Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Stevie Nicks' 'Bella Donna' Returns, Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Gains
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Nov. 26), Bon Jovi notched its sixth No. 1 album with the debut of This House Is Not For Sale. The set earned 129,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 10, according to Nielsen Music, of which 128,000 were in traditional album sales.
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.
-- Various Artists, Now 60 - No. 7: The long-running Now That’s What I Call Music series sees the 60th volume in its main, numbered collection arrive at No. 7 with 36,000 units (all from traditional album sales). All 60 of the main, numbered Now albums have reached the top 10.
Meanwhile, over on the Top Holiday Albums chart, another Now-branded compilation -- Now That’s What I Call a Merry Christmas, zooms up the list. It climbs 26-15 with 4,000 sold in the latest tracking week (up 89 percent).
The album is the tenth Christmas title from the Now series, including two country-specific holiday albums. Collectively, the 10 albums have sold 8 million in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, and the first nine albums all reached the top 10 on the Top Holiday Albums chart.
The series got off to a robust start with 2001’s Now That’s What I Call Christmas!, which spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Top Holiday Albums chart and has sold 3.51 million. On the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, the set peaked at No. 3, making it the highest-charting Christmas compilation ever.
-- Michael Buble, Christmas - No. 45: The singer’s former No. 1 album roars up the tally, flying from No. 129 to No. 45 with 10,000 units (up 91 percent) and 7,000 in album sales (up 108 percent). The blockbuster set spent five weeks atop the chart following its 2011 debut. In total, it has sold 3.9 million copies and is Buble’s best-selling release.
-- Stevie Nicks, Bella Donna (Deluxe Edition) - No. 128: A new expanded version of Stevie Nicks’ 1981 solo debut album, Bella Donna, arrives on the chart with 5,000 units earned. The original album reached No. 1, and remains Nicks’ only solo chart-topper.
The revamped deluxe title -- which features 25 additional tracks -- charts separately from the original album, and its sales history is also tracked independently of the original release.
The original Bella Donna album climbed to No. 1 on the list dated Sept. 5, 1981 and also marked the icon’s first of so-far nine top 40-charting efforts. She most recently visited the top 40 with her 2014 album 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, which debuted and peaked at No. 7.
Bella Donna also sports the most top 40-charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 of any Nicks album, as it launched four hits into the region. Its lead-off single, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, peaked at No. 3 (for six weeks!). It was followed by “Leather and Lace,” with Don Henley (which reached No. 6), “Edge of Seventeen” (No. 11) and “After the Glitter Fades” (No. 32).
-- Susan Boyle, A Wonderful World - No. 150: Susan Boyle’s seventh album in as many years, A Wonderful World, bows with 5,000 units (nearly all from traditional album sales). Boyle’s first six releases all reached the top 40, including two No. 1s.
The vocalist made a splashy debut at No. 1 with her first album, I Dreamed a Dream, on the list dated Dec. 12, 2009. The set spent its first six weeks on the chart at No. 1, and in that span of time, sold a whopping 3 million copies. A year later, she topped the list again with the holiday-themed The Gift (spending four weeks at No. 1). She kept up the pace in the following years with Someone to Watch Over Me (No. 4 in 2011), Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From the Stage (No. 12 in 2012), Home for Christmas (No. 17 in 2013), Hope (No. 16 in 2014) and now A Wonderful World.
In total, Boyle has sold 7.9 million albums in the U.S.
-- George Strait, Strait for the Holidays - No. 152: George Strait’s Walmart-exclusive Strait for the Holidays bows at No. 152 with 5,000 units (nearly all from traditional album sales). The 30-track, two-CD album was released on Oct. 30 and marks Strait’s 41st entry on the Billboard 200. The album is essentially a compilation of Strait’s three previous Christmas efforts: Merry Christmas Strait to You! (released in 1986), Merry Christmas Wherever You Are (1999) and Fresh Cut Christmas (released exclusively through Hallmark stores in 2006, and then to all retail in 2008 under a new title, Classic Christmas).