Post Malone's 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' Nets Third Straight Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200
‘Beerbongs’ scores longest streak at No. 1 since Taylor Swift’s 'reputation' last year.
For the third week in a row, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys sits atop the Billboard 200 chart dated May 26, as the album earned 147,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 17 (down 24 percent), according to Nielsen Music.
The set is only the second album to notch three total weeks at No. 1 in 2018 (following Black Panther: The Album, which logged its three frames on top non-consecutively) and scores the longest streak at No. 1 since Taylor Swift’s reputation linked together three consecutive weeks at No. 1 (Dec. 2-16, 2017) of its four total nonconsecutive No. 1 frames.
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 May 26-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, May 22.
Post Malone’s beerbongs is still largely powered by streams, as it collected 122,000 in SEA units (down 24 percent), while the remainder of its total for the week is comprised of 18,000 in traditional album sales (down 24 percent) and TEA units (down 16 percent).
At No. 2, P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma -- as expected -- comes roaring back up the Billboard 200 with an 83-2 vault (139,000 units; up 1,715 percent). The former No. 1 zooms up the list thanks to big sales (135,000; up 3,197 percent) mostly generated by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the next leg of her U.S. tour that went on sale May 11.
Thanks to Beautiful Trauma’s big leap, it logs the largest positional jump into the top two in over 10 years. Radiohead’s In Rainbows last posted a bigger vault into the top two, when it ran from No. 156 to No. 1 on the Jan. 19, 2008-dated list. (The set had a large gain on the list owed to a premature debut a week prior, spurred by eager retailers that began selling the set before its official street date.)
Rapper Playboi Carti earns his best week yet, as his surprise release Die Lit debuts at No. 3 with 61,000 units. The album starts with a smashing 55,000 SEA units, with only 5,000 in traditional album sales and a scant 1,000 in TEA units. Die Lit garners the artist his highest charting set yet -- and first top 10 -- surpassing the No. 12 debut and peak of his self-titled 2017 release.
Pop singer-songwriter Charlie Puth nabs his highest charting album, as his second full-length studio effort Voicenotes launches at No. 4 with 58,000 units (mostly powered by traditional album sales: 39,000 copies sold). Voicenotes passes Puth’s previous peak on the list, when his debut full-length, 2016’s Nine Track Mind, topped out at No. 6 in its first week (65,000 units earned), Voicenotes is Puth’s third set to chart, as he also logged an entry with his introductory EP, Some Kind of Love, which reached No. 27 in 2015.
Back on the new Billboard 200 chart, the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman climbs 7-5 (a little more than 53,000 units; up 3 percent), J. Cole’s KOD dips 2-6 (53,000; down 22 percent) and Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy slips 4-7 (just under 53,000; down 15 percent).
Arctic Monkeys arrive with their third top 10 album, as Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino debuts at No. 8 with 47,000 units (37,000 in traditional album sales). It’s the alt-rock group’s first album since 2013’s AM, which reached No. 6. The act also collected a top 10 with 2007’s Favourite Worst Nightmare, which peaked at No. 7. In total, Tranquility lands Arctic Monkeys their sixth consecutive top 40 effort (their entirety of charting titles) since the band arrived on list in 2006 with the No. 24-peaking Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.
Black Panther: The Album holds steady at No. 9 on the new Billboard 200 with 33,000 units (up 12 percent).
Closing out the top 10 is rapper Tee Grizzley’s debut studio album Activated, which arrives at No. 10 with 33,000 units (with 26,000 of that in SEA units). The set boasts a guest list that includes Lil Yachty, Chris Brown, Jeezy and Moneybagg Yo.