Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Def Leppard's 'Hysteria' Back In Top 40 After 28 Years

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Def Leppard prior to their home town concert in Sheffield, England on Oct. 9, 1987. 

The return of Def Leppard’s full catalog of music to digital retail, and its arrival on streaming services, pumps big gains.

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Feb. 3), Fall Out Boy notched its fourth No. 1 with the arrival of Mania. The set earned 130,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Jan. 25, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 117,000 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 rest of the Billboard 200:

Soundtrack, The Greatest Showman – No. 2 For the first time since the Billboard 200 transitioned to an equivalent album units-ranked tally in December of 2014, a soundtrack has scored four weeks of 100,000-plus units. The Greatest Showman, which holds at No. 2 on the chart, earned 109,000 units (up 5 percent) in the week ending Jan. 25 — which is also its fourth straight week of 100,000-plus units. Previously, among soundtracks, the Fifty Shades of Grey album logged three 100,000-plus weeks in 2015. 

Sam Smith, The Thrill of It All – No. 11 — The album zips 17-11 with 26,000 units (up 30 percent) and 13,000 albums sold (up 116 percent) after further sales were generated by Smith’s concert ticket/album bundle redemption promotion offer.

Def Leppard, Hysteria – No. 39 — The return of Def Leppard’s full catalog of music to digital retail, and its arrival on streaming services (both on Jan. 19), naturally pumps big gains for the band on the charts. The bulk of the rock act’s older catalog had been absent from digital retail since 2007, and from streaming services almost entirely, as the group had long disputed its payment rates from digital sales and streams.

The Def Lep hit parade is led by their 1987 monster album Hysteria, as it re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 39 — its highest rank since June 17, 1989. The album, which spent six weeks at No. 1 in 1988, climbs back onto the list with 13,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Jan. 25 (up 2,337 percent), according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 7,000 were in traditional album sales (mostly from digital album sales), 5,000 were in track equivalent album units, and a little over 1,000 were in streaming equivalent album units.

The band’s Vault: Greatest Hits 1980-1995 also returns (No. 79; 8,000 units), as does Pyromania (No. 146; 5,000 units). 

In total, the band’s equivalent album units grew 1,083 percent to 35,000 units. Their catalog of albums sold 24,000 digital downloads, 66,000 digital songs, and generated 4.3 million on-demand audio streams. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” was their top selling track and most streamed song (7,000 downloads; 1.9 million streams). The tune, from Hysteria, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988.

Neil Diamond, All-Time Greatest Hits – No. 86 Following Neil Diamond’s Jan. 22 announcement of his retirement from touring, due to his recent Parkinson’s diagnosis, the music legend’s catalog grew in sales in streams in the week ending Jan. 25. 

Diamond’s overall album sales jumped 157 percent to 6,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music. His total equivalent album units earned figure grew 121 percent to 10,000. His digital song sales vaulted 197 percent (to 14,000) and his on-demand audio streams rose 41 percent (to 3.3 million). 

His All-Time Greatest Hits album re-enters the Billboard 200 chart at No. 86 — its highest rank since 2014. It earned 7,000 units during the week (up 119 percent). The set also zooms 27-4 on the Catalog Album Sales chart with 4,000 sold (up 164 percent).

They Might Be Giants, I Like Fun – No. 108 — They Might Be Giants’ latest album, I Like Fun, begins with 6,000 units (mostly from album sales). It also starts at No. 3 on Independent Albums, marking the group’s highest charting set on the 18-year old list.

Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac – No. 132 Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled 1975 album re-enters at No. 132 with 6,000 units (up 3,621 percent), following its deluxe reissue on Jan. 19. The album — which was the band’s first No. 1 on the chart — was reissued in various remastered editions, some with many bonus tracks. All of the permutations of the album, including its original version, are tracked together for charting purposes. Fleetwood Mac’s return to the chart grants the set its first visit to the list since 2012, and its highest rank since 1981.

The Fleetwood Mac redux is the latest expansive archival reissue from the act, following Rumours (in 2013), Tusk (2015), Mirage (2016) and Tango in the Night (2017).