This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, ScHoolboy Q nabbed his first No. 1 with “Oxymoron,” while the top 10 welcomed a total of six debuts. That’s the most arrivals in the top 10 since last November.
Outside the very busy top 10, there were a number of movers and shakers. Let’s take a closer look at some of them…
— Celtic Woman, “Emerald: Musical Gems” (No. 29): The Irish vocal act celebrates its 10th No. 1 on the World Albums chart with this new album, tying with Celtic Thunder for the most No. 1s in the tally’s nearly 24-year history.
— Soundtrack, “Girls: Volume 2” (No. 37): The soundtrack flies from No. 198 to No. 37, selling 9,000 copies for the week (up 26%). The Feb. 23 episode of the show featured two of the album’s songs (by Lily Allen and Miguel), which is likely a driver behind its sales spike.
— Soundtrack, “Son of God” (No. 67): The film is a distilled version of 2013 “The Bible” TV miniseries, and the “God” soundtrack (5,000 sold) also borrows four songs from the previously charting Bible album.
— Brian Culbertson, “Another Long Night Out” (No. 83): The Indiegogo-funded album also debuts at No. 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart — his sixth leader. The set features a bevy of guests, including Lee Ritenour, Russ Freeman, Candy Dulfer and Chuck Loeb.
— Jake Bugg, “Shangri La” (No. 94): The singer/songwriter performed on “American Idol” on Feb. 27, thus causing a sales surge and reentry for this set (up 551%). He also scores a return to the chart with his self-titled album at No. 200, gaining by 297%. After his performance, he told the BBC that he only performed on the show at the request of Keith Urban, who is a judge on the series. Bugg also referred to “Idol” as a “dream smasher” and “cruel,” with regards to how it dismisses contestants.
— Of Monsters and Men, “My Head Is An Animal” (No. 142): Of Monsters and Men’s “My Head Is Animal” reaches its milestone 100th week on the Billboard 200 chart. The Republic set slips 135-142 on the list, selling another 3,000 in the week ending March 2 (down 8%, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
Since debuting and peaking on the April 21, 2012-dated chart at No. 6, the album has never left the tally. And it has consistently popped in-and-out-of the top 100 positions in three consecutive years. (It most recently visited the region with the Feb. 1 chart.)
The album’s total sales are approaching 1 million, as the set has now shifted 996,000.
— Soundtrack, “American Hustle” (No. 146): A March 1 sale on soundtracks at Amazon MP3 helps this title rise with a 97% gain. The $3.99 pricing also aids “Les Miserables” (up by 73%) and “The Lion King” (up 401%), which are Nos. 9 and 10 on the Soundtrack Albums chart.
— Fitz and the Tantrums, “More Than Just a Dream” (No. 178): A performance of the group’s “The Walker” on ABC’s “Good Morning America” pumps the set’s 32% increase and a reentry at No. 178. “The Walker,” meanwhile, becomes the band’s first Billboard Hot 100 hit, bowing at No. 93.