Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Rihanna's 'Anti' Stays Put in Top 10, Melanie Martinez Jumps Back Into Top 40
On the most recent Billboard 200 albums chart (dated May 14), Beyonce bounded in at No. 1 with her sixth straight chart topper, Lemonade, while the late Prince placed a record five albums in the top 10.
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).
Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the latest Billboard 200 chart:
— Rihanna, Anti - No. 5 — Rihanna's former No. 1 Anti album spends a 13th week in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 -- the longest any of the diva’s albums have spent in the region. Her previous longest rule in the top 10 was with Loud, which spent 12 frames in the top tier in 2010 and 2011. In total, the eight top 10 albums she’s earned have collected 59 weeks in the region.
— Melanie Martinez, Cry Baby - No. 38 — Melanie Martinez's album jumps back into the top 40 (43-38 with 13,000 units; up 6 percent) as its single “Pity Party” debuts on the Pop Songs airplay chart at No. 40. “Pity Party” is Martinez’s first hit on any of Billboard's airplay charts.
— Ruth B, The Intro (EP) - No. 87 — Ruth B's EP rises one rung with a 5 percent gain in units (to 8,000) while the set’s “Lost Boy” flirts with the top 20 of the Pop Songs chart. The single rises 24-21 with 17 percent increase in plays at the format in the week ending May 1.
— The Strumbellas, Hope - No. 98 — The folk/rock Canadian band the Strumbellas' first full-length album also enters at No. 3 on Folk Albums, and No. 9 on Alternative Albums. Concurrently, the band’s first charting single -- the set’s “Spirits” -- rises 4-3 on Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart.
— Candlebox, Disappearing In Airports - No. 112 — After a four-year absence from the chart, Candlebox returns with its sixth charting effort. 22 years ago this month, the band’s self-titled debut began its 41-week run in the top 40, peaking at No. 7.
— gnash, us - No. 177 — gnash's album is charting mostly from units earned from streaming equivalent units, thanks to the popularity of its song “I Hate U I Love U.” For the week, 67 percent of its units was driven by streams. The cut garnered 4.6 million streams during the tracking week ending April 28 -- a gain of 9 percent compared to the previous frame. The song moves 93-96 on the Billboard Hot 100 and concurrently jumps 41-38 on the Pop Digital Songs chart.