Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Adele's '25' Hits 100th Consecutive Week on Chart
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Nov. 4), P!nk earns her second No. 1 album as her new effort, Beautiful Trauma, arrives atop the list with 408,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 384,000 were in traditional album sales -- P!nk’s biggest sales week ever.
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:
— Robert Plant, Carry Fire – No. 14 — The rock icon’s latest album, Carry Fire, starts at No. 14 and marks his 15th solo effort on the list. The Led Zeppelin frontman notched his first solo effort on the list a little more than 35 years ago, when Pictures at Eleven arrived on the list dated July 17, 1982 at No. 49 (it later peaked at No. 5 – his first of eight top 10 albums).
The new set launches with 25,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 24,000 were in traditional album sales.
— NF, Perception – No. 25 — NF’s Perception tumbles from No. 1 to No. 25 in its second week on the list -- the 12th album of 2017 to debut at No. 1 and then fall straight out of the top 10 in its second stanza. The rapper’s album declines by 68 percent in units earned (falling from 55,000 to 18,000), while tumbling 86 percent in sales (falling from 38,000 to 5,000).
Here’s a list of the dozen albums that debuted at No. 1 in 2017, and then dropped out of the top 10 in their second week:
Artist, Title — Positional Fall — Chart Date of Second Week
Logic, Everybody — 1-11 — June 3
Linkin Park, One More Light — 1-29 — June 17
Bryson Tiller, True to Self — 1-13 — June 24
Katy Perry, Witness — 1-13 — July 8
Lorde, Melodrama — 1-13 — July 15
Arcade Fire, Everything Now — 1-38 — Aug. 26
Brand New, Science Fiction — 1-97 — Sept. 16
LCD Soundsystem, American Dream — 1-56 — Sept. 30
Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold — 1-17 — Oct. 14
The Killers, Wonderful Wonderful — 1-59 — Oct. 21
Shania Twain, Now — 1-29 — Oct. 28
NF, Perception — 1-25 — Nov. 4
— Dua Lipa, Dua Lipa - No. 63 — The pop singer-songwriter’s debut album hits a new chart high, as it climbs 75-63 (9,000 units; up 9 percent). The album is mostly driven by streaming equivalent album units (a little more than 6,000), thanks to the continuing growing popularity of its song “New Rules.” The track garnered 6.4 million on-demand audio streams in the latest tracking week (up 8 percent), while also climbing in 8 percent in overall radio audience (22.4 million in the week ending Oct. 22).
— Fleetwood Mac, Greatest Hits – No. 69 — Thanks to a $4.99 sale price in the iTunes Store during the tracking week, Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits re-enters the chart at No. 69 (8,000 units; up 592 percent, with 5,000 copies sold; up 312 percent). It is one of a number of hits albums that see gains thanks to discount pricing in the iTunes Store. Other titles that benefit include: Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction (a re-entry at No. 157 with 5,000 units; up 175 percent, with 2,000 sold; up 64 percent) and Lynyrd Skynrd’s All Time Greatest Hits (re-entry at No. 167 with 5,000 units; up 146 percent, with 2,000 sold; up 116 percent).
— Adele, 25 – No. 103 — The diva’s former No. 1 album, 25, spends its 100th consecutive week on the chart, as it rises 106-103 (7,000 units; up 1 percent). The album has yet to depart the tally since its debut at No. 1 (where it spent 10 non-consecutive weeks).
So far, 25 -- which was released on Nov. 20, 2015 through XL Recordings/Columbia Records -- has earned 10.88 million equivalent album units in the U.S., of which 9.4 million are in traditional album sales. It followed Adele’s second album, 21, which has earned 14.96 million units, with 11.87 million in album sales. (21, which ruled the list for 24 nonconsecutive weeks, has also never left the chart. It’s spending its 348th straight week on the list, dipping 174-181. It continues to extend its record as the longest charting album by a woman. Earlier in 2017, it beat Carole King's Tapestry for the most weeks on the chart by a woman.)
21 and 25 are also the Nos. 9 and 29 biggest selling albums since 1991, when Nielsen Music began electronically tracking album sales.
Adele’s first album, 19, has sold 3 million copies.
Collectively, her three studio efforts, along with two live iTunes-exclusive EPs, have sold 24.4 million copies in the U.S.
— Eminem, Recovery – No. 160 — Eminem becomes the first act to see three of his albums each spend at least 300 weeks on the chart, as his 2010 album Recovery collects its 300th week on the list (165-160). Both Curtain Call: The Hits (363 weeks, released in 2005) and The Eminem Show (342 weeks, released in 2002) have also reached the threshold.
— Dolly Parton, I Believe In You – No. 173 — The country legend’s latest album, I Believe In You, is also a children’s music record, and it jumps 11-3 on the Kid Albums chart. Over on the Top Country Albums chart, it debuts at No. 20, giving Parton her 78th entry on the tally.