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Billboard 200 Chart Moves: The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ Sizzles on Vinyl

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, The Beatles score a big week on vinyl, Foreigner celebrates forty years on the chart, Brett Young returns to the top 40, Shawn Mendes gets a boost, Linkin…

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated June 17), Bryson Tiller’s True to Self debuted at No. 1 with 107,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 1, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 47,000 were in traditional 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:

The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band No. 3 — The Beatles’ longest-running No. 1 album (15 weeks atop the list in 1967) returns to the chart at No. 3 after it was reissued on May 26. The set rebounds to the list with 75,000 units earned, of which 71,000 were in traditional album sales.


Further, over on the Vinyl Albums chart, the set re-enters the list at No. 1 with 11,000 sold. That’s the biggest sales frame for a Beatles album on vinyl since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.

Shawn Mendes, Illuminate – No. 23 — The former No. 1 album rebounds 41-23 (18,000 units; up 25 percent), thanks to a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion.

Linkin Park, One More Light – No. 30 — Linkin Park’s One More Light takes a tumble on the Billboard 200, falling from No. 1 to No. 30 in its second week on the list. It’s the fourth largest positional drop from No. 1, and the third largest second-week drop for a No. 1 debut. The albums with larger falls from No. 1 are: Bon Jovi’s This House Is Not a Home (1-43 on the Dec. 3, 2016-dated chart), Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas (1-41 on Jan. 21, 2017 — it was not a debut at No. 1; the holiday album collapsed after the Christmas season was over), and IncubusLight Grenades (1-37 on Dec. 23, 2006).


Chart watchers note: There is one album that fell even harder from No. 1… but there’s a catch. Elvis Presley’s Elvis’ Christmas Album went from No. 1 to completely off the chart in a single week back in 1958. However, back then, the chart was only 25 positions deep, so it wasn’t surprising to see a Christmas album vaporize off such a shallow chart after the holiday season had concluded. (Much like how Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas fell off a cliff after Christmastime.)

Further, Linkin Park’s One More Light falls from No. 1 to No. 15 on the Top Album Sales chart, with the second largest percentage decline in sales for a No. 1 debut since the chart launched in 1991. It falls 89.64 percent, eroding from a start of 96,000 to 10,000 copies sold. The collapse is owed to how its first week was amplified by a concert/ticket album bundle sale redemption promotion with the act’s tour.

The largest second-week sales drop belongs to Bon Jovi’s This House Is Not For Sale in 2016, which fell 91.71 percent (128,000 to 11,000). Bon Jovi’s first week was also goosed by a ticket/album offer.


The Allman Brothers Band, A Decade of Hits – No. 39 — Following the death of Gregg Allman on May 27, two Allman-related titles pop onto the Billboard 200. The Allman Brothers Band’s A Decade of Hits bows at No. 39 (13,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 1, according to Nielsen Music; up 601 percent) and The Allman Brothers Band’s At Fillmore East returns at No. 146 (5,000 units; up 1,811 percent).

Allman, who died of complications from liver cancer, saw his collected album sales (solo and with the band) rise 793 percent in the week ending June 1, climbing from 3,000 to 23,000 sold. On Top Album Sales, Decade and Fillmore debut at Nos. 23 and 34, respectively (with 6,000 and 4,000 sold).

Further, Allman’s digital song sales grew from 1,000 to 62,000 (up 5,222 percent) and his on-demand audio and video streams vaulted from 2.26 million to 14.34 million (up 537 percent).


Brett Young, Brett Young – No. 40 — Brett Young’s self-titled set returns to the top 40 (rising 46-40; 13,000 units – up less than 1 percent) for the first time since its debut (March 4; No. 18), as the album’s “In Case You Didn’t Know” spends a second week at No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart.

Foreigner, 40: Forty Hits From Forty Years – 1977-2017 – No. 108 — Foreigner’s new greatest hits collection, 40, celebrating the act’s 40th anniversary (it formed in 1976) bows at No. 108. It’s the band’s 11th hits set to chart out of their 20 total entries. The act scored its first top 10 album nearly exactly 40 years ago, when its self-titled debut rose 12-10 on the June 18, 1977-dated chart. The album — which debuted on the list dated March 26, 1977 — peaked at No. 4, and launched three top 20-charting hits on the Billboard Hot 100: “Feels Like the First Time” (No. 4), “Cold as Ice” (No. 6) and “Long, Long Way From Home” (No. 20). In total on the Hot 100, the group logged 22 hits, including 16 top 40-charting singles.