On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Aug. 5), JAY-Z’s 4:44 notched a second week at No. 1, earning 87,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen Music. Elsewhere in the top 10, just one album launched in the region: French Montana’s Jungle Rules, which bowed at No. 3 with 52,000 units.
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:
— Bruno Mars, 24K Magic – No. 10 — Bruno Mars scores his third million-selling album, as 24K Magic motored past the million sales mark in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen Music.
The set, which was released last November, sold another 11,000 copies in the latest tracking frame, bringing its to-date sales sum to 1.008 million.
24K Magic follows Mars’ two earlier full-length studio efforts: his 2013 sophomore set, Unorthodox Jukebox (2.57 million sold), and his 2010 debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2.63 million). (Earlier in 2010, Mars issued the introductory digital EP It’s Better If You Don’t Understand, which has sold 27,000.)
24K Magic reached 1 million sold after 34 weeks, while Unorthodox took 13 and Doo-Wops did it in 32 frames.
The new album continues to find success with its singles, as “Versace on the Floor” climbs 57-47 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated Aug. 5. It if hits the top 40, which seems likely, it will grant Mars his third top 40 hit from 24K Magic and his 18th overall. He previously claimed a pair of top 40 hits from the album with its eponymous lead single (peaking at No. 4) and “That’s What I Like” (No. 1).
— Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. – No. 2 — The former No. 1 DAMN. rises a spot, thanks in part to its vinyl release on July 14 — three months after the set was first released (as both a CD and digital download). In its first week on vinyl, it sold 5,000 copies and helps the title’s overall sales rise 42 percent for the week (to 18,000 sold).
— Radiohead, OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997-2017 – No. 23 — Radiohead’s reissue of OK Computer (dubbed OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017) continues to profit from its well-received vinyl release on July 7 (a few weeks after its CD and digital debut on June 23).
While the album descends one spot on the Billboard 200 (falling 23-24 with 16,000 units; down 6 percent), its vinyl sales surge 55 percent to a little more than 12,000 copies sold during the week. That’s the largest week for a vinyl album since October 2016. The last bigger sales week was registered in the frame ending Oct. 6, 2016, when Radiohead’s last studio album, A Moon Shaped Pool, sold 19,000 and Bon Iver’s 22, A Million shifted a little more than 12,000.
The vinyl edition of the OK Computer reissue is available as a standard $40 triple-LP, as well as a $175 box set with the triple-LP, artwork, a sketchbook and even a cassette tape with demo recordings. (The various versions of the vinyl set are combined for sales and chart tracking purposes.)
On the Vinyl Albums chart, OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017 spends a second week at No. 1.
— Kidz Bop Kids, Kidz Bop 35 – No. 32 — Kidz Bop 35 launches at No. 32, granting the long-running series its 34th top 40 set. Every title in the main, numbered Kidz Bop series from Kidz Bop 2 through Kidz Bop 35 have reached the top 40. Kidz Bop Kids’ total album sales — counting the main series as well as its various genre-specific spin-off titles — stand at 17.3 million.
— Zac Brown Band, Welcome Home – No. 25 — The title rises 98-25 with 16,000 units earned (up 139 percent) and 13,000 copies sold (up 212 percent), thanks to continued gains tallied by a concert ticket/album-bundle sale redemption promotion.
— WizKid, Sounds From the Other Side — No. 107 — The Nigerian singer-songwriter (who co-wrote and was featured on Drake’s “One Dance”) arrives with his RCA debut (6,000 units; 3,000 sold). The Afrobeats-influenced set also starts at No. 2 on the World Albums chart.