On the most recent Billboard 200 chart (dated Feb. 6), Panic! at the Disco scored its first No. 1 with Death of a Bachelor. The set started with 190,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Jan. 21, according to Nielsen Music, with 169,000 of that sum in pure album sales.
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:
— Kidz Bop Kids, Kidz Bop 31 – No. 6: The debut marks the 45th charting effort for the Kidz Bop Kids series, and 23rd top 10 (it enters with 45,000 equivalent album units). Over on the Kid Albums chart, the set marks the brand’s 33rd No. 1 with its chart-topping arrival.
— Eagles, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 – No. 11: Following the death of Glenn Frey on Jan. 18, fans remembered him with his music. His albums and songs — solo and with his band the Eagles — surged in popularity in the latest chart tracking week.
Eagles’ catalog of albums notch a huge sales gain: 501 percent in the week ending Jan. 21, according to Nielsen Music (rising to 52,000 sold), led by Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (21,000; up 479 percent). The album vaults 113-11 on the Billboard 200 with 31,000 units (up 498 percent) to its highest rank since May 22, 1976 (the same year the album spent five weeks at No. 1).
Eagles’ total song sales climbed 684 percent for the week (to 153,000 downloads), while on-demand streams (both audio and video) rose by 303 percent (to 12.2 million). As for Frey’s solo albums, they sold 6,000 (up 9,111 percent) while his digital song sales numbered 39,000 (up 4,823 percent). Frey’s greatest hits album Solo Collection, released in 1995, debuts on the Billboard 200 at No. 82 (7,000 equivalent album units) — his first visit to the chart since 2012 and highest-ranking set since 1988.
Frey’s on-demand streams jumped to 3 million (up 3,265 percent). His 1985 No. 2 Billboard Hot 100 hit “You Belong to the City” gathered most of those clicks: 616,000.
— Hank Williams Jr., It’s About Time – No. 15: Country veteran Hank Williams Jr. rides in to a No. 15 debut on the Billboard 200 with It’s About Time — the entertainer’s 38th charting effort. It bows with 25,000 equivalent album units earned and gives Williams his fifth top 40-charting set. Four of his top 40 efforts have been released since 2006, while his first top 40 title was also his chart debut: the 1965 soundtrack to the film about his father’s life, Your Cheatin’ Heart (No. 16 peak). Hank Jr. performed the music heard in the film, while George Hamilton played Hank Sr. The new album is Williams’ first for Nash Icon and the Big Machine Label Group, and launches with 24,000 in pure album sales. It also bows at No. 8 on the Top Album Sales chart.
— Soundtrack, Straight Outta Compton – No. 46 & Dr. Dre, Compton: As the soundtrack to the hit biopic Straight Outta Compton dips 39-46 in its second chart week (12,000 units; though up 7 percent), one of the movie’s subjects, Dr. Dre, collects his third half-million-selling album with Compton. The latter sells another 2,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 21, bringing its cumulative sales total to nearly 502,000. Dre’s two studios albums, The Chronic and Dr. Dre — 2001, have sold 5.8 million and 7.9 million, respectively.
— Madonna, The Immaculate Collection – No. 49: Thanks to a 99-cent sale on a number of albums in the Google Play store, a bevy of big names see large gains on The Billboard 200 — among them, Madonna’s The Immaculate Collection. The diva’s first greatest hits album jumps 167-49 with 11,000 equivalent album units (up 167 percent) and 10,000 copies sold (up 321 percent). This is the highest rank for The Immaculate Collection since the Sept. 14, 1991-dated chart, when it was No. 47. The album, released in late 1990, peaked at No. 2 for two weeks in early 1991.
Other gains owed to the 99-cent sale include: Phil Collins’ …Hits (183-38 with 14,000 units; up 258 percent and 13,000 sold; up 462 percent), The Cars’ The Complete Greatest Hits (a re-entry at No. 61 with 9,000 units; up 258 percent and 8,000 sold; up 376 percent), Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill (a re-entry at No. 71 with 8,000 units; up 373 percent and 7,000 sold; up 599 percent) and Green Day’s Dookie (a re-entry at No. 98 with 6,000 units; up 93 percent and 5,000 sold; up 170 percent).
— Celtic Woman, Destiny – No. 60 — Vocal ensemble Celtic Woman notches its 11th charting effort on the Billboard 200 with the arrival of Destiny at No. 60 (9,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Jan. 21, according to Nielsen Music). Over on the World Albums chart, Destiny debuts at No. 1, giving the Irish group its 12th leader (out of 14 chart entries). They are one No. 1 away from tying the similarly-named (but all male) Celtic Thunder group for the most No. 1s in the chart’s 25-year history.