Hoodie SZN continues to be overwhelmingly driven by streaming activity on the chart, as almost 55,000 of its total units come from SEA units, while TEA units equal 1,000, and album sales number a little under 1,000. The set’s album sales actually dip a bit from what they were a week ago. (Billboard rounds all Nielsen Music units and sales to the nearest thousand.) Thus, with Hoodie SZN’s sales slipping further, it beats its own record for the smallest weekly album sales total for a No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since the tally transitioned from an album sales-only list to a multi-metric-consumption ranking in December of 2014.
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack hits a new high, rising 3-2 with 52,000 units (up 6 percent). The album is basking in the glow of its No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Sunflower,” by Post Malone and Swae Lee. The track climbing to No. 1 on the most recently published list, dated Jan. 19.
The rest of the Billboard 200’s new top 10 is full of former No. 1s.
Rounding out the Billboard 200’s top five: 21 Savage’s I Am > I Was falls 2-3 (46,000 units; down 17 percent), Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys steps 5-4 (43,000 units; down 1 percent) and Meek Mill’s Championships slips 4-5 (42,000 units; down 9 percent).
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack ascends 7-6 (40,000 units; down 1 percent) while remaining the top-selling album of the week, with 22,000 copies sold (up 6 percent). Travis Scott’s Astroworld moves 6-7 (nearly 40,000 units; down 3 percent), Drake’s Scorpion is a non-mover at No. 8 (39,000 units; down 4 percent) and the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman, which rises 11-9 (36,000 units; up 4 percent). Closing out the top 10 is Kodak Black’s Dying to Live, falling 9-10 (35,000 units; down 10 percent).
Notably, for the third week in a row, there isn’t a single debut within the top 40 of the Billboard 200 chart. The last time the region housed any bows was on the Jan. 5-dated list, when four new arrivals populated the top 40 (including I Am > I Was and Hoodie SZN at Nos. 1 and 2).
The dearth of debuts, owed to the usual post-holiday season lull for new releases, should halt on the Feb. 2-dated list, as industry forecasters suggest that Future’s new Future HNDRXX Presents: The WIZRD could open atop the tally. Other likely top 40 bows may come from Maggie Rogers’ Heard It In a Past Life and Cody Johnson’s Ain’t Nothin’ to It.