On the latest Billboard 200 chart (dated June 6), A$AP Rocky notched his second No. 1 album with the arrival of At.Long.Last.A$AP. The set started with 146,000 units earned in the week ending May 31, according to Nielsen Music. It led three debuts in the top 10, with Boosie BadAzz’s Touch Down 2 Cause Hell also arriving at No. 3, while Hillsong United’s Empires launched at No. 5.
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).
Let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the chart:
— Soundtrack, Pitch Perfect 2 – No. 4 — Three theatrical film soundtracks populate the top 10 of the Billboard 200 for the second time in 2015, as Pitch Perfect 2 (No. 4) and Furious 7 (No. 10) are joined by a returning-to-the-region Fifty Shades of Grey (11-9, though down 15 percent in equivalent album units for the week ending May 31, according to Nielsen Music). 2015 is the first year since 2003 where the chart has seen multiple weeks with three concurrent top 10 film soundtracks. That year, the feat occurred on June 14 and March 8.
— Sam Hunt, Montevallo – No. 12 — Sam Hunt’s Montevallo album flirts with a return to the top 10, as it vaults 20-12 with 26,000 units (up 8 percent). (The album debuted at No. 3 in 2014, and was last in the top 10 on the list dated May 9, 2015.) The set increases in traditional album sales (14,000; up 3 percent) as well as SEA (up 18 percent) and TEA (up 1 percent). The set’s “House Party” single rises 34-28 on the Country Airplay chart, while over on the Pop Songs airplay list, he charts his first entry with the No. 37 debut of “Take Your Time.” The latter cut is a former No. 1 hit on both Country Airplay and the hybrid Hot Country Songs chart (which blends airplay, sales and streaming data).
— Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Multi-Love - No. 98 — The rock band's new studio effort, Multi-Love, is their highest charting yet and first to crack the top 100 (No. 98 with 6,000 units -- mostly all pure album sales). On Alternative Albums, the set arrives at No. 10.
— Bill Withers, Lean on Me: The Best of Bill Withers - No. 131 — HBO's May 30 airing of the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony — which saluted the latest inductees, including Green Day and Bill Withers — helps brings Withers onto the chart for the first time since 1985. His Lean on Me: The Best of Bill Withers, which was released in 1994, arrives at No. 131 with 5,000 units — marking his highest charting set since 1978. He last visited the chart in 1985 for 10 weeks with Watching You, Watching Me, which topped out at No. 143. He last ranked higher with 1978’s No. 39-peaking Menagerie, powered by the hit single “Lovely Day” (it climbed to No. 6 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs).
— Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest, Sylva - No. 162 — The jazzy pop band Snarky Puppy barks with its first entry on the Billboard 200 chart, as Sylva enters at No. 162 with 4,000 units. The album is a collaboration with Dutch Metropole Orkest, and also starts at No. 1 on Heatseekers Albums, Jazz Albums and Contemporary Jazz Albums.