DJ Khaled Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Calvin Harris Debuts at No. 2
DJ Khaled’s Grateful notches a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart -- it is the first album to spend more than one week at No. 1 in two months. In the week ending July 6, Grateful earned 70,000 equivalent album units (down 53 percent), according to Nielsen Music. Traditional album sales comprised 16,000 (down 68 percent) of that sum.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new July 22, 2017-dated chart (where DJ Khaled holds for a second week at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, July 11.
DJ Khaled’s Grateful finished its second week stronger than expected, as some industry forecasters had suggested the album would earn around 60,000 units for the week. The album continues to be supported largely by streams, as it tallied 42,000 SEA units -- down 48 percent -- equaling 63.4 million on-demand audio streams for the album’s songs. Grateful also earned 12,000 TEA units for the week (down 36 percent).
Grateful’s 70,000 unit tally is the lowest sum for a No. 1 album in five months. The last No. 1 title to dip below that sum was The Weeknd’s Starboy, which earned 56,000 units on the Feb. 11-dated chart -- the album’s fifth (and final) nonconsecutive week at No. 1.
Grateful is the first album to log more than one week at No. 1 since Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. ruled the list for three consecutive weeks (May 6, 13 and 20). Between DAMN. and Grateful, seven albums took turns at No. 1 for one week each.
Debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 is Calvin Harris’ Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, earning the superstar DJ/producer his highest charting album yet. The star-filled dance-meets-R&B/hip-hop effort features guests ranging from Frank Ocean and Katy Perry to ScHoolboy Q and Nicki Minaj. Harris’ previous high on the Billboard 200 was logged when his last studio effort, Motion, debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 2014.
Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 was released on June 30 through Fly Eye/Columbia Records and launches with 68,000 units, which is bigger than some had anticipated. Of the album’s debut sum, 23,000 were in traditional album sales, 6,000 were in TEA units and 39,000 were in SEA units.
At No. 3 on the new Billboard 200, DAMN. stays steady, earning 56,000 units (down 6 percent). The former No. 1 has yet to depart the top three of the chart after 12 weeks on the list. The set has earned 1.83 million equivalent album units and 1.51 billion on-demand audio streams for its songs.
Imagine Dragons’ Evolve falls from No. 2 to No. 4 in its second week, earning 44,000 units (down 70 percent) while Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) rises from No. 7 to No. 5 with 38,000 units (up 5 percent). Sheeran’s U.S. tour launched on June 29, while he also performed on NBC’s Today on July 6. The buzz generated by his tour kickoff and the Today show the appearance likely generated the gain for the album, which is also up 13 percent in traditional album sales (rising to 13,000 copies sold).
Rock band Stone Sour clocks the second and final debut in the top 10, as Hydrograd bows at No. 8 with a little less than 33,000 units (30,000 in traditional album sales). The album marks the fifth top 10-charting effort for the group, which first reached the region with 2006’s No. 4-peaking Come What(ever) May.
Hydrograd is the band’s first album of original material since 2013’s House of Gold & Bones: Part 2 debuted and peaked at No. 10. The band last charted with the covers EP Meanwhile In Burbank…, which hit No. 78 in 2015.
Rounding out the new top 10: Drake’s More Life falls 8-9 with 32,000 units (down 8 percent) and the soundtrack to Moana holds at No. 10 with 31,000 units (up 3 percent).