Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Queen Scores 17th Top 40 Album With 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Soundtrack
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Nov. 3), the A Star Is Born soundtrack claimed a third straight week atop the list, 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 album sales (down 30 percent).
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:
— Lay, NAMANANA: 03 – No. 21 & RM, mono. – No. 26 — BTS’ RM nabs his first solo entry on the Billboard 200, as his new mixtape mono. bows at No. 26 with 21,000 equivalent album units earned. The set follows a pair of No. 1s from BTS: Love Yourself: Answer (Sept. 8) and Love Yourself: Tear (June 2). Meanwhile, another K-pop group spins off a debuting member on the list, as EXO’s Lay enters at No. 21 with his second studio album NAMANANA: 03 (24,000 units).
— Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (Soundtrack) – No. 22 — Queen collects its 17th top 40 album on the Billboard 200, as the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack bows at No. 22 with 24,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 12,000 were in traditional album sales. The companion album to the film of the same name collects familiar highlights from Queen’s career, including a handful of tracks from the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985 -- the first time the recordings have been released in audio form.
— Dua Lipa, Dua Lipa – No. 42 — After its reissue on Oct. 19 with bonus tracks, including “One Kiss” with Calvin Harris and “Electricity” with Silk City, the album rises (14,000 units; up 122 percent) to its highest rank since April 28 (No. 41).
— Lindsey Stirling, Warmer In the Winter – No. 74 — Lindsey Stirling’s 2017 holiday album Warmer in the Winter jumps back onto the Billboard 200 at No. 74 (and jumps 10-1 on the Holiday Albums chart) following its deluxe reissue on Oct. 19 with bonus tracks. The set earned 10,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 25, according to Nielsen Music, with 9,000 of that sum coming from album sales. The album has sold 148,000 copies in total -- combining both the original release and its reissue. Warmer was 2017’s third-largest selling holiday album (132,000 sold), coming in behind a pair of titles from Pentatonix: A Pentatonix Christmas (346,000) and That’s Christmas to Me (135,000).
— Soundtrack, Halloween (2018) – No. 60 — The score soundtrack from the new Halloween film scares up a debut at No. 60 with 11,000 units (10,000 in album sales). The movie is a direct sequel to the 1978 horror classic of the same name, which was directed and scored by John Carpenter. He returned to compose the score of the new film (alongside his son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies). Halloween did particularly well on vinyl, as it sold 6,000 copies on the format, debuting at No. 2 on the Vinyl Albums chart. Oddly enough, the original Halloween film -- despite its iconic main title theme -- didn’t earn a soundtrack album release in the U.S. until 1983, and never charted on the Billboard 200. That said, the 1978 Halloween theme, which is reworked for the 2018 film, has sold a sturdy 324,000 downloads since Nielsen started tracking digital sales in 2003.
— The Weeknd, Starboy – No. 84 — The album collects its 100th consecutive week on the list, never having departed the top 100. It’s The Weeknd’s third album to reach the 100-week milestone, following Trilogy and Beauty Behind the Madness.
— Soundtrack, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – No. 95 — The soundtrack to Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again zips 135-95 on with 8,000 units (up 31 percent) following its home video release on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on Oct. 23.