Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize Boosts Streams By 53% & 'Essential' Album Debuts
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Nov. 5), Kings of Leon earned their first No. 1 album with the chart-topping arrival of Walls. The set earned 77,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 20, according to Nielsen Music. Also starting in the top 10: The Game’s 1992 at No. 4 and JoJo’s Mad Love at No. 6.
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:
— Sabrina Carpenter, Evolution - No. 28 — The singer/actress’ second full-length set — and first top 40 title — bows with 13,000 units (11,000 in traditional album sales). Her first full-length, 2015’s Eyes Wide Open, debuted and peaked at No. 43 with 12,000 units earned in its first week (10,000 sales).
— Kidz Bop Kids, Kidz Bop 33 - No. 40 — The new Kidz Bop 33 album has a rather soft start at No. 40 (12,000 units; 11,000 in traditional album sales). That’s the lowest sales launch for any of the 33 Kidz Bop albums, falling below the 16,000 launch of the very first Kidz Bop title, back in 2001.
Kidz Bop 33 is the lowest-charting Kidz Bop album -- in the main, numbered series of titles -- since the first Kidz Bop set debuted and peaked at No. 76. Since then, the second through 33rd volumes have all reached the top 40.
— Gucci Mane, Woptober - No. 43 — Gucci Mane becomes the second artist to reach the Billboard 200 with a streaming-exclusive album, as Woptober bows at No. 43. The set earned 11,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 20, according to Nielsen Music.
Earlier in 2016, Chance the Rapper’s streaming-only Coloring Book debuted at No. 8 (June 4).
Woptober launches with 16.37 million on-demand streams of its songs. Comparably, Coloring Book bowed with 57.34 million.
— Phil Collins, The Singles - No. 64 — Phil Collins logs his 12th charting effort with this new greatest hits set, The Singles. The two-disc version of the album includes 20 of his 21 top 40-charting hits on the Billboard Hot 100. (The only absent top 40 hit is “I Don’t Care Anymore,” which peaked at No. 39 in 1983.)
— Bob Dylan, The Essential Bob Dylan - No. 76 — Following news of Bob Dylan’s selection as the Nobel Prize winner in literature (Oct. 13), the legend’s 2014 best-of set, The Essential Bob Dylan, arrives at No. 76 with 7,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 20, according to Nielsen Music. It’s Dylan’s 68th charting album on the tally, and second in 2016, following the new studio effort Fallen Angels (which debuted and peaked at No. 7 in June).
In the week ending Oct. 20, Dylan’s total album sales grew 104 percent (to 19,000), while his on-demand audio and video streams jumped 53 percent (to 6.7 million).
— Beastie Boys, Licensed To Ill - No. 129 — Thanks to a 30th anniversary reissue of the album on vinyl, the set returns to the list at No. 129 with 5,000 units (4,000 in traditional album sales). The set bows at No. 3 on the Vinyl Albums chart, with nearly 3,000 copies sold of the configuration.
Licensed To Ill debuted on the Billboard 200 chart dated Nov. 29, 1986 at No. 92, marking the act’s first visit to the list. The album ascended to No. 1 on the March 7, 1987 chart, and spent a total of seven weeks at No. 1 – all consecutive.