Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Sia Rises, Christmas Albums Begin to Arrive, David Bowie's 'Lazarus' Debuts
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Nov. 12), Lady Gaga’s Joanne bowed at No. 1, giving the pop diva her fourth leader on the tally. The set was one of seven debuts in the top 10, with new arrivals from Michael Bublé, Pentatonix, Korn, Chris Tomlin, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Leonard Cohen dotting the region.
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:
— Michael Bublé, Nobody but Me - No. 2 — Michael Bublé notches his seventh top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with the No. 2 arrival of his new Nobody but Me. It earned 91,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 27, according to Nielsen Music. Among the tracks on the album is “Someday,” which features Meghan Trainor. It was co-written by Trainor and One Direction’s Harry Styles, and was the album’s best-selling digital song of the week (8,000 sold). It debuts at No. 32 on Pop Digital Song Sales.
— Pentatonix, A Pentatonix Christmas - No. 3 — Pentatonix’s third holiday effort, A Penatonix Christmas, jingles its way to at No. 3 debut on the Billboard 200 with 60,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 27, according to Nielsen Music. With 52,000 in traditional album sales, it also launches at No. 4 on Top Album Sales and No. 1 on Holiday Albums.
In total, five new Christmas albums debut in the top 100 of the Billboard 200, led by Pentatonix. In addition, Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s The Ghosts of Christmas Eve bows at No. 6 (27,000), followed by Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas at No. 14 (12,000), Lauren Daigle’s Behold: A Christmas Collection at No. 26 (8,000) and Sarah McLachlan’s Wonderland at No. 31 (7,000). The five titles also place at Nos. 1-5, respectively, on the Holiday Albums chart.
Of those five acts, all but Daigle have charted at least one previous entry on the Holiday Albums chart. Trans-Siberian Orchestra has logged seven in total (including the new effort), Amy Grant has 10, Pentatonix has three, and McLachlan’s latest is her second holiday effort to chart.
— Sia, This Is Acting - No. 11 — The album rebounds 18-11 (25,000 units; up 48 percent) following its deluxe reissue on Oct. 21. The version has seven bonus tracks, including her current Billboard Hot 100 hit “The Greatest.” The song, which features Kendrick Lamar, concurrently rises 25-19 on the chart, granting Sia her sixth top 20-charting hit.
— Elvis Presley With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Wonder of You - No. 47 — Elvis Presley’s The Wonder of You, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, bows at No. 47 (10,000 units). The set marries Presley’s original vocals from familiar old songs like “Suspicious Minds” with new orchestral accompaniment. It’s the follow-up to 2015’s If I Can Dream, which peaked at No. 9 (20,000 first-week units).
— Soundtrack, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again - No. 107 — The companion soundtrack to the Fox TV revamp of the musical film bows with 6,000 units (4,000 in traditional album sales), and at No. 2 on the Soundtracks chart.
The TV special premiered on Oct. 20, while the soundtrack was released the following day.
The original Rocky Horror Picture Show film soundtrack peaked at No. 49 in 1978, and was certified gold in 1981 by the Recording Industry Association of America, recognizing the album’s sales of 500,000 copies in the U.S.
The various versions of the original Rocky Horror film soundtrack have sold a combined 983,000 copies in the U.S. since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.
Before the new Fox redux, another Fox property, the musical series Glee, released its own Rocky Horror tribute in 2010. That soundtrack, Glee: The Rock Horror Glee Show (which soundtracked a special Rocky Horror-themed episode of the series), debuted and peaked at No. 6 in 2010. It has sold 185,000 copies.
— Original Cast Recording, Lazarus - No. 129 — The original cast recording of David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s musical, Lazarus, debuts at No. 129 on the Billboard 200 (5,000 units, nearly all from album sales) and at No. 2 on Top Cast Albums (behind the Hamilton cast set). Lazarus ran off-Broadway from Dec. 7, 2015 - Jan. 20, 2016. It premiered in London on Oct. 25 and is scheduled to run through Jan. 22, 2017.