Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Greatest Showman' Becomes First Soundtrack Released in Nearly Four Years to Sell 1 Million Copies in U.S.

Niko Tavernise
Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum in Twentieth Century Fox’s 'The Greatest Showman'

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated May 26), Post Malone scored a third consecutive week at No. 1, as his beerbongs & bentleys earned 147,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 17 (down 24 percent), 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:

-- Soundtrack, The Greatest Showman -- No. 5: The Greatest Showman becomes the first soundtrack released in nearly four years to sell 1 million copies in the U.S., as its total sales now stand at 1.003 million. The set, which was released on Dec. 8, 2017, sold 35,000 copies in the week ending May 17, which pushed its total sales sum over the million mark. The hit album has stayed steady in the top 10 for the past 21 straight weeks, with two of those at No. 1. The last soundtrack released to sell 1 million copies was Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1, which was released on July 29, 2014. It surpassed 1 million sold in the week ending Jan. 11, 2015, and has sold 2.14 million in total.

-- Sevendust, All I See Is War -- No. 28: The rock band notches its 15th chart entry -- and 12th top 40-charting effort -- as All I See Is War bows at No. 28. The group made its Billboard 200 chart debut 20 years ago, when its self-titled set debuted on the list dated March 28, 1998.

-- Ty Dolla $ign, Beach House 3 -- No. 39: Beach House 3 re-enters the list at No. 39 thanks to a deluxe reissue of the set on May 11 with a handful of bonus tracks. The revamped set, which comes with six additional cuts, earned 13,000 units (up 298 percent) -- mostly from streams of the bonus tunes.

-- Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour -- No. 54: The album logs the chart’s largest percentage increase, as it rallies with a 57 percent lift to 10,000 units. The gain follows Musgraves’ performances on the May 12 edition of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

-- Michael Jackson, Number Ones -- No. 57: Thanks to sale pricing and promotion at digital retailers, the greatest hits set returns to the list at No. 57 with 10,000 units (up 999 percent). With 221 nonconsecutive weeks on the chart, Number Ones is Jackson’s third-longest charting title, trailing only The Essential Michael Jackson (226) and Thriller (333).

-- Loreena McKennitt, Lost Souls -- No. 164: McKennitt returns to the chart for the first time since 2010 with her new album, Lost Souls. The set bows at No. 164, and marks her seventh entry on the list. The set also arrives at No. 1 on the World Albums chart -- her fifth leader on the tally.


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