Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Luke Bryan Scores His Fourth Million-Selling Album

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Luke Bryan performs during the 2016 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn.

Plus: Over half of the top 25 albums are powered mostly by streams, including titles by Fifth Harmony and Chance the Rapper.

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated July 23) Blink-182’s California debuted at No. 1, bumping Drake’s Views from the top of the chart after a nine-week reign. California is the rock band’s second No. 1, and comes a little over 15 years after its first: Take Off Your Pants and Jacket.

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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Let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the chart:

Desiigner, New English – No. 22 — 13 albums in the top 25 of the Billboard 200 this week are powered largely by streams, including the arriving New English by Desiigner. It starts at No. 22 with 16,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 7, according to Nielsen Music, with streams comprising 56 percent of that sum). The other titles in the top 25 with more than half their units coming from streams are: Drake’s Views (No. 2, 53 percent), Rihanna’s Anti (No. 6, 57 percent), the Epic AF compilation (No. 9, 61 percent), Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman (No. 13, 54 percent), Bryson Tiller’s Trapsoul (No. 15, 66 percent), Logic’s Bobby Tarantino (No. 16, 95 percent), Justin Bieber’s Purpose (No. 18, 57 percent), Kevin GatesIslah (No. 19, 54 percent), Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo (No. 20, 92 percent), Fifth Harmony’s 7/27 (No. 21, 53 percent), Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book (No. 24, 100 percent) and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness (No. 25, 60 percent).

Grace, FMA – No. 34 — In the same week the album’s single “You Don’t Own Me” hits a new peak on the Billboard Hot 100 (rising 75-58), the 19-year-old Australian singer’s debut album starts with 12,000 units (with 6,000 in traditional album sales).

Luke Bryan, Kill the Lights – No. 46 – Luke Bryan nabs his fourth million-selling album, as Kill the Lights has now surpassed 1 million copies sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. The set sold another 5,000 copies in the week ending July 7, bringing its cumulative sum just over 1 million. Kill the Lights debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart dated Aug. 29, 2015, and has yet to depart the tally. This week, it dips 39-46. Kill the Lights joins Bryan’s three previous million-sellers: 2009’s Doin’ My Thing (1.001 million -- it crossed the million mark in the week ending Feb. 25), 2011’s Tailgates & Tanlines (2.53 million) and 2013’s Crash My Party (2.6 million). Bryan will next dent the chart with the EP Farm Tour… Here’s to the Farmer, due Sept. 23. The set precedes his annual Farm Tour, which will kick off Oct. 5. A portion of the proceeds from the trek provide scholarships to students from farming families or students studying agriculture within their community.

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Rachel Platten, Wildfire – No. 58 — The album climbs to its highest rank (120-58) since the March 5 chart (when it was No. 56) thanks to reaction following Platten’s performance on NBC’s Today on July 1. The set rises with a big 59 percent unit gain.

Various Artists, Eric Clapton and Guests: Crossroads Revisited – No. 122 — the Eric Clapton-led compilation Eric Clapton and Guests: Crossroads Revisited debuts at No. 122 (6,000 equivalent album units earned -- all from pure album sales), while also launching at No. 33 on Top Album Sales. The new 41-track live album highlights performances from Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festivals in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Sara Watkins, Young in All the Wrong Ways – No. 200 — Singer/songwriter Sara Watkins anchors the chart with the arrival of her third solo album, Young in All the Wrong Ways (4,000 units; 3,000 copies sold). It’s the Grammy Award winner’s first solo effort on the chart, though she has visited the list as part of the country/bluegrass trio Nickel Creek. That group has notched five entries on the list, including a top 10 set: A Dotted Line, which debuted and peaked at No. 7 in 2014. Young in All the Wrong Ways also launches at No. 1 on Heatseekers Albums, giving Watkins her first solo No. 1 on a national Billboard chart. Watkins previously visited the tally with her two earlier efforts: 2012’s Sun Midnight Sun (No. 16) and 2009’s self-titled album (No. 13).

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