Plus: The first “Mamma Mia!” soundtrack returns to the top 25, and ABBA’s “Gold — Greatest Hits” reaches a new peak.
All things ABBA are on the rise, thanks to the ABBA-inspired movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. The soundtrack to the hit film of the same name, the sequel to 2008’s Mamma Mia!, zooms into the top five on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Meanwhile, the original Mamma Mia! soundtrack returns to the top 25 and ABBA’s 25-year-old Gold -- Greatest Hits reaches a new chart high.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Aug. 4-dated chart (where Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again hits the top 10) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, July 31.
The Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again soundtrack zooms from No. 20 to No. 3 in its second week. The set earned 48,000 units (up 150 percent), of which 34,000 were in traditional album sales (up 104 percent). The album is basking in the glow of its parent film’s release in theaters, as the hit movie opened on July 20 -- the first day of the chart’s tracking week.