On the most recent Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Jan. 2, 2016; but reflecting data for the week ending Dec. 17, 2015), Adele’s 25 held firm at No. 1 while the top debut on the list was The Voice winner Jordan Smith at No. 11.
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).
Let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the chart:
— Pentatonix, That’s Christmas To Me – No. 3 — The album sold another 127,000 copies in the week ending Dec. 17 (up 1 percent), bringing its cumulative total to over 1.5 million – 1.62 million to be more precise. The 2014 release (which was reissued in 2015 with bonus tracks) has sold more than the combined total of the group’s six other albums and EPs (1.34 million).
— Taylor Swift, 1989 – No. 9 — The former No. 1 album — now in its 60th week on the chart — returns to the top 10 (rising 12-9) to snag a 55th nonconsecutive week in the region. The album lingered in the top 10 for its first 53 chart weeks. Since the Billboard 200 combined its mono and stereo albums charts in 1963 into one all-encompassing weekly albums chart, Swift is the only act to have earned more than one album with more than 50 weeks in the top 10, with both 1989 and Fearless (58 weeks in the top 10). The record for the most weeks in the top 10 during that span of time is held by The Sound of Music film soundtrack, with 109 weeks.
In other Swift news, her Fearless album surpasses 7 million in total U.S. sales, as it moved another 3,000 copies in the week ending Dec. 17 to bring its total to 7,001,000. The album, released in 2008, continues to rule as Swift’s biggest-selling effort.
— Ryan Adams, 1989 – No. 84 — Ryan Adams’ interpretation of Taylor Swift’s 1989 returns to the list, reentering at No. 84, thanks to the vinyl LP release of his album. It debuts at No. 2 on the Vinyl Albums chart with 7,000 copies sold, which helps the album’s overall rank on the Billboard 200 (10,000 units; up 236 percent, and nearly 10,000 in pure album sales; up 296 percent).
— Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface – No. 13 — The album’s total sales rise past a half-million, as it sold another 29,000 in the week ending Dec. 17. The set’s cumulative sum now stands at 505,000 and is their first half-million seller. (Their previous album, Vessel, has moved 375,000 copies.)
— Soundtrack, The Wiz Live! – No. 155 — The companion album to NBC live staging of the musical arrives with 7,000 units and 6,000 in pure album sales. The Wiz was the network’s third yearly live musical staging following The Sound of Music Live! in 2013 and Peter Pan Live! in 2014. While The Sound of Music Live! soundtrack reached No. 17 on the Billboard in 2013 (and has sold 121,000 copies to date), the Peter Pan Live! album missed all of Billboard’s charts (and has moved just 3,000).