Billboard 200 Chart Moves: ’13 Reasons Why’ Season 2 & ‘Deadpool 2’ Soundtracks Debut in Top 40
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, the soundtracks to "13 Reasons Why: Season 2" and "Deadpool 2" debut in the top 40, Joe Bonamassa scores a record-extending No. 1 on the Blues Albums chart…
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated June 2), BTS made K-pop history with the No. 1 debut of their album Love Yourself: Tear. The set, which is the first chart-topper for the K-pop genre, launched with 135,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 24, 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).
Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the rest of the Billboard 200:
— Soundtrack, Deadpool 2 – No. 18 & Soundtrack, 13 Reasons Why: Season 2 – No. 34 — The soundtracks to the superhero sequel Deadpool 2 and the second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why arrive in the top 40 on the Billboard 200 as the titles bow at Nos. 18 and 34, respectively. Both albums surpass the peaks of their original soundtracks: The companion album to the first Deadpool film topped out at No. 30 in 2016, while the one for the first season of 13 Reasons Why peaked at No. 111 in 2017.
Deadpool 2 starts with 21,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 24, according to Nielsen Music. Traditional album sales drove 13,000 of that sum. Meanwhile, streaming powers 13 Reasons Why, as the set enters with 16,000 units (11,000 in streaming-equivalent album units). Seventy-four percent of the album’s on-demand audio streams came from two of its songs: Selena Gomez’s “Back to You” and Billie Eilish and Khalid’s “Lovely.”
— Courtney Barnett, Tell Me How You Really Feel – No. 22 — The album starts with 19,000 units, of which 17,000 were in traditional album sales. And, of that latter sum, vinyl album sales comprise a robust 37 percent (or, slightly more than 6,000 copies). In turn, Tell Me How You Really Feel opens atop the Vinyl Albums chart, marking the second No. 1 on the list for Barnett (following 2015’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit).
— Sam Smith, The Thrill of It All – No. 43 — A number of albums perk up on the list thanks to continued sales generated from concert ticket/album sale redemption offers, including Smith, Robert Plant’s Carry Fire (No. 123) and Kenny Chesney’s Live in No Shoes Nation (No. 169).
— Joe Bonamassa, British Blues Explosion: Live – No. 83 — This is the 19th charting album on the Billboard 200 for the singer-guitarist, and it’s also his record-extending 20th No. 1 on the Blues Albums chart. On Top Rock Albums, the set enters at No. 11.
— BTS, Love Yourself: Her – No. 68 — BTS’ former top 10 album Love Yourself: Her zooms from No. 159 to No. 68 with an 80 percent gain in units (rising to 9,000), thanks to publicity generated by the release of their new No. 1 album, Love Yourself: Tear.
— Ziggy Marley, Rebellion Rises – No. 193— Ziggy Marley’s Rebellion Rises starts at No. 193 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Reggae Albums chart — the sixth leader on the latter tally for the artist. Overall, members of the Marley family have earned 33 No. 1s on the 24-year-old Reggae Albums chart, which accounts for 15 percent of its 222 total No. 1s. Other Marleys with No. 1s: Ziggy’s brothers Stephen (four), Damian (three) and Ky-Mani (two). Their father, Bob, owns a record 18 chart-toppers.