Future & Young Thug, Chris Young, Darius Rucker Debut in Billboard 200's Top 10
Niall Horan tops the tally with his first album, 'Flicker.'
As previously reported, Niall Horan debuts at No. 1 on the new Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Nov. 11) with his first album, Flicker. The set starts with 152,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen Music, with 128,000 of that sum in traditional album sales.
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 Nov. 11-dated chart (where Flicker debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday (Oct. 31).
At No. 2 on the Billboard 200, Future and Young Thug’s surprise collaborative album, Super Slimey, starts with 75,000 units, powered largely by streams of the album. The set sold 15,000 in traditional album sales and earned 2,000 in TEA units and 58,000 in SEA units. The latter number translates to 87.1 million on-demand audio streams for tracks on the album during its first week (one SEA unit equals 1,500 on-demand audio streams).
Super Slimey marks Future’s eighth top 10 album (his entirety of charting efforts) and third top 10 set in 2017 (following his back-to-back No. 1s with his self-titled album and HNDRXX). For Young Thug, Super Slimey is his highest-charting album, fourth top 10 set, and second top 10 this year (following the No. 8-peaking Beautiful Thugger Girls). Young Thug previously hit a No. 7 high in with Slime Season 3 in 2016.
Super Slimey is also the highest-charting collaborative album in more than two years. The last to go as high was another pairing with Future: What a Time to Be Alive, with Drake. The album spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Oct. 10 and 17, 2015, -dated charts.
P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma slips from No. 1 to No. 3 in its second week, earning 64,000 units (down 84 percent), with 53,000 in traditional album sales (down 86 percent).
Post Malone’s Stoney holds at its peak position, No. 4, with 44,000 units (down 1 percent).
Country singer-songwriter Chris Young nabs his fourth Billboard 200 top 10, as Losing Sleep debuts at No. 5 with 39,000 units (32,000 in traditional album sales). It follows Young’s previous top 10s: I’m Comin’ Over (No. 5 in 2015), A.M. (No. 3, 2013) and Neon (No. 4, 2011). The new album was led by its first single, its title track, which has so far peaked at No. 16 on the Country Airplay chart.
Gucci Mane’s Mr. Davis falls from No. 2 to No. 6 in its second week on the Billboard 200 (36,000 units; down 49 percent), while Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) dips one spot to No. 7 (35,000 units; though it’s up 6 percent).
Darius Rucker claims his fifth top 10 album, as his new set, When Was the Last Time, bows at No. 8 with 34,000 units (30,000 in traditional album sales). As a soloist (apart from his band Hootie & The Blowfish), he previously visited the region with Southern Style (No. 7 in 2015), True Believers (No. 2, 2013), Charleston, SC 1966 (No. 2, 2010) and Learn to Live (No. 5, 2008).
When Was the Last Time was preceded by its hit single “If I Told You,” which topped the Country Airplay chart in June. The song took a long, slow climb to the top -- it debuted on the chart dated July 16, 2016, and hit No. 1 almost a year later, on June 24, 2017 -- its 47th week on the chart. (It’s one of only five songs to take at least 47 weeks to reach No. 1 in the Country Airplay chart’s 27-year history.) “If I Told You” gave Rucker his seventh No. 1 on the tally, and first since 2013’s “Wagon Wheel.”
Rounding out the new Billboard 200’s top 10 are Lil Uzi Vert’s former No. 1, Luv Is Rage 2, which descends 5-9 with 33,000 units (down 5 percent), and Demi Lovato’s Tell Me You Love Me, which returns to the top 10, climbing 13-10 (33,000 units; up 24 percent). The latter bounces back to the top 10 following the release of the documentary film about her life and career, Simply Complicated, on Oct. 17 via YouTube. The 78-minute film racked up 7 million global views in its first week of release, and has tallied 8.6 million through Oct. 30.