On the latest Billboard 200 chart (dated Aug. 1), Tyrese scored his first No. 1 album with Black Rose. The singer/actor’s set moved 77,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 16, according to Nielsen Music.
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 Aug. 1 chart:
— Kidz Bop Kids, Kidz Bop 29 – No. 4 — Kidz Bop Kids debut at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with Kidz Bop 29, shifting 38,000 units (pure album sales totaled 36,000 of that sum). All of the numbered Kidz Bop albums since Kidz Bop 18 have debuted in the top 10. In total, the brand has racked up 22 top 10 efforts. The new set features kid-friendly (and kid-sung) covers of contemporary pop hits like Wiz Khalifa’s Furious 7 smash “See You Again.” Kidz Bop 29 also opens at No. 1 on the Kid Albums chart, marking the brand’s 51st No. 1.
— R5, Sometime Last Night – No. 6 — R5 logs its highest charting album yet, as their second full-length set Sometime Last Night bows at No. 6. The group features musician/actor Ross Lynch -- co-star of Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally TV series and Teen Beach musical films. In total, the combined sales of R5’s four albums (two EPs and two full-length sets), three Austin & Ally soundtracks (filled with Lynch-sung tunes) and two Teen Beach albums (again, enhanced with Lynch) stand at 1 million. In addition, Lynch has sold 1.8 million sold downloads, while R5 has moved another 919,000.
R5 recently celebrated its first airplay chart hit, as “Let’s Not Be Alone Tonight,” peaked at No. 38 on the Pop Songs list dated May 2.
— Eric Church, The Outsiders - No. 31 — The country singer celebrates his second million-selling album, as The Outsiders reaches one million sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. The album -- his fourth studio effort -- sold another 7,000 copies in the week ending July 16, bringing its cumulative sum to 1.007 million. Church’s biggest selling album remains his third studio set, Chief, which has moved 1.86 million since its release in 2011.
— Various Artists, 2015 Warped Tour Compilation - No. 49 — Sales of the album generated at stops of the annual tour -- this year’s trek launched in earnest on June 19 in Pomona, Calif. -- push the set’s 69 percent overall unit gain. The U.S. leg of the tour wraps Aug. 8 in Auburn, Wash.
— Years & Years, Communion – No. 47 — British pop/electronic trio Years & Years sees its debut album bow at No. 47 with 10,000 units earned. (Of that, pure album sales equaled just under 9,000 copies.) Back in their home country, the group earned a No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart with Communion, as the title debuted atop the tally. Back in June, Billboard tipped Years & Years as an act to watch for in our regular Tomorrow’s Hits feature, noting how their song “King” was beginning to take off. The track, which spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart, has also reached the top 40 on the Pop Songs airplay chart and the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
Communion also arrives at No. 1 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart.