Universal Music Group Holds Nine of the Top 10 Albums on Billboard 200 Chart
It's a big week for Universal Music Group (UMG) on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as the company distributes a stunning nine out of the top 10 albums on the latest tally, dated Sept. 29.
It's the first time that a company has claimed the feat in nearly five years, dating back to the Nov. 30, 2013 chart, when UMG also held nine of the top 10.
On the new Billboard 200, UMG stands tall with Carrie Underwood's No. 1 debut Cry Pretty (released via Capitol Records Nashville), which also earned the biggest week for an album by a female artist in 2018 (in terms of equivalent album units earned). Cry Pretty is Underwood's first album for Capitol Nashville, after a career with Sony Music's Arista Nashville.
UMG is also at Nos. 2-4 and 6-10 with: Eminem's Kamikaze (No. 2, Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records) 6LACK's East Atlanta Love Letter (a debut at No. 3, LVRN/Interscope), Drake's Scorpion (No. 4, Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records), Post Malone's beerbongs & bentleys (No. 6, Republic), Ariana Grande's Sweetener (No. 7, Republic), Paul McCartney's Egypt Station (No. 8, MPL/Capitol Records), Nicki Minaj's Queen (No. 9, Young Money/Cash Money/Republic) and Juice WRLD's Goodbye & Good Riddance (No. 10, Grade A/Interscope).
The only album in the top 10 not distributed by UMG is Travis Scott's Astroworld, at No. 5 (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic Records, distributed by Sony Music).
UMG's near-monopoly of the top 10 marks another achievement for the company in 2018; back on the April 14-dated chart, the company held eight of the top 10. Also earlier this year, UMG's Republic Records notched the rare feat of having four out of the top five albums concurrently (on the Sept. 1 chart). And, less than two months earlier, Republic held the entire top three (July 14 chart).
The last time UMG hit nine of the top 10, in 2013, two of the same artists from this week were also on the list: Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP 2 was at No. 2 and Drake's Nothing Was The Same was at No. 9, while Lady Gaga's Artpop led the chart at No. 1.