On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated April 8), Drake’s More Life debuted at No. 1, granting the artist his seventh chart-topping effort. It earned 505,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 23, according to Nielsen Music – the largest week for any album since Drake’s own Views debuted at No. 1 last May with 1.04 million 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:
— Lady Gaga, Joanne – No. 44 — Lady Gaga’s Joanne album surpasses the half-million sales mark in the U.S., as it sold another 5,000 copies in the week ending March 23. That brings its overall sales figure to 503,000. Joanne is Gaga’s sixth album to sell more than 500,000 copies in the U.S., following Cheek to Cheek (her collaborative album with Tony Bennett, released in 2014; it has sold 750,000), ARTPOP (2013; 768,000), Born This Way (2.4 million), The Fame Monster (2009; 1.6 million) and The Fame (2008; 4.7 million).
— Pitbull, Climate Change – No. 29 — Pitbull claims his lucky 13th entry on the Billboard 200 as Climate Change steps in at No. 29 (14,000 units; 11,000 in traditional album sales). The star-studded album (which features guest turns from Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo, among others) gives Pitbull his eighth top 40-charting set. Climate Change was originally scheduled for released on Oct. 7, 2016, but was pushed back until March 17.
— Chuck Berry, The Definitive Collection – No. 33 — As reported earlier, the late Chuck Berry is back in the top 40 for the first time since 1972, as his greatest hits set The Definitive Collection debuts at No. 33 (13,000 units; 6,000 in traditional album sales). The set also enters at No. 1 on the Catalog Albums chart.
— Soundtrack, Sing – No. 37 — The movie’s home video release on DVD and Blu-ray on March 21 spurs a gain for its companion soundtrack, as the set rises 55-37 with 12,000 units (up 27 percent). Much of the increase comes from traditional album sales, as the album sold 9,000 copies (up 34 percent). So far, the Sing soundtrack has sold 140,000 copies. With the album’s 55-37 rise on the list, the soundtrack returns to the top 40 for the first time in two months (Feb. 4; No. 22). It earlier peaked at No. 8 (Jan. 21).
— Tedeschi Trucks Band, Live From the Fox Oakland & Gary Clark Jr., Live / North America – Nos. 39 & 80 — Two new live albums from a pair of blues artists arrive on the Billboard 200, as Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Live From the Fox Oakland and Gary Clark Jr.’s Live / North America bow at Nos. 39 and 80, respectively. Over on the Blues Albums charts, the two titles enters at Nos. 1 and 2. The chart-topping arrival for Tedeschi Trucks Band gives the act (led by Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks) its fourth No. 1. Married since 2001, the two joined together in 2010 professionally as the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Before then, Tedeschi had led the Blues Albums list three times as a soloist, while Trucks hit No. 1 twice (with The Derek Trucks Band).
— 2Cellos/London Symphony Orchestra, Score – No. 119 — The cello duo of Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser notch their fourth chart entry as Score bows at No. 119 with 6,000 units (5,000 in traditional album sales). The album, which interprets familiar favorites from film and television (including “Moon River” and “My Heart Will Go On”) was recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, and also debuts at No. 1 on the Classical Albums and Classical Crossover Albums charts. It’s the third No. 1 for 2Cellos on both lists, following Celloverse in 2015 and the act’s self-titled album in 2012.
— Soundtrack, Beauty and the Beast – No. 122 — The soundtrack to the 1991 animated film returns to the chart for the first time since 1993, as the album re-enters at No. 122 (6,000 units; up 88 percent, with 2,000 sold; up 110 percent). The gain is owed the publicity generated by the new live action adaptation of the movie, which arrived in theaters on March 17. The animated movie’s soundtrack peaked at No. 19 on the chart back in 1992, and was last on the list dated May 22, 1993.
Meanwhile, the new film’s soundtrack holds steady in the top 10 for a second week, at No. 4 with 99,000 units (up 74 percent) and 74,000 copies sold (up 52 percent).