The Weeknd’s Starboy stays steady at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, collecting a third nonconsecutive week on top. Meanwhile, following La La Land’s big night at the Golden Globe Awards, the film’s soundtrack flies from No. 15 to No. 2. Starboy earned 63,000 equivalent album units (down 10 percent) in the week ending Jan. 12, according to Nielsen Music, while La La Land jumps to the runner-up slot with 42,000 units (up 83 percent).
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Jan. 28, 2017-dated chart (where the Weeknd captures a third week at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Wednesday, Jan. 18 (one day later due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday on Jan. 16).
Of Starboy’s units earned for the week, traditional album sales comprised 14,000 of that sum. The bulk of the set’s units were generated by streams -- as streaming equivalent units totaled 38,000 of its total.
As for La La Land, most of its units were powered by traditional album sales, as 30,000 copies of the album were sold (up 88 percent). It was the top-selling album of the week, and climbs to No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart.
The Moana soundtrack slips from No. 2 to No. 3 with 39,000 units (down 40 percent); thus, the chart has two soundtracks within the top three for the first time in more than a year-and-a-half. It last occurred on the chart dated May 30, 2015, when the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack debuted at No. 1, while the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack rose from No. 6 to No. 3.
Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic descends one spot to No. 4 on the new Billboard 200 (36,000 units; down 20 percent); J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only holds at No. 5 (30,000 units; down 22 percent); the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: American Musical is stationary at No. 6 (29,000 units; down 10 percent); and Drake’s Views falls 4-7 (28,000 units; down 32 percent).
Rock band Dropkick Murphys scores its third straight top 10 album, as 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory debuts at No. 8 with 26,000 units (mostly from album sales, as 24,000 copies of the album were sold during the week). The set follows their first two top 10s: Signed and Sealed in Blood (it bowed and peaked at No. 9 in 2013 with 33,000 sold), and the act’s highest charting album, Going Out in Style (it debuted and peaked at No. 6 in 2011 with 43,000 sold -- their best sales week ever).
Post Malone's Stoney returns to the top 10, stepping 14-9 with 23,000 units — though down 3 percent.
Closing out the top 10 is Chris Stapleton’s surging Traveller album, which vaults from No. 22 to No. 10 with 22,000 units (up 21 percent). The former No. 1 set gain in album sales (12,000 sold; up 11 percent), track equivalent album units (5,000; up 63 percent) and streaming equivalent album units (5,000; up 15 percent). One of the album’s songs, Stapleton’s cover of “Tennessee Whiskey,” reenters the Digital Song Sales chart at No. 24 with 26,000 downloads sold (up 208 percent).
The rise of both the album and the song follows the success of a viral video on Facebook, where a father sings along to Stapleton’s version of “Tennessee Whiskey” in his car, while his daughter records the performance (and sweetly reacts to her dad’s singing). The original Facebook video was uploaded on Jan. 1 and has collected more than 20 million views. It’s likely that interest in the viral video encouraged fans to buy Stapleton’s version of the song, as well as his Traveller album.