On the newest Billboard 200 albums chart, the Empire TV soundtrack debuted at No. 1 while Madonna‘s Rebel Heart bowed at No. 2. Luke Bryan‘s latest spring break-themed release, Spring Break…Checkin’ Out entered at No. 3.
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:
— Sheppard, Bombs Away – No. 31 — The Australian band’s first full-length album debuts at No. 31 with 12,000 units. It follows their hit single “Geronimo,” which concurrently hits a new peak on the Billboard Hot 100, rising 74-58. The cut also climbs to a new high on the Adult Pop Songs airplay tally, stepping 17-14.
— D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah – No. 33 — The vinyl release of the album on March 10 spurs the album’s big gain, as the set zooms 199-33 on the chart with a 183 percent unit increase. The album moved 11,000 units for the week, of which nearly all were traditional album sales. Black Messiah moved 8,000 in vinyl LP sales for the week, and it bows at No. 1 on the Vinyl Albums chart.
— Olly Murs, Never Been Better – No. 42 —The British pop singer’s second American album arrives at No. 42 with 10,000 units. It follows his debut set Right Place Right Time, which peaked at No. 19. The new album is led by the single “Wrapped Up,” featuring Travie McCoy, which debuted on the Pop Songs airplay chart dated March 21.
— Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, The Renegade EP – No. 52 — The Pentatonix member’s first solo album debuts at No. 52 and also at No. 1 on both the Traditional Classical Albums and overall Classical Albums charts.
— Soundtrack, Cinderella – No. 60 — The 2015 live action adaptation of the classic fairy tale sees its companion soundtrack bow at No. 60, moving 8,000 units. The familiar Walt Disney animated feature saw its soundtrack hit No. 1 on the Pop Albums chart in early 1950. It later returned to the chart in 1995 (after the film was released on home video as part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection) and then again in 2012 (when the movie was reissued on home video in its Diamond Edition).
— Celtic Thunder, The Very Best of Celtic Thunder – No. 149 — The vocal ensemble’s greatest hits album debuts with 5,000 units, and also bows at No. 1 on World Albums. It’s the 12th No. 1 for the group on the World Albums chart, extending their lead as the act with the most No. 1s in the chart’s nearly 25-year history. (In second place is another Celtic act: Celtic Woman, with 10 No. 1s.)
— Marvin Gaye, Number 1’s – No. 175 — No doubt due to publicity generated by the March 10 verdict in the “Blurred Lines”/ “Got To Give It Up” trial, this 2009 greatest hits album debuts on the list with 4,000 units. Of that, 54 percent of its points were earned from track equivalent albums, fueled by sales of the song “Got To Give It Up (Pt. 1).” The cut sold 10,000 downloads for the week — its largest digital sales week ever. It increased by 246 percent and re-enters at No. 18 on R&B Digital Songs. On the Billboard 200, the Number 1’s album is Gaye’s first new entry in over a decade, when The Very Best of Marvin Gaye bowed on the list dated Aug. 4, 2001.