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Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Adele’s ’25’ Sales Continue to Climb, Grateful Dead Debuts Latest ‘Dave’s Picks’ Set

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Adele's "25" sales continue to grow, Grateful Dead clocks another top 40-charting album, Keith Sweat arrives in the top 40, NEEDTOBREATHE takes a tumble, and…

On the most recent Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Aug. 13), Drake’s Views spent a 12th week at No. 1, while Gucci Mane’s Everybody Looking arrived at No. 2. Elsewhere in the top 10, Sia’s This Is Acting vaulted 11-6 for its first week in the region since its debut frame back in February.

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:

Adele, 25 – No. 7 — The album’s total U.S. sales stand at 8,905,000 after just 36 weeks in release. Considering that it is selling between 14,000 and 20,000 on a weekly basis, the album should cross the 9 million mark in short order. Her previous album, 21, has sold 11.7 million.

Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks, Volume 19: Honolulu Civic Auditorium – 1/23/70 – No. 26 — It’s the sixth album from the band to debut on the chart in 2016. So far this year, the group has sold 188,000 albums – many from their popular archival series Dave’s Picks. In 2015, the band sold a handsome 397,000.

Keith Sweat, Dress to Impress – No. 34 — The R&B star scores his 14th charting solo album as Dress to Impress bows at No. 34 with 13,000 units earned in the week ending July 28. Of that sum, 12,000 were in traditional album sales. Sweat arrived on the Billboard 200 back on Jan. 9, 1988 with Make It Last Forever, which eventually reached No. 15. He’s notched 13 solo top 40 albums, and another two as part of the super group LSG (Gerald Levert, Sweat and Johnny Gill).

NEEDTOBREATHE, H A R D L O V E – No. 52 — The set claims a massive 50-position drop in its second week (falling 2-52). Since the Billboard 200 combined its former separate stereo and mono album charts in 1963, no album has taken a steeper fall from the top two. (Previously, the biggest fall from the region was earned by Deftones’ Gore, which collapsed 38 rungs, descending 2-40 on the May 7-dated chart.)

Stephen Marley, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life – No. 129 — The reggae artist’s latest release starts at No. 129 on the Billboard 200 (a little over 5,000 units – nearly all from traditional album sales), marking his third entry on the list. On the Reggae Albums chart, it enters at No. 1, and it’s his fourth leader on the tally. It’s the second No. 1 on the Reggae Albums chart for the Marley family in 2016, following his brother, Ziggy Marley. The latter debuted atop the list dated June 11 with his self-titled album.