Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Heart Returns, Sia Rises & Charlie Puth Jumps Back Into Top 40

Anna Knowlden


On the most recent Billboard 200 albums chart (dated July 30), Drake’s Views returned to the top slot, collecting a 10th nonconsecutive week at No. 1, earning 92,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 14 (according to Nielsen Music). The chart’s highest debut was ScHoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP, which bowed at No. 2 with 74,000 units.

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).

Drake's 'Views' Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200 for 10th Week

Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the latest Billboard 200 chart:

Sia, This Is Acting - No. 12 — The album moves ever closer to a return to the top 10, as it steps 14-12 with 24,000 units (up 22 percent). The album also gained 83 percent in traditional sales, to 7,000 for the week. This is the effort’s highest rank since its debut week on the list, Feb. 20, when it arrived at No. 4.

The Beatles, Abbey Road - No. 70 — Thanks to sale pricing and promotion in the iTunes Store, the Fab Four’s Abbey Road re-enters at No. 70 with 8,000 units (up 156 percent). It’s the set’s highest rank since Dec. 4, 2010, when it placed at No. 48.

Charlie Puth, Nine Track Mind - No. 35 — Charlie Puth’s Nine Track Mind (45-35, up 13 percent in units) is back in the top 40 for the first time since April 16. Its jump is owed to gains of its hot single “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” which breaks into the Billboard Hot 100’s top 40 (48-35).

Heart, Beautiful Broken - No. 105 — A little more than 40 years after Heart arrived on Billboard’s charts, the rock band returns with its new album, Beautiful Broken. The set, which is its debut effort for Concord Records, arrives at No. 105 with 6,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 14, according to Nielsen Music. (Nearly all of those units were driven by traditional album sales.)

The group, led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, made its Billboard chart debut back on April 10, 1976, when Dreamboat Annie sailed onto the Billboard 200 at No. 194. It later peaked at No. 7 on the Oct. 30, 1976-dated tally.

Beautiful Broken is Heart’s 19th charting album on the Billboard 200, but, notably, it's their lowest-charting album outside of a hits package (These Dreams… Heart’s Greatest Hits, No. 131 in 1997) and a live album (Rock the House Live!, No. 107 in 1991). However, the seemingly low debut of Beautiful Broken can likely be attributed to how the set is a quasi-archival album, where seven of its 10 tracks are reworkings of previously released Heart songs. The three new tunes include one cut co-written by Ne-Yo, “Two.”

Original Broadway Cast Recording, Waitress - No. 157 — The original Broadway cast recording of Waitress returns to the list, jumping back on at No. 157 with 4,000 units (up 248 percent) and nearly 4,000 in album sales (up 409 percent). The album comes back to the tally thanks to the CD release of the album on July 8. It had previously charted solely thanks to its digital album and its streaming availability.

BadBadNotGood, IV - No. 178 — Jazz act BadBadNotGood opens at No. 178 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on Heatseekers Albums with their latest album, IV (3,000 copies sold in the week ending July 14, according to Nielsen Music -- the group’s best sales week ever). The quartet’s new set boasts vocals from Future Islands’ Samuel Herring and Mick Jenkins, and follows BadBad’s collaborative set with Ghostface Killah, Sour Soul, in 2015.

Further, IV starts at No. 1 on both Contemporary Jazz Albums and the overall Jazz Albums chart. It’s the second leader on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart for the group, following III in 2014.


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