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Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Joey + Rory’s ‘Hymns’ Returns; Dolan Twins’ Comp Debuts

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Sia's "This Is Acting" scores a big gain after the release of the single "The Greatest," the new "Epic Lit" compilation arrives, Joey + Rory's "Hymns"…

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Sept. 24), Travis Scott scored his first No. 1 with Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, as the set earned 88,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 8 (according to Nielsen Music).

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).


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Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the latest Billboard 200 chart:

Sia, This Is Acting – No. 13 — As Sia’s new single, “The Greatest” featuring Kendrick Lamar, scores the Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 52 (marking her 10th chart hit), her album This Is Acting zooms 22-13 on the Billboard 200. The set earned 24,000 equivalent album units in the latest tracking week — owed in part to tracks and streams of “The Greatest.” The track was added to the album’s tracklist on the Google Play edition of the album. 

Various Artists, Epic Lit – No. 27 — Epic’s compilation of current and rising hits debuts with almost 15,000 units. The 19-song album’s debut is mostly powered by streaming equivalent units: a little more than 10,000. A bit more than 4,000 units were generated by track equivalent units.

A tiny handful of units — 0.05 percent — were powered by traditional album sales. Why such a small number of sales for the album? Likely because of its limited availability and its high price: It’s sold only through the iTunes Store — for $24.51. That’s far higher than the typical price of a compilation album, which is around $9.99.

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Epic Lit follows Epic’s earlier compilation, Epic AF, which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. That set was only available on streaming services, and not sold as an album. Epic AF falls off the latest chart, though it was No. 70 in the previous week. The album suddenly lost momentum because two of its tracks also appear on Epic Lit, and now Epic Lit is earning track and streaming units for those songs, instead of Epic AF (French Montana’s “No Shopping” and “Lockjaw”).

Fleetwood Mac, The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac – No. 50 — The greatest-hits package flies from No. 156 to No. 50 thanks to a 99-cent sale price in the Google Play store. It earned 10,000 units (up 118 percent) and sold 6,000 copies (up 91 percent). It’s the highest rank for the album since 2002 (Nov. 16; No. 44).

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Joey + Rory, Hymns – No. 95 — Joey + Rory’s Hymns jumps back onto the Billboard 200 at No. 95, thanks to buzz generated by a Sept. 4 interview with Rory Feek on CBS Sunday Morning. The album — which debuted and peaked at No. 4 in March — returns to the list with 6,000 units (up 78 percent), with just over 6,000 in traditional album sales (up 79 percent). It’s the album’s best sales week since the chart dated July 16 (7,000).

On CBS Sunday Morning, Feek discussed the passing of his wife, Joey, their marriage and rise to fame, and his new documentary film To Joey, With Love.

Hymns has sold 456,000 copies, according to Nielsen Christian SoundScan, and it is Joey + Rory’s best-selling album. It is also the top-selling Christian or gospel album of the year, and the No. 2 biggest-selling country set, behind only Chris Stapleton’s Traveller (874,000).

Joey + Rory are nominated for vocal duo of the year at the upcoming Country Music Association Awards (CMA Awards), which will be held Nov. 2. It’s their third nomination, following previous nods in the same category in 2010 and 2009.

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Various Artists, The Dolan Twins: Tunesdays – No. 96 — One step below Joey + Rory on the Top Album Sales chart is the latest curated compilation from Heard Well Records, The Dolan Twins: Tunesdays. The 13-song album includes tracks by K.Flay, Hoodie Allen and Ryan Hemsworth.

With 6,000 copies sold in its first week, it’s the best sales frame yet for the Heard Well label. The company — co-founded by social media star Connor Franta — specializes in compilations curated by social media influencers like Franta, Tyler Oakley, Lohanthony, JC Caylen and Andrea Russett.

On the Compilation Albums chart, the new Tunesdays set bows at No. 2. It’s the ninth charting effort from Heard Well on the tally, and the highest charting yet.