On the most recent Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Sept. 26), The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness held for a second week atop the list. It earned 144,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 10, according to Nielsen Music — down 65 percent compared to its start of 411,000 units a week earlier.
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 Sept. 26 chart:
— Luke Bryan, Kill the Lights – No. 6 — Luke Bryan’s former No. 1 album Kill the Lights has now surpassed 500,000 in total sales, as the set sold another 34,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 10. The album’s cumulative sales now stand at 530,000. Kill the Lights is Bryan’s sixth set to sell more than 500,000 copies. His biggest seller is Crash My Party, with 2.5 million sold.
— Elle King, Love Stuff – No. 37 — Elle King’s Love Stuff hits a new chart high — and visits the top 40 for the first time — as the album climbs 42-37 (10,000 units; up 5 percent). The album debuted on the chart dated March 7 at No. 45, and then slipped off the chart after the April 25-dated list. It then returned on the June 20 tally and has (mostly) been on the rise ever since, thanks to the success of its single “Ex’s & Oh’s,” which spends a second week at No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart. It’s also a top 20 hit on Adult Pop Songs, a top 30 charter on Pop Songs, and a former No. 2 smash on the Adult Alternative Songs chart.
— Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color – No. 85 — A number of rock albums on the chart profit from sale pricing and promotion at digital retailers, including Sound & Color (6,000 units; up 31 percent, rising 149-85) and Evanescence’s Fallen (a reentry at No. 102 with 5,000; up 128 percent). Other notable rock gainers include All Time Low’s Future Hearts (reentering at No. 106 with 5,000; up 137 percent), My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade (a reentry at No. 123 with 5,000; up 31 percent) and Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory (a reentry at No. 125 with, again, 5,000 units; up 70 percent). Also helping Alabama Shakes: the band’s frontwoman, Brittany Howard, was a surprise musical guest on the first episode of CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Sept. 8).
— Fidlar, Too – No. 124 — Fidlar’s second album, Too, arrives at No. 124 (5,000 units) and also straight in to No. 1 on the Heatseekers Albums chart (4,000 pure albums sold). The rock band’s new 12-song album follows their 2013 self-titled effort, which debuted and peaked at No. 5, and went on to sell 24,000. The new album, which the band will support on tour through late November, performed strongly on vinyl as well, with 35 percent of its debut sales coming from the LP configuration. It debuts at No. 6 on the Vinyl Albums chart.
— Chris Stapleton, Traveller – No. 139 — Stapleton earned three Country Music Association Award (CMA Awards) nominations on Sept. 9, including album of the year (for Traveller), which likely push the set’s 47 percent unit gain and reentry at No. 139 (rising to 4,000 for the week).
— Daya, Daya (EP) – No. 161 — Sixteen-year-old pop singer Daya bows at No. 161 with her self-titled debut EP, shifting 4,000 units. The indie-released set, issued through the Artbeatz label, is led by the single “Hide Away.” The cut rises 40-38 on the Pop Songs airplay chart, with a 19 percent rise in spins at the format. On the Heatseekers Albums chart, the Daya EP starts at No. 20.