Florida Georgia Line, Britney Spears & Young Thug Debut in Top 10 on Billboard 200
Plus: Beyonce and Rihanna make VMA-fueled gains.
Entertainment icon Barbra Streisand notches her 11th No. 1 album on the latest Billboard 200 chart with Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, while Florida Georgia Line, Britney Spears and Young Thug also score top 10 debuts.
Streisand’s all-star collaborative album Encore enters atop the tally with 149,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 1, according to Nielsen Music.
As previously reported, Encore extends her record for the most No. 1 albums among women, and ties her with Bruce Springsteen for the third-most among all acts. The only artists with more No. 1s are The Beatles, with a record 19 chart-toppers, and Jay Z, with 13.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Sept. 17-dated chart (where Encore debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Wednesday, Sept. 7 (one day later than normal, due to the Sept. 5 Labor Day holiday in the U.S).
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, country duo Florida Georgia Line bows with Dig Your Roots (145,000 units; 126,000 in traditional album sales). It’s the third top five-charting album for the pair, which saw its last set, 2014’s Anything Goes, open at No. 1 with 197,000 copies sold. The duo’s debut full-length album, Here’s to the Good Times, debuted at No. 10 in 2012, and rose to its No. 4 peak the following year.
The lead single from Dig Your Roots, "H.O.L.Y.," has led the Hot Country Songs chart for 17 weeks and counting, tying for the third-longest reign in the chart's history; FGL holds the mark with "Cruise" (24 weeks at No. 1 in 2012-13).
Pop diva Britney Spears collects her 10th top five Billboard 200 album, as her latest studio effort, Glory, enters at No. 3 (111,000 units; 88,000 in traditional album sales). Spears’ last studio set, 2013’s Britney Jean, debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 107,000 sold. The new album was led by the single “Make Me,” featuring G-Eazy, which has so far peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 20 on the Pop Songs airplay chart.
With Streisand, Florida Georgia Line and Spears each bowing with at least 100,000 units, it’s the first time that at least three new releases have launched with more than 100,000 since November of 2015. In the tracking week ending Nov. 19, 2015, Justin Bieber’s Purpose launched at No. 1 with 649,000 units, followed by the arrivals of One Direction’s Made in the A.M. (No. 2 with 460,000), Logic’s The Incredible True Story (No. 3 with 135,000) and Jeezy’s Church in These Streets (No. 4 with 107,000).
Back on the new Billboard 200, Drake’s former No. 1 Views slips two rungs to No. 4 (72,000 units; down 7 percent), Frank Ocean’s Blonde falls from No. 1 to No. 5 in its second week (67,000; down 78 percent) and the soundtrack to Suicide Squad dips 3-6 (63,000; down 17 percent).
Beyonce’s Lemonade leaps back into the top 10 -- rising 13-7 -- following her performance and multiple wins on the MTV Video Music Awards (Aug. 28). The diva performed a number of songs from Lemonade and she won video of the year for the album’s title track video. The Lemonade album sold 26,000 copies during the week -- up 106 percent.
At No. 8, rapper Young Thug clocks his third top 40 debut on the Billboard 200 of 2016 as Jeffery starts with 37,000 units (18,000 in traditional album sales). He previously notched a top 10 set with Slime Season 3 (No. 7 on the April 16-dated chart) and another top 40 title with I’m Up (No. 22 on Feb. 27).
Rihanna’s Anti moves 8-9 in the latest top 10 (32,000 units; up 18 percent) after her multiple performances on the VMAs, where she was honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Twenty One Pilots close out the top 10, as the duo’s Blurryface falls 6-10 with 30,000 units (down 8 percent).