Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Beauty and the Beast' Bounces Back to Top 40
Plus: U2's "The Joshua Tree" zooms back into the top 20 after 30th-anniversary reissue.
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated June 24), Halsey earned her first No. 1 with the chart-topping arrival of Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. The bowed with 106,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 76,000 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:
— Soundtrack, Beauty and the Beast – No. 39 — The soundtrack returns to the top 40 (rising 68-39 with 14,000 units; up 69 percent) for the first time in over a month, following the film’s home video release June 6. The album sold 10,000 copies in the latest tracking week -- up a big 110 percent. So far, the album has sold 311,000 in the U.S. and is the ninth biggest-selling album of 2017.
— Roger Waters, Is This the Life We Really Want? – No. 11 — Roger Waters notches his highest-charting solo album ever, as Is This the Life We Really Want? bows at No. 11 (32,000 units; 31,000 from traditional album sales). The album is his first studio set in nearly 25 years, since 1992’s Amused to Death, which previously held his highest chart rank: No. 21.
— U2, The Joshua Tree - No. 16 — U2’s The Joshua Tree sprouts from No. 127 to No. 16 on the Billboard 200 (27,000 units earned in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen Music; up 365 percent) after its 30th-anniversary reissue on June 2. It’s the highest rank for the album on the Billboard 200 since the Feb. 13, 1988-dated chart, when it was also No. 16. The album spent nine weeks at No. 1, as is U2’s longest-running chart-topper.
The Joshua Tree sold 23,000 copies in the week ending June 8 (rising 48-8 on Top Album Sales) -- the set’s largest sales frame since the week ending Jan. 3, 1993, when it moved 28,000 copies.
The Joshua Tree joins another recently reissued classic No. 1 album in the upper reaches of the charts: The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The latter moves 3-4 on the Billboard 200 (47,000 units; down 41 percent, with 41,000 in album sales; down 43 percent), a week after it returned to the list.
Both titles were reissued in a variety of deluxe and super deluxe configurations with bonus tracks and extra goodies. All versions are tracked together for charting purposes.
Another blockbuster former No. 1 album is waiting in the wings for a reissue-driven return to the charts: Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain soundtrack. An assortment of remastered reissues of the set are due out on June 23 and mark the first Prince album to get the deluxe reissue treatment.
— Soundtrack, Steven Universe, Volume 1 - No. 22 — Cartoon Network’s soundtrack to Steven Universe, Volume 1 bows at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 (22,000 units; 18,000 in album sales) and at No. 2 on the Soundtracks chart. On the former tally, it’s the third TV soundtrack to debut in the top 40 in 2017, following The Bob’s Burger’s Music Album (No. 21 on the June 3 chart) and Big Little Lies (No. 23, April 22).
— Soundtrack, Wonder Woman – No. 53 — The Wonder Woman soundtrack debuts at No. 53 (11,000 units; 9,000 in album sales). The 15-track album consists primarily of score by Rupert Gregson-Williams and includes one song by Sia, “To Be Human.” Wonder Woman is the fourth film in the DC Extended Universe franchise, following Suicide Squad (2016), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Man of Steel (2013). Those films saw their respective soundtracks peak at Nos. 1, 25 and 9, respectively.
— Metallica, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct - No. 54 — The album continues to profit from a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the band’s latest tour. The set rises 115-54 with 11,000 units (up 83 percent) and with 9,000 copies sold (up 115 percent).