales). The set is powered by the group’s smash single “7 Years,” which was No. 2 (its peak) on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated April 16.

Lukas Graham nabs the largest first-week for a group’s debut full-length album in over a year, since Fifth Harmony’s Reflection debuted at No. 5 (Feb. 21, 2015-dated chart) with 80,000 units.

Weezer’s latest self-titled album, also known as White Album, launched at No. 4 on the new Billboard 200 with just over 49,000 units (45,000 in pure album sales). It’s the eighth top 10 effort for the band, and their fourth self-titled album.

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Hip-hop duo Twenty88 -- comprising Big Sean and Jhene Aiko -- start at No. 5 with their self-titled album, earning  49,000 units (40,000 in album sales).

As for the rest of the new top 10 on the Billboard 200, Rihanna’s Anti slips 3-6 (48,000 units; down 4 percent), Zayn’s Mind of Mine falls 1-7 (44,000; down 72 percent), Justin Bieber’s Purpose dips 4-8 (41,000; down 13 percent), Adele’s 25 descends 5-9 (36,000; down 23 percent) and Twenty One PilotsBlurryface moves 6-10 (30,000; down 28 percent).