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 comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new March 20, 2021-dated chart (where Dangerous is No. 1 for a ninth week) will be posted in full on Billboard's website on March 16. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Of Dangerous’ 78,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending March 11, SEA units comprise 71,000 (down 5%, equaling 98.10 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), album sales comprise 6,000 (down 10%) and TEA units comprise 1,000 (down 14%). Dangerous is also the first album to string together nine weeks in a row at No. 1 since Drake’s Views also notched its first nine weeks atop the list.
Dangerous is now one of only four country albums to spend at least nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 -- since the chart began publishing on a regular weekly basis in March of 1956. (Country albums are defined as those that have charted on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.) Dangerous is also the only country set to spend its first nine weeks on the chart at No. 1. Ahead of Dangerous among country sets with the most weeks at No. 1: Garth Brooks’ Ropin’ the Wind (18 weeks, 1991-92), Billy Ray Cyrus’ Some Gave All (17, 1992) and Taylor Swift’s Fearless (11, 2008-09).
Pop Smoke’s former No. 1 Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon rises 3-2 on the latest Billboard 200 with 40,000 equivalent album units earned (down 4%).
Pooh Shiesty’s Shiesty Season hits a new chart peak, as the set climbs 4-3 with 32,000 equivalent album units earned (down 10%). It surpasses its previous high of No. 4, first achieved in its debut week (chart dated Feb. 20).
The Weeknd’s After Hours moves 163-4 with just under 32,000 equivalent album units earned (up 331%). Meanwhile, his best-of compilation The Highlights falls 2-16 with 24,000 units (down 54%). The two albums share a pair of songs, “Blinding Lights” and “Save Your Tears.” On the latest chart, the TEA and SEA units for both songs contribute to After Hours, as a song’s activity is assigned to the artist’s album with the most sales in a week. (After Hours sold 3,000 copies in the latest tracking week, while The Highlights sold 2,000.) A week ago, the TEA and SEA for both songs was directed to The Highlights (which in that frame outsold After Hours). In turn, with the songs’ activity reverting back to After Hours, the album rises 163-4.
Lil Durk’s The Voice is steady at No. 5 with 31,000 equivalent album units earned (down 12%), Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia rises 8-6 with 29,500 units (up 1%), Lil Baby’s former No. 1 My Turn is a non-mover at No. 7 with 29,000 units (down 2%) and Ariana Grande’s former leader Positions dips 6-8 with just over 28,000 units (down 13%).
Rock act Chevelle scores its fifth Billboard 200 top 10 album as Niratias debuts at No. 9 with 28,000 equivalent album units earned. Of the album’s starting sum, a little over 24,000 comprise album sales, a little more than 3,000 comprise SEA units (equaling 4.45 million on-demand streams of the songs) and a negligible sum comprises TEA units. Chevelle previously hit the top 10 with The North Corridor (No. 8 in 2016), La Gargola (No. 3, 2014), Sci-Fi Crimes (No. 6, 2009) and This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) (No. 8, 2004). The new album was led by the single “Self Destructor,” which rose 3-2 on the most recently published Mainstream Rock Airplay chart (dated March 13). It’s the act’s 15th top 10. Niratias gives the Billboard 200’s top 10 its first debut after a three-week drought of new arrivals.
Rounding out the latest top 10 is Luke Combs’ former chart-topper What You See Is What You Get, shifting 9-10 with nearly 28,000 units (down less than 1%).