Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Bob Dylan Notches 48th Top 40 Album With 'More Blood, More Tracks'
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Nov. 17), producer Metro Boomin notched his first No. 1 with the arrival of Not All Heroes Wear Capes. The surprise set starts with 99,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 8, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, just 5,000 were in album sales — the bulk of the rest were driven by streaming activity.
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:
— Ariana Grande, Sweetener – No. 11 — Thanks to the buzz generated by Grande’s new single “Thank U, Next,” her two previous albums surge on the list. Sweetener climbs 20-11 with 35,000 units (up 45 percent) while Dangerous Woman vaults 192-108 with 8,000 units (up 58 percent).
— Bob Dylan, More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 14 – No. 25 — The legend collects his 48th top 40-charting album with his latest archival release, More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 14 (21,000 units; 20,000 in album sales). The effort compiles the studio recordings Dylan made in 1974 that would turn into his 1975 album Blood on the Tracks. The new compilation was issued in a number of configurations, including a single disc edition, a double-LP vinyl set and a deluxe box.
Blood on the Tracks reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated March 1, 1975, and spent two weeks atop the list. It was Dylan’s second of five No. 1s.
— Metallica, …And Justice for All – No. 49 — Metallica’s first top 10-charting album, …And Justice for All, returns to the list for the first time in more than a year, thanks to a new 30th anniversary deluxe reissue of the album. The set was remastered and reissued on Nov. 2 and is available in an array of deluxe editions, many with a robust number of bonus tracks. And Justice for All was released in 1988 and peaked at No. 6 on the chart dated Oct. 8, 1988. The album would later launch the band’s first Billboard Hot 100 hit single, “One,” which reached No. 35 on April 8, 1989. The track also marked the group’s first entry on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, topping out at No. 46 on March 18, 1989. So far, Metallica has racked up 16 entries on the Hot 100 and 36 hits on the Mainstream Rock Songs tally.
— Michael Bublé, Christmas – No. 92 — The former No. 1 album makes its annual return to the tally, as it jumps back onto the list at No. 92 with 9,000 units (up 139 percent). The album spent five weeks at No. 1 in December of 2011 and January of 2012. Since then, it has revisited the top 10 in every Christmas season. In 2017, it notched three weeks in the top 10: Dec. 16-30.
— Kids See Ghosts, Kids See Ghosts – No. 166 — The album’s belated release on vinyl LP on Nov. 2 spurs the set’s re-entry at No. 166 (6,000 units; up 71 percent). The album sold 3,000 copies in the latest tracking week (up 536 percent), and vinyl LP sales represented 87 percent of that sum. Kids See Ghosts was initially released on June 8 to streaming services and digital retailers. It then was issued on CD on Sept. 28.
— David Archuleta, Winter in the Air – No. 191 — After five years away from the Billboard 200, David Archuleta is back on the list with his new holiday effort, Winter in the Air. The album arrives with 5,000 units earned (nearly all from album sales). The singer was last on the tally in the spring of 2013 with No Matter How Far, which debuted and peaked at No. 110 on April 13, 2013.
Winter in the Air also debuts at No. 6 on the Holiday Albums chart, notching Archuleta his second top 10 on the tally (following 2009’s No. 2-peaking Christmas From the Heart).