Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Eagles' 'Hits' Back to Top 40, 'Stranger Things, Volume Two' Bows
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Sept. 10), Frank Ocean’s Blonde bowed at No. 1, earning 276,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 25, according to Nielsen Music. It gave Ocean his first No. 1, after he previously peaked at No. 2 with his Channel Orange debut in 2012.
Elsewhere in the new top 10, Tory Lanez’s I Told You started at No. 4 and Lindsey Stirling’s Brave Enough launched at No. 5.
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:
— PARTYNEXTDOOR, PARTYNEXTDOOR 3 (P3) - No. 25 — The album is the 12th set to debut in the top three in 2016 and then fall straight out of the top 20, as the set tumbles from No. 3 to No. 25 with 14,000 units (down 72 percent). The largest positional fall from the top three (so far) this year belongs to NEEDTOBREATHE’s HARD LOVE, which collapsed 50 slots from No. 2 to No. 52 on the Aug. 13-dated list.
— Frank Ocean, Channel Orange - No. 27 — Frank Ocean’s debut album Channel Orange vaults from No. 142 to No. 27 in the wake of the release of his latest effort, Blonde, which starts at No. 1. Channel Orange earned 13,000 units for the week (up 177 percent) and was up in album sales (5,000; up 378 percent), TEA (1,000; up 164 percent) and SEA (8,000; up 123 percent). The album hasn’t ranked this high on the Billboard 200 in nearly four years, since the Sept. 29, 2012-dated list, when it placed at No. 25.
— Eagles, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 - No. 35 — The album, released in 1976, jumps back into the top 40, thanks to a 99-cent sale price in the Google Play store. The greatest hits package rises 82-35 with 12,000 units (up 71 percent) and 10,000 copies sold (up 95 percent). Digital downloads made up nearly all of that sales sum for the week (just over 9,000) and the set concurrently climbs 20-6 on the Digital Albums chart.
The rise on the Billboard 200 for Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 gives the set its 61st total week in the top 40. The album spent five weeks at No. 1 in 1976, and has sold 29 million copies in the U.S. according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
— Watsky, x Infinity - No. 58 — Hip-hop poet Watsky scores his third entry on the Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of x Infinity at No. 58 (10,000 units; 8,000 from pure album sales). The set also debuts at No. 4 on Rap Albums – his third consecutive album to debut (and peak) at No. 4. It follows All You Can Do (2014) and Cardboard Castles (2013).
— Jake Miller, Overnight (EP) - No. 125 — Jake Miller claims his fifth charting album on the Billboard 200 – and third straight EP arrival – with the No. 125 bow of Overnight (EP). The effort earned nearly 6,000 units (mostly from pure album sales – almost 5,000). The new set’s title track hit No. 22 on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart (dated Aug. 27) – the fourth charting tune for Miller on that list. In 2014 he notched a trio of entries, going as high as No. 6 with “First Flight Home.”
— Soundtrack, Stranger Things, Volume Two - No. 177 — The second volume of music from the hit Netflix series enters at No. 177 with 4,000 units (and at No. 2 on the Soundtracks chart with almost 4,000 sold). A week earlier, the first installment of Stranger Things music started at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 with 14,000 units. On Aug. 31, Netflix announced that Stranger Things 2 will premiere in 2017.