Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Twenty One Pilots' 'Blurryface' Surpasses 1 Million U.S. Sales
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).
Let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the chart:
— Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface – No. 3 — Twenty One Pilots celebrates its first million-selling album in the U.S., as Blurryface crosses the million sales mark. The album sold another 13,000 copies in the week ending July 21, according to Nielsen Music, bringing its total sales to 1.005 million. Sixty-two weeks ago, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and the set has never left the top 40.
On the latest chart, the set rises 4-3 with 36,000 units earned (up less than 1 percent), notching the album’s highest rank since the Jan. 23-dated list, when it also placed at No. 3.
Here are the sales of the act’s previous full-length albums: Vessel (released in 2013; 569,000 sold), Regional at Best (2011; 3,000 — the album has been out of print since 2012) and its self-titled debut effort (2009; 115,000).
— Soundtrack, Ghostbusters – No. 18 — The soundtrack to the Ghostbusters redux debuts at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 with 19,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 21, according to Nielsen Music. Of the album’s total units for the week, 10,000 were in traditional album sales, while a sturdy 8,000 units were generated by track equivalent albums -- thanks to the solid sales of its cuts like 5 Seconds of Summer’s new “Girls Talk Boys” (46,000 downloads sold).
The new Ghostbusters album is the third Ghostbusters soundtrack to reach the top 20, following the first film’s companion set (No. 6 peak in 1984) and Ghostbusters II (No. 14 in 1989).
Notably, the new Ghostbusters album is just the fourth soundtrack to reach the top 20 in 2016, following Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain and TV soundtrack The Passion: New Orleans.
With the new Ghostbusters’ 10,000 sold, the collection also enters at No. 1 on the Soundtracks chart, where the original Ghostbusters soundtrack spirits its way up the chart, rising 18-10.
— Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams – No. 32 — Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams jumps back into the Billboard 200’s top 40 (45-32 with 14,000 units; up 35 percent) for the first time since the April 2-dated list. The rise is concurrent with the band’s U.S. tour launch on July 16 in New Jersey. The trek continues across America through Sept. 3 in Santa Clara, Calif.
— Michael Jackson, Number Ones – No. 59 — Michael Jackson’s greatest-hits collection Number Ones flies back onto the Billboard 200 at No. 59 with 9,000 equivalent album units (up 523 percent) in the week ending July 21, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 5,000 were traditional album sales (up 263 percent). The gain is owed to a $5.99 sale price in the iTunes Store, which led to a 1,104 percent rise in download sales. With 5.3 million sold, Number Ones is Jackson’s best-selling hits package in the Nielsen era (1991-present), and third-biggest seller overall in that span of time (behind Thriller, with 6.7 million, and Dangerous, with 6.5 million).
— Dave Matthews Band, Crash – No. 89 — Dave Matthews Band’s Crash charges back onto the Billboard 200 for the first time since 1998, as the set re-enters at No. 89. The return is owed to the album’s vinyl LP debut on July 15, which helped generate a big sales and unit gain for the set. The album climbs back onto the list with 7,000 units earned (up 491 percent) and 6,000 sold (up 1,432 percent). Ninety percent of the album’s sales for the week were vinyl LPs, which enables its No. 1 debut on the Vinyl Albums chart. Crash originally debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1996.
— Gwen Stefani, This Is What the Truth Feels Like – No. 114 – Following Stefani’s July 15 performance on NBC’s Today and July 20 interview on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show, her album returns to the list with 6,000 units (up 83 percent), with 4,000 of that sum in album sales (up 108 percent).
— Snoop Dogg, Coolaid – No. 120 — The CD bow of Coolaid on July 15 yields an overall 59 percent unit gain for the album (to 6,000) for the week. Coolaid was initially released as a stream on June 29, followed by its commercial digital debut on July 1.