Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Mariah Carey, Elvis Presley & Bing Crosby Return With 'Christmas' Albums

Sarah McColgan
Mariah Carey

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Nov. 24), Kane Brown scored his first No. 1 with Experiment. The country singer-songwriter’s album arrived atop the list with 126,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 15, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 107,000 were in album sales.   

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:  

-- Mariah Carey, Merry Christmas No. 102 -- The pop powerhouse’s Merry Christmas album -- featuring her enduring hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You" -- returns to the chart at No. 102 (9,000 units; up 68 percent) as we march towards the Christmas holiday. The set, like many holiday efforts, revisits the chart each season. Last Christmas season, it reached No. 18 (chart dated Jan. 7, 2018) -- the album’s highest rank since its initial chart run back in 1994 and 1995, when it peaked at No. 3 (Dec. 17, 1994).

Elsewhere on the Billboard 200, a number of Christmas albums return to the tally, including: the TV soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas (No. 147 with 6,000 units; up 1,645 percent), Pentatonix’s That’s Christmas To Me (No. 150 with 6,000 units; up 58 percent), Elvis Presley’s The Classic Christmas Album (No. 187 with 6,000 units; up 37 percent) and Bing Crosby’s The Best of Bing Crosby -- 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection (No. 199 with 5,000 units; up 48 percent).

-- Josh Groban, Bridges No. 25 -- The singer’s former top 10 album returns to the list with 7,000 units (up 64 percent), of which 6,000 were in album sales (up 79 percent). The surge in activity is owed to sales generated by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with his current tour. A few steps below Bridges, Groban’s holiday album Noel jingles its way back onto the tally at No. 141 (7,000 units; up 42 percent). Noel spent five weeks atop the chart in 2007 and 2008, and finished 2007 as the top selling album in the U.S.

-- Sarah Brightman, Hymn – No. 50 -- Sarah Brightman is back on the chart for the first time in more than five years, as her new album, Hymn, debuts at No. 50 (13,000 units). The soprano was last on the tally in May of 2013 when Dreamchaser spent two weeks on the list, peaking at No. 17. The new effort also enters at No. 1 on both the Classical Crossover Albums and overall Classical Albums charts (her eighth leader on both tallies). On both charts, she becomes the female artist with the most No. 1s (stepping ahead of Jackie Evancho, with seven).

-- The Piano Guys, Limitless – No. 58 -- The Piano Guys ring up a debut at No. 58 with Limitless (12,000 units) and also start at No. 1 on the New Age Albums chart (11,000 sales). The set is the act’s eighth chart-topper on the New Age list, tying Enya for the fourth-most No. 1s in the chart’s 30-year history. Ahead of them: Jim Brickman (22 No. 1s), Mannheim Steamroller (19) and Yanni (17).

-- Various Artists, Cities 97.1 Sampler: The Final Chapter No. 80 -- The final edition in the durable charity compilation series from KTCZ Minneapolis (Cities 97) debuts with 10,000 units (all from album sales). The new effort features live recordings, performed in-studio at KTCZ, from acts including Imagine Dragons, A Great Big World, Leon Bridges and Portugal. The Man. Available on CD only in limited quantities (due to publishing company and record label requirements), The Final Chapter was available exclusively via local Minneapolis Target stores and online at Target.com. The set also debuts at No. 1 on the Compilation Albums chart, 12 on Top Rock Albums and No. 6 on Internet Albums. According to KTCZ, the CD series has raised $13 million for Minnesota charities.

-- The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland No. 92  -- Following a 50th anniversary deluxe reissue of the set on Nov. 9, the album re-enters the list at No. 92 with 9,000 units (up 2,143 percent). Of that sum, 8,000 were in album sales (up 2,722 percent). The chart-topping album was reissued with a variety of bonus content in multiple configurations. (All versions of the album, past and present, have been merged together for tracking purposes.)

-- Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour – No. 195 -- The Country Music Association (CMA) Award-winner for album of the year jumps back onto the list with 6,000 units (up 117 percent). The set sold 3,000 copies in the tracking week (up 287 percent). The album took home the CMA Award on Nov. 14 during ABC-TV’s live broadcast of the CMA Awards.