On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated June 9), Shawn Mendes notched his third No. 1 album, as his new self-titled set arrived atop the list. The project earned 182,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 31, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 142,000 were in traditional album sales. Both figures represent new weekly highs for Mendes.
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:
— Billie Eilish, Don’t Smile at Me – No. 97 — The set breaks into the top 100 for the first time, as it rises 121-97 in its 21st week on the list. The effort tallied its best week yet, as it earned 7,000 units (up 10 percent). Don’t Smile at Me is likely reaping the rewards of Eilish’s exposure on her new collaboration with Khalid, “Lovely,” from the 13 Reasons Why: Season 2 soundtrack. (However, “Lovely” is not on Don’t Smile at Me.)
— Imagine Dragons, Evolve – No. 17 — After 49 weeks on the list, the album has yet to leave the top 20. On the latest chart, it rises 20-17 with 21,000 units (up 1 percent). So far, the set has earned 1.7 million equivalent album units, of which 585,000 are in traditional album sales. The album is currently enjoying its third top 20-charting hit single on the Billboard Hot 100, as “Whatever It Takes” shifts 17-18, after previously peaking at No. 12. Earlier, the set launched the top 10 hits “Believer” (No. 4) and “Thunder” (No. 4).
— Maroon 5, Red Pill Blues – No. 38 — Thanks to the success of the album’s “Girls Like You,” the set rebounds into the top 40 with a 75-38 climb (13,000 units; up 53 percent). “Girls,” now featuring Cardi B, debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 94 and is bubbling under the threshold of the Pop Songs airplay chart.
— Soundtrack, Solo: A Star Wars Story – No. 61 — The film’s soundtrack arrives at No. 61 with 10,000 units (9,000 from traditional album sales), and also bows at No. 1 on the Classical Albums chart.
The new movie is set in the Star Wars universe, but it’s not part of the main Star Wars saga of films.
The Star Wars saga has launched eight films thus far, and its most recent release was 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The latter movie’s companion album debuted and peaked at No. 12 in January 2018.
All eight of the main Star Wars film soundtracks have reached the top 20, with six of them hitting the top 10.
Two spin-off prequels — Solo: A Star Wars Story and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — reached Nos. 61 and 29, respectively.
Here’s a look at the Star Wars soundtracks and how they performed on the Billboard 200:
Title, Peak Position, Peak Date
Star Wars, No. 2, Sept. 10, 1977
The Empire Strikes Back, No. 4, July 12, 1980
Return of the Jedi, No. 20, July 9, 1983
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, No. 3, May 22, 1999
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, No. 6, May 11, 2002
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, No. 6, May 21, 2005
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, No. 5, Jan. 9, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, No. 29, Jan. 7, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, No. 12, Jan. 3, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story, No. 61, June 9, 2018
— Sting & Shaggy, 44/876 – No. 137 — The album hops back onto the chart at No. 137 with 5,000 units (up 124 percent) following Sting and Shaggy’s performance on NBC’s Today show on May 25. The album also climbs 3-1 on the Reggae Albums chart, collecting its fifth week atop the tally.