Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Miles Davis Makes 'Beautiful' Return With Highest-Charting Album in 29 Years
On the most recent Billboard 200 albums chart (dated June 18), Drake’s Views was unstoppable at No. 1, as the set racked up a fifth straight week at atop the list. As for the rest of the top 10, Dierks Bentley’s Black started at No. 2, Fifth Harmony’s 7/27 flew in at No. 4 and Flume’s Skin bowed at No. 8. 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:
— Miles Davis & Robert Glasper, Everything’s Beautiful - No. 152 — Jazz great Miles Davis notches his highest charting album since 1986 on the Billboard 200, as his new collaborative effort with Robert Glasper, Everything’s Beautiful, debuts at No. 152. It is Davis’ highest charting set since 1986, when Tutu peaked at No. 141 on Nov. 15 and 22 of that year.
The new album, produced by Glasper, reworks material by Davis (including outtakes) from his Columbia Records catalog, and blends them with contributions from artists like Bilal, Ledisi, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu and John Scofield.
The new album also debuts at No. 1 on the overall Jazz Albums chart, and the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. (The overall list combines both contemporary and traditional jazz albums.) The set is both Davis and Glapser’s third No. 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. Glasper last led the list for 13 weeks in 2013 and 2014 with Black Radio 2, while Davis previously topped the chart with 1992’s Doo-Bop.
While the new album doesn’t chart on the Traditional Jazz Albums chart, it should be noted that Davis has logged an impressive catalog of hits on the list. Since the chart launched in 1967, 10 of Davis’ albums — including the iconic Grammy Award-winning Bitches Brew — have reached No. 1. That album also remains his only top 40-charting set on the Billboard 200, reaching No. 35 in 1970
— G-Eazy, When It’s Dark Out - No. 17 — The album rebounds up the list (26-17) after it was sale priced and promoted in the iTunes Store for $5.99. The set rallies with 22,000 units earned in the week ending June 2 (up 34 percent) and 9,000 in pure album sales (surging 204 percent).
— Selena Gomez, Revival - No. 45 —As the album’s latest single, “Kill 'Em With Kindness” continues to make inroads on the charts, Revival heads back up the list (58-45 — its highest rank since the April 30 chart, when it was No. 41). The set earned nearly 12,000 units in the latest tracking week (up 8 percent), with a little over 2,000 copies sold (up 4 percent). Just over half of the album’s units were tallied by SEA units (6,000 units -- up 5 percent). Meanwhile, “Kill ‘Em With Kindness” debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 74, marking the fourth single from Revival to chart on the list. It follows “Good For You” (No. 5, featuring A$AP Rocky), “Same Old Love” (No. 5) and “Hands To Myself” (No. 7).
— Kendrick Lamar, Untitled Unmastered - No. 111 — Like G-Eazy at No. 17, Lamar’s album was also sale priced in the iTunes Store for $5.99, and in turn, it scores a 187 percent download sales increase (to 3,000 digital sales for the week). The set races 134-64 on the tally with 9,000 overall units (up 65 percent). The album’s sales bump was also aided by the release of the set on vinyl LP on May 27. The LP debuts at No. 4 on the Vinyl Albums chart, with 2,000 sold.
— Fifth Harmony, Reflection - No. 65 — The girl group’s album returns to the list at No. 65 with 8,000 units (up 182 percent) as the act’s new album, 7/27, bows at No. 4. (It’s common for the publicity and promotion surrounding an artist’s new album to positively impact their previous releases.) Reflection jumps back onto the list for the first time since the Jan. 23-dated chart, and also earns its highest rank since the Sept. 26, 2015 list (when it was at No. 59).
— Various Artists, Now That’s What I Call a Workout 2016 - No. 171 — Now That’s What I Call a Workout 2016 is the 117th Now compilation to chart on the Billboard 200. In total, all 58 of the regular, numbered albums in the main series have charted (and all have reached the top 10). Another 59 genre-specific Now albums have reached the list, including titles like Now That’s What I Call Disney Princess, Now That’s What I Call Broadway and Now That’s What I Call Christmas.
The new digital-exclusive compilation was released in December of 2015, but finally enters the chart after sale pricing and promotion triggers a 30 percent sales gain for the set (rising to a little more than 4,000 for the week). That is the album’s second largest sales frame, following it debut over slightly more than 4,000 in the week ending Dec. 24, 2015. (Billboard rounds all Nielsen sales figures to the nearest thousand, but the album’s debut week was a couple hundred copies ahead of the latest week.)