2019 American Music Awards

Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Stone Temple Pilots Fly In With Ninth Top 40 Album

Michelle Shiers
Stone Temple Pilots

Plus: MercyMe moves into the top 40, while Shawn Mendes, Panic! at the Disco & Kelly Clarkson score gains.

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated March 31), XXXTentacion’s ? debuted at No. 1, giving the rapper/singer his first leader atop the list. The set -- his second full-length studio effort -- started with 131,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 22, according to Nielsen Music.

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:

Stone Temple Pilots, Stone Temple Pilots – No. 24 Stone Temple Pilots return with both their first full-length studio album since 2010 and a new singer (Jeff Gutt) as the act’s self-titled effort starts at No. 24. The rock band’s ninth top 40-charting set bows with 16,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 22, according to Nielsen Music. Previously, the act netted seven top 40 sets between 1993-2010 with former frontman Scott Weiland, and a top 40 entry in 2013, the High Rise EP, with Chester Bennington.

Here’s a look at Stone Temple Pilots’ history on the Billboard 200 chart:

Title, Peak Position, Peak Date
Core, No. 3, July 3, 1993
Purple, No. 1 (three weeks), June 25, 1994
Tiny Music… Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop, No. 4, April 13, 1994
No. 4, No. 6, Nov. 13, 1999
Shangri-La Dee Da, No. 9, July 7, 2001
Thank You, No. 26, Nov. 29, 2003
Stone Temple Pilots, No. 2, June 12, 2010
A Taste Of… (EP), No. 181, July 9, 2011
High Rise (EP) (Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington), No. 24, Oct. 26, 2013
Stone Temple Pilots, No. 24, March 31, 2018

MercyMe, I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of MercyMe – No. 30 As the film I Can Only Imagine continues to prosper at the box office, this greatest hits collection jumps 99-30 to give MercyMe their 11th top 40-charting effort. The set earned 14,000 units, up 107 percent compared to the previous week. Of that sum, 9,000 were in traditional album sales (up 109 percent). The biographical movie is inspired by the story behind MercyMe’s hit song, “I Can Only Imagine,” and the songwriter of the track, the band’s Bart Millard.

N.E.R.D., No_One Ever Really Dies – No. 76 The album (8,000 units; up 81 percent) gets a boost from a new Drake-assisted remix of the set’s “Lemon,” with Rihanna. On the Billboard Hot 100, the song rebounds to match its No. 40 high.

Shawn Mendes, Illuminate No. 98 & Panic! at the Disco, Death of a Bachelor – No. 123 — Shawn Mendes’ last studio effort, Illuminate, rises 130-98 on the chart (7,000 units earned; up 15 percent) following excitement surrounding the release of new single “In My Blood” on March 22. The track is from his forthcoming third full-length album and debuts at No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 30 on the Pop Songs airplay chart.

Meanwhile, Panic! at the Disco’s most recent set, Death of a Bachelor, experiences the same sort of buzzy bump as it climbs 146-123 (6,000 units; up 13 percent). The act bowed two new songs on March 21: “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” and “(Fuck A) Silver Lining.” Both are from the band’s new album, Pray for the Wicked, due June 22. The former track starts at No. 25 on Hot Rock Songs and No. 36 on Alternative Songs.

Kelly Clarkson, Meaning of Life – No. 165 Kelly Clarkson’s Meaning of Life re-enters at No. 165 (5,000 units; up 13 percent) concurrent with the rising popularity of the album’s latest single, “I Don’t Think About You.” The tune continues to build at radio (climbing 21-20 on the Adult Pop Songs aiplay chart) and in on-demand audio streams (397,000; up 23 percent).


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