On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Sept. 16), Lil Uzi Vert leads a parade of debuts into the top 10, as the rapper bows atop the chart with his Luv Is Rage 2 effort. The set earned 135,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 31, according to Nielsen Music. A total of seven albums arrive in the top 10, including sets from XXXTentacion (No. 2), Queens of the Stone Age (No. 3) and Fifth Harmony (No. 4).
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:
— Logic, Everybody – No. 11 — Following Logic’s performance of the album’s “1-800-273-8255” on the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards (Aug. 27), the set vaults from No. 29 to No. 11 with 28,000 units (up 97 percent). On the show, Logic performed the track alongside the song’s featured guests, Alessia Cara and Khalid. Everybody debuted at No. 1 on the May 27-dated chart, but then fell out of the top 10 the following week and has been absent from the region ever since.
— Taylor Swift, 1989 – No. 38 — Taylor Swift’s former No. 1 1989 returns to the top 40 (rising 64-38) with 13,000 units (up 44 percent). The jump comes courtesy of the publicity push behind her new single “Look What You Made Me Do,” which hits No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Elsewhere on the Billboard 200, three earlier Swift albums re-enter the list: Red comes back at No. 118 (6,000 units; up 44 percent), Fearless returns at No. 177 (5,000; up 38 percent) and Speak Now re-enters at No. 194 (4,000 units; up 37 percent).
— Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1 – No. 76 — Chris Stapleton collects his second half-million selling album, as his latest studio effort From A Room: Volume 1 surpasses 500,000 sold in the latest tracking frame. In the week ending Aug. 31, the album sold 6,000 copies, bringing its cumulative sum to 502,000. Stapleton’s previous effort, his debut set Traveller, has sold 2.05 million.
— Dua Lipa, Dua Lipa – No. 85 — Dua Lipa’s self-titled album hits a new chart high, as it climbs 93-85 (8,000 units; up 7 percent), surpassing the set’s initial peak when it arrived at No. 86 on the June 24-dated list. The rise is concurrent with the album’s song “New Rules” debuting at No. 38 on the Pop Songs airplay chart, and jumping 74-67 on the Hot 100.
— Beyoncé, Lemonade – No. 109 — A number of albums get boosts on the Billboard 200 thanks to vinyl releases, led by Beyoncé’s Lemonade at No. 109 (a re-entry with 7,000 units; up 71 percent). The album sold 5,000 copies in the latest week (up 107 percent) with nearly 3,000 of that sum from its new vinyl LP. On the Vinyl Albums chart, Lemonade arrives at No. 6. Meanwhile, the original Broadway cast recording of Dear Evan Hansen and Paramore’s After Laugher also earn gains thanks to their releases on vinyl. The former arrives at No. 7 on Vinyl Albums (2,000 copies sold) while the latter starts at No. 6 (3,000). On the Billboard 200, Hansen re-enters at No. 138 (5,000 units; up 38 percent) while After Laughter returns at No. 111 (6,000 units; up 81 percent).