Bon Jovi Earns Sixth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart
Bon Jovi’s new album This House Is Not for Sale debuts atop the Billboard 200 chart, giving the rock band its sixth No. 1. The set earned 129,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 10, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 128,000 were in traditional album sales.
The title was released on Nov. 4 through Island Records.
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 Nov. 26-dated chart (where Bon Jovi bows at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
This House Is Not for Sale is the group’s 13th top 10-charting album, and follows the group’s previous No. 1s: What About Now (in 2013), The Circle (2009), Lost Highway (2007), New Jersey (1988) and Slippery When Wet (1986).
A handsome amount of the sales of the new album are driven by a concert ticket/album sale promotion. The group has employed a similar offer for previous releases, as have artists ranging from Justin Bieber and Josh Groban to Shawn Mendes and Barbra Streisand.
The opening sales frame of This House Is Not for Sale is the largest for a rock album in three months, since the Suicide Squad soundtrack bowed with a handful of sales more on the Aug. 27-dated list. (The last rock act to score a larger week was Blink-182, four months ago, with the bow of its California album. It started at No. 1 with 186,000 units and 172,000 in album sales.)
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200 is Alicia Keys’ new studio effort, Here, which starts with 50,000 units (42,000 in traditional album sales). It’s Keys’ seventh top 10 album, and all six of her studio sets have reached the top two on the list. She bowed at No. 1 with her first album, 2001’s Songs in A Minor, and then followed it with The Diary of Alicia Keys (No. 1 in 2003), the live album Unplugged (No. 1 in 2005), As I Am (No. 1 in 2007), The Element of Freedom (No. 2 in 2010) and Girl on Fire (No. 1 in 2012). She charted one further title, 2013’s VH1 Storytellers, which peaked at No. 108.
The Trolls film soundtrack flies from No. 39 to a new peak of No. 3 with 47,000 units (up 293 percent) and 36,000 in album sales (up 449 percent). The movie bowed in U.S. theaters on Nov. 4, the first day of the chart’s latest tracking week.
Trolls is the fifth soundtrack to visit the top 10 in 2016, following Suicide Squad, Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain, the TV soundtrack The Passion: New Orleans and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas rises two rungs to No. 4, with 46,000 units (up 13 percent) and 41,000 in album sales (up 13 percent). Meanwhile, the group’s previous holiday effort, That’s Christmas to Me, jumps 87-36 with 13,000 units (up 73 percent) and 10,000 copies sold (up 85 percent).
Rae Sremmurd’s Sremmlife 2 hits a new peak, catapulting 21-5 with 39,000 units (up 126 percent), but just 3,000 sold (up 65 percent). The album originally debuted and peaked at No. 7 on the Sept. 3-dated chart. Nearly 21,000 units of the album’s total in the latest tracking frame was driven by streaming equivalent album units, powered by the set’s gone-viral hit “Black Beatles.” The track has gained in popularity in the past two weeks, thanks largely to consumers discovering the song through its use in Mannequin Challenge videos. The song is challenging The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” for the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated Nov. 16.
The top 10 of the list is scheduled to be revealed Monday (Nov. 14).
Speaking of The Chainsmokers, the duo’s five-song EP Collage bows at No. 6 with 39,000 units (9,000 in traditional album sales). The set acts as a mini-greatest hits package, as four of the five songs are previously released hits, including the smashes “Closer” and “Don’t Let Me Down.”
The Now 60 compilation starts at No. 7 with 36,000 units (all from traditional album sales), extending the Now That’s What I Call Music compilation series’ hot streak on the chart. All 60 of the brand’s main, numbered albums have reached the top 10, and Nos. 2-60 have all debuted in the region.
Rounding out the new top 10 is Drake’s Views (which falls 7-8 with 32,000 units; down 10 percent), the Hamilton Broadway cast recording (holding at No. 9 with 30,000 units; up 16 percent) and Kenny Chesney’s Cosmic Hallelujah (2-10 with 29,000 units; down 68 percent).