On the latest Billboard 200 chart (dated Aug. 1), Future notched his first No. 1 album with the chart-topping arrival of DS2. The rapper’s set moved 151,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 23, 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. 8 chart:
— Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt - No. 54 — Jason Aldean’s most recent album, Old Boots, New Dirt, surpasses the million-sold mark this week. The set sold another 6,000 copies in the frame ending July 23, bringing its to-date total to 1.003 million in the U.S. With the achievement, all six of Aldean’s albums have now sold at least a million copies.
Old Boots, New Dirt was released on Oct. 7, 2014, and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. It was led by the smash single “Burnin’ It Down,” which spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The album has also spun five more top 20 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart: “Sweet Little Somethin’” (No. 17 peak), “Two Night Town” (No. 18), “Gonna Know We Were Here” (No. 12), “Tonight Looks Good On You” (No. 6) and “Just Gettin’ Started” (No. 5).
— Shawn Mendes, Handwritten – No. 21 — Back when Shawn Mendes’ Handwritten album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (May 2-dated chart), it was a notable achievement for an artist that had yet to earn an airplay chart hit. At that point, Mendes -- who found initial fame thanks to his Vine videos -- had logged three entries on the Billboard Hot 100, but all were driven largely by streams and sales. Now, Mendes has a moderate airplay hit under his belt with the Handwritten single “Stitches,” which bullets at No. 31 on Pop Songs airplay chart (known as Mainstream Top 40 on billboard.biz) in its eighth chart week. The single concurrently rises 57-54 on the Hot 100; his second-highest charting hit (after introductory single “Life of the Party” peaked at No. 24 last year). Handwritten is feeling the impact of “Stitches,” as the album climbs 22-21 on the Billboard 200, and claiming its highest rank since its second week on the list (May 9; No. 17). Sales of the album remain mostly steady, as it generally sells between 5,000 and 6,000 copies per week. Its total sales stand at 189,000.
— Sublime With Rome, Sirens - No. 34 — The band collects its 12th chart entry, and second with singer Rome, as Sirens bows with 12,000 units (11,000 in pure album sales). In total, the group has sold 14.9 million albums in the U.S.
— The Notorious B.I.G., Greatest Hits – No. 53 — a number of hip-hop titles make gains thanks to promotion at digital retailers. The Notorious B.I.G.’s Greatest Hits re-enters at No. 52 (10,000 units; up 205 percent -- but up by 1,237 percent in download sales) while Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet has the Billboard 200’s largest percentage gain, rising 85 percent in overall units (4,000 to nearly 7,000) and climbing 198-88. Gambino’s album also tallies a 400 percent jump in download sales. Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City also rallies (earning the Greatest Gainer award), as it steps 93-43 (11,000 units; up 71 percent; up 349 percent in digital sales).
— Original Broadway Cast, Finding Neverland – No. 84 — Finding Neverland also starts at No. 1 on Top Cast Albums with a little over 6,000 copies sold. That’s the biggest sales frame for a cast set since the week ending June 8, 2014, when If/Then launched with 15,000 sold.
— N.W.A, The Best of N.W.A: The Strength of Street Knowledge - No. 143 — N.W.A returns to the Billboard 200 chart for the first time since 1996, as The Best of N.W.A: The Strength of Street Knowledge re-enters at No. 155 (4,000 equivalent album units). The set’s sales grew by 1,147 percent in the week ending July 23 (according to Nielsen Music) to nearly 3,000 sold. The surge comes not just from promotion at digital retailers, but also thanks to publicity surrounding the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton (due in movie theaters on Aug. 14).