'A Star Is Born' Soundtrack Earns Third Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, Future & Juice WRLD Debut at No. 2
Plus: Greta Van Fleet, Disturbed and Khalid debut in the top 10.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack holds steady at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a third week, earning 109,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 25 (down 24 percent) according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 61,000 were in traditional album sales (down 30 percent).
A Star Is Born is the first soundtrack to spend its first three weeks at No. 1 in more than 10 years. The last title to do so was the soundtrack to the Disney Channel TV movie High School Musical 2, which ruled for its first four weeks (Sept. 1-Sept. 22, 2007). The last theatrical film soundtrack, like A Star Is Born, to score its first three weeks at No. 1 was Bad Boys II, which spent its first four weeks atop the list back in 2003 (Aug. 2-Aug. 23, 2003).
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 Nov. 3-dated chart -- where A Star Is Born holds at No. 1 -- will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
With a third week in charge at No. 1, A Star Is Born now stands as Lady Gaga’s longest-leading No. 1 album. It surpasses Born This Way, which spent two weeks atop the tally in 2011.
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Future and Juice WRLD’s collaborative effort WRLD ON DRUGS enters with 98,000 units (8,000 from album sales). The set’s entry is powered largely by streaming activity, as it racked up 88,000 in SEA units, which translates to 123.4 million on-demand audio streams for the set’s tracks in its debut frame. It is the most-streamed album of the week.
WRLD ON DRUGS marks the second top five-charting set of 2018 for both Future and Juice WRLD. Future hit No. 3 on July 21 with his streaming-only release Beastmode 2, while Juice WRLD peaked at No. 4 on Aug. 11 with Goodbye & Good Riddance. In total, DRUGS is the tenth top 10 effort for Future, and the second for Juice WRLD.
Rock band Greta Van Fleet starts at No. 3 with its debut full-length studio album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army. The 10-song set enters with 87,000 units, of which 80,000 were in album sales (making it the top selling album of the week). Anthem follows the No. 36-peaking From the Fires, which was promoted as a double EP. The 2017 eight-song release contained four new songs, as well as the four tracks from the band’s previous EP, Black Smoke Rising, which topped out at No. 182.
Anthem was led by the single “When the Curtain Falls,” which has so far climbed to No. 2 on the most recently published Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart (dated Oct. 27). The band previously clocked a pair of Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1s with “Safari Song” and “Highway Tune,” both of which were originally found on the Black Smoke Rising EP.
For the first time in over three months, there are two rock albums in the top five of the Billboard 200. Greta Van Fleet’s Anthem of the Peaceful Army is joined by Disturbed’s Evolution, which bows at No. 4. The latter debuts with 71,000 units, of which 65,000 were in album sales. The chart’s top five last housed a pair of rock sets back on the July 11-dated tally, when Florence + The Machine’s High as Hope and Gorillaz’s The Now Now debuted at Nos. 2 and 5, respectively.
Evolution is Disturbed’s sixth top 10 effort, and it follows the band’s previous studio release, 2015’s Immortalized, which bowed at No. 1 with 98,000 units earned in its first week. Evolution was ushered in by the single “Are You Ready,” which spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart and marked the band’s eighth leader on the tally.
The arrivals of both Anthem of the Peaceful Army and Evolution were enhanced by album sales generated from concert ticket/album sale redemption offers for their respective upcoming U.S. tours.
Lil Wayne’s former No. 1 Tha Carter V shifts 3-5 with 65,000 units (down 24 percent), Lil Baby and Gunna’s Drip Harder falls 4-6 with 56,000 units (down 21 percent) and Drake’s former leader Scorpion dips 6-7 with 51,000 units (down 7 percent).
Singer-songwriter Khalid lands his second top 10 effort on the Billboard 200, as his new EP Suncity bows at No. 8 with 50,000 units earned (9,000 from album sales). The seven-track set follows his debut full-length studio album American Teen, which reached No. 4 on Sept. 29, 2017. Teen, which rises 39-37 on the new chart, has never departed the top 50 in its 86 consecutive weeks on the list. The album debuted on the March 25, 2017-dated tally.
Rounding out the top 10 are two more former No. 1s, Travis Scott’s Astroworld, which descends 8-9 with 47,000 units (down 1 percent) and Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys, slipping 9-10 with 42,000 units (down 4 percent).