On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Dec. 30), Luke Bryan’s What Makes You Country bows at No. 1, securing the country star his fourth chart-topper. The album earned 108,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Dec. 14, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 99,000 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 rest of the Billboard 200:
— Bob Marley and The Wailers, Legend: The Best Of… – No. 170 — Bob Marley and The Wailers’ greatest hits collection, Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers, spends a landmark 500th nonconsecutive week on the Billboard 200 chart. It remains the album with the second-most weeks on the list, behind Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon (with 934).
Legend was originally released on May 1, 1984, and debuted on the Billboard 200 dated Aug. 18 of that year. It initially reached No. 54 on the Billboard 200 in 1984.
Except for three years between mid-1985 and mid-1988, the set was a mostly regular feature the chart until the summer of 1991. At that point, catalog titles (older albums), were ineligible to chart on the Billboard 200 (minus a few exceptions). In 2009, after the catalog restriction was lifted, Legend returned to the list. Since then, the title has been a near-constant presence on the tally. In 2014, the album finally reached the top 10 of the chart, peaking at No. 5 (following a bargain basement sale pricing promotion in the Google Play store).
Legend has sold 12.3 million copies in the United States since 1991, when Nielsen Music started tracking sales. It is certified as selling 15 million, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, a total that accounts for sales before 1991.
Among all albums — since the chart began publishing on a regular weekly basis in 1956 — Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon holds the record for the most weeks on the chart: 934. It’s followed by Legend (500), Johnny Mathis‘ Johnny’s Greatest Hits (490), Journey’s Greatest Hits (490), the My Fair Lady original cast recording (480), Metallica’s self-titled album (461), Guns N’ Roses’ Greatest Hits (423), Nirvana’s Nevermind (380), Eminem’s Curtain Call:? The Hits (371) and Adele’s 21 (355).
— Reba McEntire, My Kind of Christmas – No. 39 — The country queen earns her 18th top 40-charting set on the Billboard 200, and second of 2017, as My Kind of Christmas climbs 52-39. The set earned 16,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Dec. 14 (up 19 percent). The album was initially released exclusively through Cracker Barrel stores in 2016, and was reissued widely this year with a trio of additional tracks.
McEntire first visited the top 40 in 1991 with Rumor Has It, which topped out at No. 39 on the chart dated May 25 of that year. Among her 18 top 40 albums are a pair of No. 1s: Reba Duets (in 2007) and Keep On Loving You (2009).
On the Top Country Albums tally, the diva has claimed 34 top 40 entries, including 13 No. 1s.
— Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 – No. 65 — Following the film’s Netflix debut on Dec. 5, its companion soundtrack soars from No. 122 to No. 65 with 11,000 units (up 49 percent), with nearly all of that sum from album sales. The first film’s soundtrack also spikes up the list, rising 135-83 with 10,000 units (up 31 percent) — all from album sales.
— Barbra Streisand, The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic! Live in Concert – No. 69 — The pop diva’s latest live album arrives at No. 69, starting with 11,000 units (nearly all from traditional album sales). Streisand has charted a total of eight live sets on the Billboard 200, stretching back to A Happening in Central Park in 1968, which reached No. 30. Three of her live recordings have hit the top 10: One Voice (No. 9 in 1987), The Concert (No. 10 in 1994) and Live in Concert 2006 (No. 7).
— Soundtrack, The Greatest Showman – No. 71 — The soundtrack to the musical drama film starts at No. 71 with 11,000 units (9,000 in traditional album sales). The movie, which stars Hugh Jackman, arrived in U.S. movie theaters on Dec. 20.