Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Grammy Nominees' Series Scores 23rd Top 40-Charting Album
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Feb. 11), John Mayer’s new EP, The Search for Everything: Wave One, debuted at No. 2 with 46,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Jan. 26, according to Nielsen Music. Meanwhile, The Weeknd’s Starboy stuck around at No. 1 for a fifth nonconsecutive frame, with 56,000 units (down 8 percent).
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, 2017 Grammy Nominees - No. 16 — The 2017 Grammy Nominees compilation debuts at No. 16 with 18,000 equivalent album units (all from album sales) earned in the week ending Jan. 26, according to Nielsen Music. The album boasts selections by artists nominated for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be presented on Feb. 12.
2017 Grammy Nominees is the 23rd top 40-charting Grammy Nominees album in the series, stretching back to the 1995 Grammy Nominees effort, which peaked at No. 26. Every one of the series’ main titles have reached the top 40. (From 1999 through 2001, there were spin-off sets that focused on rap and/or R&B nominations. They did not reach the top 40.)
15 Grammy Nominees albums have hit the top 10, and the highest charting sets are the 2013 and 2014 editions, which both peaked at No. 2.
— Kidz Bop Kids, Kidz Bop 34 - No. 14 — Kidz Bop Kids’ new Kidz Bop 34 arrives at No. 14 on the Billboard 200, starting with 17,000 equivalent album units earned and 16,000 in traditional album sales. It is the 33rd top 40-charting effort from the long-running brand, and the 49th title to chart on the tally. The very first Kidz Bop album debuted and peaked at No. 76 on the Oct. 27, 2001-dated list. In total, the series has sold 17.1 million albums in the U.S. Over on the Kid Albums chart, the set starts at No. 1 -- the 36th leader for the line on the chart.
— Panic! at the Disco, Death of a Bachelor - No. 24 — The album rises 31-24 with a 21 percent increase in equivalent album units (rising to 15,000) following the act’s buzzy performance of the set’s title track on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Jan. 19.
— Jacob Sartorius, The Last Text EP - No. 32 — Former Billboard cover star Jacob Sartorius takes a bow at No. 32 on the Billboard 200 with his debut set, The Last Text EP (12,000 units; 9,000 sold). The set also enters at No. 1 on the Independent Albums chart and No. 5 on the Digital Albums chart. The 14-year-old rose to fame thanks to his popularity on the Musical.ly app, which led to him sharing cover space on the Oct. 29, 2016, edition of the magazine. Sartorius is currently on tour, with dates lined up in Europe and the U.S. through May 7 in New York.
— Young Thug, Jeffery - No. 152 — The album climbs with a 14 percent unit gain (to 5,000 units), owed in part to the popularity of its single “Wyclef Jean,” which collected 2.7 million on-demand audio streams for the week (up 25 percent).