Billboard 200 Chart Moves: The Weeknd & Halsey Earn 100 Straight Weeks on the Chart With 'Beauty' & 'Badlands'
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Aug. 12), Lana Del Rey claims her second No. 1 with Lust for Life. The set earned 107,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 80,000 were in traditional album sales. Coming in close behind Del Rey are a pair of debuts from Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy (at No. 2 with 106,000 units) and Meek Mill’s Wins and Losses (No. 3 with 102,000 units).
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:
— The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness & Halsey, Badlands – Nos. 76 & 121 — A pair of albums celebrate 100 consecutive weeks on the chart, as both The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness and Halsey’s Badlands rack up their 100th chart weeks.
Beauty Behind the Madness and Badlands both debuted on the Sept. 19, 2015-dated chart at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Both albums have been on the list ever since, with Beauty Behind the Madness having never left the top 100. Badlands has only gone as low as No. 121, where it stands this week.
Overall, Beauty Behind the Madness has earned 3.7 million equivalent album units, of which 1.23 million are in traditional album sales. The set has also generated 2.05 billion on-demand audio streams for its songs.
As for Badlands, the set has tallied 1.3 million equivalent album units, of which 533,000 are in traditional album sales. The effort has also spurred 816 million on-demand audio streams for its songs.
— Linkin Park, Meteora - No. 11 — Following the first full tracking week after the death of Linkin Park’s singer Chester Bennington, the group’s catalog of music makes waves on the chart. Fans memorializing Bennington through buying the band’s albums and songs — and streaming its music — drive four of its albums back onto the Billboard 200, giving the act a total of eight titles on the list. In total, all seven of the group’s studio efforts dot the list, alongside its collaborative set with JAY-Z: MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents: Collision Course.
Linkin Park’s most recent release, the former No. 1 One More Light, rises 17-4 with 50,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 27 (up 122 percent). The album sold 32,000 copies during the week (gaining 76 percent). Following One More Light are: Hybrid Theory (climbing 27-8), Meteora (42-11), Minutes to Midnight (115-27), Living Things (a re-entry at No. 80), Collision Course (a re-entry at No. 116), A Thousand Suns (a re-entry at No. 117) and The Hunting Party (a re-entry at No. 184).
Overall, Linkin Park’s total album sales rose 125 percent in the week ending July 27 (rising from 38,000 sold to 85,000) while its digital song sales jumped 191 percent (from 103,000 to 299,000). As for its on-demand audio streams, they rose 288 percent (from 23.5 million to 91.2 million).
— Nine Inch Nails, Add Violence – No. 17 — The alternative rock act notches its 16th entry on the Billboard 200 as its new effort, Add Violence (EP), debuts at No. 17 (26,000 units; 25,000 in traditional album sales). Nine Inch Nails first dented the tally on Feb. 10, 1990 when Pretty Hate Machine bowed at No. 175, on its way to a No. 75 peak in November of 1991. In total, Nine Inch Nails has notched six top 10 sets, including a pair of No. 1s: With Teeth (in 2005) and The Fragile (1999).
— Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stony Hill – No. 65 — Marley’s first solo studio album in over a decade, Stony Hill, bows at No. 65 with 9,000 units (6,000 from traditional album sales). Marley last charted on the list with the collaborative effort Distant Relatives, with rapper Nas, which debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 2010. Marley’s previous solo set, Welcome to Jamrock, topped out at No. 7 in 2005.
Over on the Reggae Albums chart, Stony Hill gives Marley his third leader. He also hit No. 1 with Distant Relatives and Welcome to Jamrock. In total, the Marley family has scored 32 of the 201 No. 1s on the Reggae Albums chart since the list launched on Feb. 5, 1994. In addition to Damian, the other Marley family members with chart topping sets are Damian’s brothers Ky-Mani, Stephen and Ziggy, and of course their father, Bob Marley.
— Dua Lipa, Dua Lipa - No. 119 — As the pop singer/songwriter’s song “New Rules” continues to rise in popularity, its parent album moves up the chart. The self-titled album debuted at No. 86 on the June 24-dated chart, but then fell off the list the next week. It returned to the tally on the July 29 chart at No. 162, then moved up to No. 132 the following week, and then to No. 119 on the latest list.
In the week ending July 27, the album earned 6,000 units (up 8 percent), mostly driven by SEA units (4,000; up 8 percent).
“New Rules,” meanwhile, earned 3.58 million on-demand audio streams in the week ending July 27 (rising 23 percent).