On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated July 1), Katy Perry notched her third No. 1 with the arrival of Witness. The set earned 180,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 15, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 162,000 were in traditional album sales. Three more albums debuted in the top 10: SZA’s Ctrl (at No. 3), Lady Antebellum’s Heart Break (No. 4) and Rise Against’s Wolves (No. 9).
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 latest Billboard 200 chart:
— Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie – No. 17 — Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie arrive together in their first duo project, launching at No. 17 with 23,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 15, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 22,000 were in traditional album sales.
The Buckingham/McVie album surpasses the chart highs of any of the two artists’ solo projects. Buckingham has gone as high as No. 32 on his own with Law and Order in 1981. McVie scaled to No. 26 in 1984 with her self-titled set. Their album is practically a Fleetwood Mac recording, as it includes contributions from four of the band’s five members: Drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie are also featured on the set, while vocalist Stevie Nicks is absent. The last time those members gathered for a Fleetwood Mac studio album was for 1987’s No. 7-peaking Tango in the Night.
— Soundtrack, Trolls - No. 26 — The soundtrack benefits from sale pricing at digital retail, including in the iTunes Store, where it was promoted prominently and featured for $7.99. The album earned 18,000 units (up 24 percent) for the week, with 8,000 of that sum in traditional album sales (up 24 percent). Further, its digital album sales grew 58 percent to 4,000 for the week. (Its physical sales were up too, but by a much smaller amount: 4 percent, lifting the album to a little more than 4,000 physical CDs sold during the tracking frame.)
— Taylor Swift, 1989 - No. 31 — Four of Taylor Swift’s studio albums re-enter the chart, following her much-publicized return to all streaming services on June 9. Her highest charting effort on the new chart is her most recent album, 2014’s 1989, which bounces back onto the list at No. 31. The album generated 18.9 million on-demand audio streams for its songs in the tracking week ending June 15. The set returns to list with 16,000 equivalent album units earned (mainly generated from streaming equivalent album units). 1989 was last in the top 40 on June 4, 2016, when it ranked at No. 26.
— Glen Campbell, Adios – No. 40 —Adios says hello at No. 40, bowing with 14,000 units – nearly all from traditional album sales. The set is billed as the ailing star’s final album. It was recorded in 2012, a year after it was announced he had Alzheimer’s disease. Adios grants Campbell his 16th top 40 album, while on Top Country Albums (where it bows at No. 7), it’s his 19th top 10 effort.
— Original Broadway Cast Recording, Dear Evan Hansen – No. 44 — Following the musical’s six Tony Award wins on June 11, the show’s original Broadway cast recording rockets from No. 147 to No. 44 with 14,000 units (up 155 percent). The album’s sales grew 192 percent – rising from 6,000 to nearly 10,000. In total, sales of cast albums grew 7 percent in the week ending June 15 (rising to 756,000; up from 707,000 in the week previous). Meanwhile, at No. 56, the original Broadway cast recording of Anastasia starts with 11,000 units and 10,000 in album sales. The latter figure is the second-largest sales debut for a cast album in 2017 -- second only to the arrival of Dear Evan Hansen, which launched with 25,000 sold.
— Chuck Berry, Chuck - No. 49 — Chuck Berry’s first album of mostly new music since 1979’s Rock It grants the late legend his best sales week (12,000 copies sold in the week ending June 15) since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. The new effort is Berry’s highest charting album of new music since 1972, when The London Chuck Berry Sessions peaked at No. 8. (That album consisted of five studio recordings and three live tracks. The latter batch of live takes included an 11-minute version of “My Ding-a-Ling,” which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October of 1972.)