Everybody launches with a robust 196,000 in album sales, but also 4,000 in TEA and 47,000 in SEA. The latter figure translates to 70.2 million on-demand audio streams for the songs on the album (1,500 streams equals one SEA unit).
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Chris Stapleton scores his best sales week yet, as his second solo studio effort, From A Room: Volume 1, debuts with 219,000 units (and 202,000 in traditional album sales). His previous biggest sales frame was logged when his first album, Traveller, re-entered the chart at No. 1 with 153,000 sold following his big night at the 2015 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards.
From A Room: Volume 1, released through Mercury Nashville Records, also starts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart, which ranks the best-selling albums of the week. (Everybody is No. 2 on that list.) Stapleton’s sales start is the largest sales week for a country album in more than a year-and-a-half. The last country set to sell more in a week was Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights, which sold 320,000 copies in its first week (chart dated Aug. 29, 2015, reflecting the sales week ending Aug 13, 2015).
Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. (on Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope Records) falls from No. 1 to No. 3 (134,000 units; down 22 percent) on the new Billboard 200, after three weeks atop the list. The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 soundtrack (Marvel/Hollywood Records) hits a new high, rising 8-4 (87,000 units – nearly all from album sales; up 120 percent). The surge comes following the movie’s bow in U.S. theaters on May 5.
Drake’s More Life (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records) rounds out the top five, slipping one rung to No. 5 with 62,000 units (down 10 percent).
Universal Music Group has a clean sweep of the top five albums on the Billboard 200, the first time any music company as monopolized the top five since Universal did it on the Nov. 28, 2015-dated list. That week, Stapleton was No. 1 with Traveller (on Mercury Nashville Records), while Nos. 2-5 were Eric Church’s Mr. Misunderstood (EMI Nashville), Ellie Goulding’s Delirium (Cherrytree/Interscope Records), The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness (Republic Records) and Tim McGraw’s Damn Country Music (McGraw/Big Machine Records).
Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) descends one position to No. 6 with 50,000 units (up less than 1 percent).
Rapper Russ sees his debut album There’s Really a Wolf open at No. 7 with 49,000 units (24,000 in traditional album sales). Streams played a significant role in the set’s opening frame, as SEA units account for nearly 23,000 units of its total debut sum. (TEA units are a little more than 2,000.)
Closing out the top 10 are Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic (7-8 with 42,000 units; up 1 percent), Gorillaz’s Humanz (2-9 in its second week with 40,000 units; down 71 percent) and the Epic AF compilation (6-10 with 37,000 units; down 23 percent).