The Billboard 200:
There was a lot of big news on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week as Adele’s “21” returned to No. 1 for a 24th week, while Alan Jackson arrived in the runner-up slot with “Thirty Miles West.” The Beach Boys nabbed its highest charting album since 1974, while fellow veteran act Neil Young snared his second-biggest set. And that was just in the top 10…
Now, let’s look at some of the movers and shakers farther down this week’s list:
— Hall & Oates: As we’ve seen in the past year, Amazon MP3’s aggressive sale pricing of albums has greatly impacted the Billboard charts. This week is no different, as the retailer’s $2.99 sale tag for Hall & Oates’ “The Very Best of Daryl Hall/John Oates” enables its re-entry at No. 34. That makes it the highest-charting album for the pop duo — and first top 40 set — since 1988 when “Ooh Yeah!” peaked at No. 24. “The Very Best Of” album earned a whopping 758% sales increase last week, moving a total of 10,000 copies.
— ” Rock of Ages”: The soundtrack to the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical parties with 18,000 in its debut at No. 15. The original cast production of the stage show peaked at No. 118 in 2009.
— Paul Simon & the Beatles: Paul Simon’s “Graceland” returns to the chart this week, bounding back onto the list at No. 51. It was reissued in a variety of formats with bonus tracks and extra material, and sold 8,000 last week. Four steps below Simon is another re-entry, this time from the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine Songtrack.” The album made its digital debut last week via iTunes and was reissued physically. It sold 8,000 overall for the week, up from basically zero units the week previous.
— “Courageous” soundtrack: Wondering why the soundtrack to “Courageous” makes a brave jump from No. 137 to No. 60? Family Christian’s temporary discounting of the set to $5 enabled its praiseworthy climb (up 104%). On Top Christian Albums, it reaches a new peak, jumping 4-3. Thus far, the soundtrack has shifted 89,000.
— Hootie & the Blowfish: The band returns to the Billboard 200 for the first time since 2005 as its “The Best of Hootie & the Blowfish: 1993 Thru 2003” re-enters at No. 158. This 2004 greatest hits package comes back to the tally courtesy of — you guessed it — Amazon MP3. They sold the title for $2.99 and in turn, it gains by 678% in sales.
— “ESPN Presents: Jock Jams Volume 1”: But we’re not done with Amazon MP3’s impact yet. The massive 1995 various artists compilation “Jock Jams” (2.9 million sold) is back with its best sales week since Christmas of 1999. It re-enters at No. 165. It made its digital debut last week (only at AmazonMP3) and re-enters with 3,000 copies. Its rush of sales — nearly all downloads — is owed to Amazon selling it for only $2.99.