Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Ariana Grande's 'Dangerous' VMA Gain, Carly Rae Jepsen's 'B-Side' Set Debuts
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Sept. 17), Barbra Streisand scored her 11th No. 1 album with the chart-topping debut of Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. The all-star set earned 149,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 1, according to Nielsen Music. Elsewhere in the top 10, Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots kicked in at No. 2, while Britney Spears’ Glory debuted at No. 3.
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:
— Ariana Grande, Dangerous Woman - No. 14 — Following Ariana Grande's performance of the album’s “Side to Side” on the MTV Video Music Awards (Aug. 28), the set scoots 15-14 with a 32 percent unit gain, rising to 23,000 units earned during the week. It’s the largest percentage gain for a title on the chart. The album, which debuted and peaked at No. 2, has yet to depart the top 20 of the chart in its entire 15-week chart run.
Other VMA performers who see at least 10 percent gains for their albums include: Nick Jonas (Last Year Was Complicated, rising 132-107 with 6,000 units; up 19 percent), Rihanna (Anti, 8-9 with 32,000 units; up 18 percent), The Chainsmokers (Bouquet, 140-123 with 6,000 units; up 16 percent) and G-Eazy (When It’s Dark Out, 37-32 with 13,000 units; up 10 percent).
VMA pre-show performers Lukas Graham, Troye Sivan and Alessia Cara also gain: Lukas Graham’s self-titled album climbs 48-31 (13,000 units; up 24 percent), Sivan’s Blue Neighbourhood jumps 130-117 (6,000 units; up 11 percent) and Cara’s Know-It-All rises 90-78 (8,000 units; up 12 percent).
— Ingrid Michaelson, It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense - No. 19 — Ingrid Michaelson collects her sixth entry on the Billboard 200 with her latest album. It bows with 17,000 units (14,000 in pure album sales). Her last album, Lights Out, debuted and peaked at No. 5 (37,000 sold first week).
The new set was led by the single “Hello No,” which has so far peaked at No. 14 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart -- her sixth charting effort on the list.
— Juan Gabriel, Mis Numero 1… 40 Aniversario - No. 28 — Late Latin superstar Juan Gabriel, who died Aug. 28, earns his second top 40-charting album with this greatest-hits compilation. The 2015 release, which reached No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart that year, enters the all-genre Billboard 200 in the wake of his death, earning 14,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 1 (9,000 from traditional album sales). Gabriel -- who notched 5 No. 1s on the Top Latin Albums chart in his lifetime -- visited the top 40 of the Billboard 200 just once before, with the 2015 collaborations set Los Duo (No. 25).
Gabriel also re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 56 with Los Duo 2 (the sequel to his first Duo collaborative album), at No. 88 with Los Duo, and bows at No. 128 with the last album his released while alive, Vestido de Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes.
— Carly Rae Jepsen, E*MO*TION: Side B - No. 62 — Carly Rae Jepsen’s E*MO*TION album, which arrived one year ago (Sept. 17, 2015-dated chart) at No. 16 spawns a second set, as E*MO*TION: Side B, debuts at No. 62. The new nine-song effort features tracks that didn’t make the first album. Side B bows with 9,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 1, according to Nielsen Music, and enters mostly off the strength of traditional album sales (just over 7,000 copies sold).
— Banks & Steelz, Anything But Words - No. 186 — Interpol’s Paul Banks and rapper RZA pair up for this alt-rock-meets-hip-hop set, which bows with 4,000 units (mostly from pure album sales). It also debuts at No. 15 on Alternative Albums and No. 11 on Rap Albums. The unlikely collaboration came to fruition after the pair bonded over drinks at a New York club in 2011. The set also sports guests like Ghostface Killah, Kool Keith, Florence Welch and Method Man.