On the most recent Billboard 200 chart (dated Oct. 17), Fetty Wap’s self-titled album bowed at No. 1 -- the first debut studio set from a hip-hop act to open atop the list in over two years. Fetty Wap was one of seven debuts in the top 10 of the chart, the second straight week the top tier has seen that many new arrivals.
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 Oct. 17 chart:
— New Order, Music Complete - No. 34 — New Order achieves its highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 since 1993, as Music Complete debuts at No. 34 with 13,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 1 (according to Nielsen Music). The band last went higher with 1993’s Republic, debuting and peaking at No. 11 (their highest charting set ever). Music is the group’s Mute debut, their first studio effort since 2005’s Waiting for the Sirens’ Call (No. 46 peak), and their ninth charting set.
— Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Music of Jerome Kern - No. 96 — Tony Bennett’s 45th charting album also debuts at No. 1 on the Traditional Jazz Albums chart, his 12th leader on the list. He most recently led the tally with his Lady Gaga collaboration Cheek to Cheek (18 weeks at No. 1). Bennett’s first entry on the chart came on the Feb. 23, 1957-dated tally, when the simply titled Tony entered the list, eventually peaking at No. 14. Among his hit albums are the chart-topping Duets II in 2011 and Cheek to Cheek.
— Dumblonde, Dumblonde - No. 129 — Dumblonde — comprised of two members of the defunct girl group Danity Kane — debuts at No. 129 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 1 on Heatseekers Albums with their self-titled set (5,000 sold in the week ending Oct. 1, according to Nielsen Music). Dumblonde was formed by Shannon Bex and Aubrey O’Day after a Danity Kane reunion went south in 2014. The former quintet, which earned two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 in 2006 and 2008, reformed as a quartet in 2013 (without former member D. Woods). Then, in 2014, Aundrea Fimbres departed the group, leaving Bex, O’Day and Dawn Richard. The trio carried on until August 2014, when a physical altercation involving the three ended the reunion.
— Soundtrack, Outlander: The Series — Original Television Soundtrack, Vol. 2 - No. 147 — The second installment of the hit TV series’ soundtrack bows with 4,000 units for the week. It also enters at No. 4 on the Soundtracks chart.
— Shawn Colvin, Uncovered - No. 175 — The singer returns to the Billboard 200 with her ninth charting effort, bowing at No. 175 with 4,000 units (nearly all from pure album sales). The new set is a covers set, where she interprets tunes written by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and John Fogerty. The new album also debuts at No. 7 on the Folk Albums chart.
— Il Volo, Grande Amore: International Version – No. 188 — Three similar Il Volo albums debut on three different Oct. 17-dated Billboard charts. The Italian/English Grande Amore: International Edition starts at No. 188 on the Billboard 200, while its Spanish equivalent, Grande Amore, bows at No. 7 on Top Latin Albums. Then, the Italian-language set, L’Amore Si Muove, starts at No. 9 on the Classical Crossover Albums chart. Bonus: both Grande Amore: International Version and Grande Amore also start in the top 10 on the Classical Crossover Albums chart, at Nos. 1 and 5, respectively. Thus, Il Volo has three concurrently charting albums in the top 10.