Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Trolls' Soundtrack Hits Half-Million Sales, Elliott Smith's 'Either/Or' Debuts
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated April 1), Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) held firm for a second week atop the list, earning 180,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 16, according to Nielsen Music. Just one album debuted in the new top 10: the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack at No. 3.
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:
— Soundtrack, Trolls – No. 10 — As the Trolls soundtrack (No. 10 on the Billboard 200) sold another 19,000 copies in the week ending March 16, according to Nielsen Music, the set’s total sales pass the half-million mark (to 513,000). It’s the second soundtrack released in the past 12 months to cross the sales threshold, following the Suicide Squad album (536,000). Meanwhile, the Moana soundtrack (No. 5) is heading towards half-million mark, too: its sales climb 28,000 (up 37 percent) to 410,000 in total.
The Trolls soundtrack has benefited from a flurry of promotion in the past two months. It was released on digital home video on Jan. 24 and then reached DVD and Blu-ray on Feb. 7. A few weeks later, on Feb. 26, Justin Timberlake opened the Academy Awards with a performance of the film’s best original song-nominated tune, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
— Soundtrack, Nashville: Season 5, Volume 1 – No. 65 — The first CMT-aired season of the musical drama series sees its companion album bow with 8,000 equivalent album units earned (5,000 in traditional album sales). ABC aired the show for its first four seasons.
The new set is the 11th charting Nashville-related album on the Billboard 200, following eight earlier soundtracks (two from each of the four seasons), a Christmas album, and a live release.
— Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway - No. 104 — A number of titles earn gains on the chart — including offerings from Blake Shelton and Fleetwood Mac — as they profit from sale pricing and promotion in the iTunes Store. The retailer’s All-Time Essential Albums program features discounted albums (for $7.99) and is promoted on the front page of the iTunes Store. Among the charts gainers included in the promotion: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ The Getaway (a re-entry No. 104 with 6,000 units; up 89 percent, and 5,000 in sales; up 154 percent), The Rolling Stones’ Hot Rocks 1964-1971 (re-entering at No. 106 with 6,000 units; up 67 percent, and 3,000 in sales; up 295 percent), the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack (187-95 with 7,000 units; up 55 percent – all from album sales), Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours (131-88 with 7,000 units; up 29 percent, 4,000 in sales; up 61 percent) and Shelton’s If I’m Honest (100-69 with 8,000 units; up 22 percent, 4,000 in sales; up 36 percent).
— Elliott Smith, Either/Or: Expanded Edition - No. 173 — For the first time in nearly 10 years, Elliott Smith is back on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The singer/songwriter, who died in 2003, debuts on the list at No. 173 with Either/Or: Expanded Edition. The set is a revamped version of his 1997 album, which never reached a Billboard tally until now. It enters with 5,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 16, according to Nielsen Music, with 4,000 of that sum in traditional album sales.
Though Either/Or never charted, it is Smith’s best-selling release, with 429,000 copies sold (which includes the 4,000 sold of the expanded title). Smith was last on the Billboard 200 in 2007 with New Moon, which debuted and peaked at No. 24 and spent six weeks on the list.
— Charli XCX, Number 1 Angel - No. 175 — Charli XCX notches her second charting set with the arrival of Number 1 Angel (No. 175 with 5,000 units), following 2015’s Sucker (No. 28 debut and peak). The new album is fine Charli-company: Charlie Wilson’s In It To Win It is at No. 128 and Charlie Puth’s Nine Track Mind is No. 155.