Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Guns N' Roses 'Greatest' Hits Landmark 400th Week on Chart
Guns N' Roses' "Greatest Hits" is now one of only seven albums to spend at least 400 weeks on the chart.
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated June 10), Linkin Park nabbed its sixth No. 1 album with One More Light, debuting with 111,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 25, according to Nielsen Music.
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:
— Guns N’ Roses, Greatest Hits - No. 153 — Guns N’ Roses’ Greatest Hits logs its 400th nonconsecutive week on the chart, making it just one of seven albums to spend at least 400 weeks on the list. The others: Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon (927), Johnny Mathis' Johnny’s Greatest Hits (490), the My Fair Lady original cast recording (480), Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Legend (471), Journey’s Greatest Hits (462) and Metallica’s self-titled album (432).
Guns N’ Roses’ Greatest Hits debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the chart dated April 10, 2004 and has sold 5.93 million copies in the U.S. The album spent 138 consecutive weeks on the list from its debut through the Nov. 25, 2006-dated chart. It then returned to the tally on Dec. 12, 2009, and has been a frequent (but not quite constant) sight on the chart.
Note: from May 25, 1991 until Dec. 5, 2009, older albums (often referred to as catalog albums) were generally barred from charting on the Billboard 200. Instead, they would chart on the separate Top Catalog Albums chart. Starting with the Dec. 5, 2009-dated Billboard 200, catalog albums returned to the chart, making it easier for titles — like Greatest Hits — to rack up long runs on the list.
— Blink-182, California – No. 17 — The band’s most recent studio effort returns to the chart at No. 17, following its deluxe reissue on May 19. The set re-enters the list with 26,000 units earned in the week (up 735 percent), of which 21,000 were in traditional album sales (up 3,233 percent). The new expanded edition includes 12 bonus tracks, and was also reissued on vinyl LP in an assortment of colored variations. In turn, California also re-enters the Vinyl Albums chart at No. 1 with 6,000 copies sold (for its third nonconsecutive week atop the list).
California debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Vinyl Albums chart dated July 23, 2016.
— Lauren Duski, Chris Blue & Jesse Larson, The Voice: The Complete Season 12 Collection – Nos. 26, 50 & 163 — Following the 12th season finale of The Voice, some of its top performers hit the chart with their Voice highlights collections. Second-place finisher Lauren Duski arrives at No. 26 (19,000 units; 1,000 from traditional album sales), winner Chris Blue bows at No. 50 (12,000 units; 1,000 in album sales) and fourth place finisher Jesse Larson debuts at No. 163 (5,000 units; negligible album sales).
— Soundgarden, Superunknown - No. 28 — Now that a full chart tracking week has passed since the death of Chris Cornell on May 17, many albums that he performed on make moves up the chart. His highest ranking title is Soundgarden’s Superunknown, which rises 32-28 with 19,000 units (up 13 percent) and 11,000 in album sales (up 16 percent). A few rungs down the chart, the Singles soundtrack returns to the list at No. 33, following its deluxe reissue on May 19. The reissued album features a number of Cornell’s recordings, both solo and with Soundgarden.
— Original Broadway Cast Recording, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 - No. 87 — The musical, which is nominated for 12 Tony Awards, sees it original Broadway cast recording take a bow at No. 87. The set, led by Tony nominee Josh Groban, earned 8,000 units for the week (7,000 in traditional album sales). It also launches at No. 1 on the Cast Albums chart.
— The Notorious B.I.G., Life After Death – No. 173 — The former No. 1 album returns to the list (5,000 units; up 218 percent), concurrent with the debut of his new posthumous collaborations album, The King & I, with Faith Evans. The latter bows at No. 65 with 9,000 units (8,000 in traditional album sales). The new set collects mostly previously released vocals from B.I.G., and marries them to new recordings from Evans as well as a number of guests (including Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and Lil’ Kim).