Basking in the glow of Rocketman, the fantastical musical film based on John’s life, the set earned 32,000 equivalent album units, up 83%, in the week ending June 6, according to Nielsen Music.
Rocketman was released in U.S. movie theaters on May 31, and features star Taron Egerton singing a bevy of familiar John classics. While the soundtrack to Rocketman (up 58-50 on the Billboard 200; 12,000 units, up 13%) consists largely of Egerton’s covers, the original John hits are found on Diamonds (which was originally released in November 2017).
The Rolling Stones have the most Billboard 200 top 10s: 37. The band is followed by Barbra Streisand (34), The Beatles (32), Frank Sinatra (32), Elvis Presley (27), Bob Dylan (22), Madonna (21), George Strait (21), John (20) and Paul McCartney/Wings (20).
The Billboard 200 dates to March 24, 1956, when Billboard launched its first regularly published weekly albums chart. That list (then named Best Selling Popular Albums) would eventually morph into what is now known as the Billboard 200.
JOHN ON AC CHART, “AGAIN”: John adds a record-extending 73rd entry on Adult Contemporary with new Rocketman single “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” with Egerton. The cut, written specifically for the film, begins at No. 30. Barbra Streisand ranks second with 64 AC entries, while Neil Diamond follows with 59.
John first appeared on the AC chart dated Dec. 26, 1970, with “Your Song,” which reached No. 9 in February 1971. Until this week, he had last graced the list with “A Good Heart” in 2016.
ROCK-ET MAN: Plus, John infuses the Hot Rock Songs chart with four iconic ’70s hits. The Rocketman title track leads the way, re-entering at No. 4 with 6.2 million streams (up 11%) and 6,000 sold (up 108%) in the tracking week. Also on the ranking: “Tiny Dancer,” “Bennie and the Jets” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” at Nos. 6, 9 and 17, respectively.
Additional reporting by Gary Trust & Kevin Rutherford