Universal Music Group Holds Entire Top Six Albums on Billboard 200 Chart
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Oct. 27), Universal Music Group (UMG) distributes the entire top six titles — the first time a company has managed the feat since UMG also did it three years ago.
Further, UMG claims eight of the top 10 for the second time in 2018.
UMG distributes Nos. 1-6 on the new chart, led by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack, which was released via Interscope Records. The set is followed by, at Nos. 2-6, respectively: Quavo’s Quavo Huncho (Quality Control/Motown/Capitol), Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V (Young Money/Republic), Lil Baby and Gunna’s Drip Harder (Young Stoner Life/300/Quality Control/Motown/AG/Capitol), Ella Mai’s self-titled album (10 Summers/Interscope) and Drake’s Scorpion (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic). UMG also has Nos. 9 and 10 on the new tally: Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys (Republic) and Eminem’s Kamikaze (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope).
The only titles UMG doesn’t distribute in the top 10 are twenty one pilots’ Trench at No. 7 (Fueled by Ramen/Elektra Music Group, distributed by Warner Music’s WEA Distribution) and Travis Scott’s Astroworld at No. 8 (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic, distributed by Sony Music).
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 Oct. 27-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
Earlier in 2018, UMG nabbed nine of the top 10 on the Sept. 29-dated list.
The last time the company held the entire top six was back on the Nov. 28, 2015 tally. That week, Chris Stapleton was No. 1 with Traveller (on Mercury Nashville Records), while Nos. 2-5 were Eric Church’s Mr. Misunderstood (EMI Nashville), Ellie Goulding’s Delirium (Cherrytree/Interscope Records), The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness (Republic Records) and Tim McGraw’s Damn Country Music (McGraw/Big Machine Records).