On the most recent Billboard 200 chart (dated Dec. 26), Adele’s 25 held firm for a third straight week at No. 1, while Coldplay’s new A Head Full of Dreams debuted in the No. 2 slot. Also starting in the top 10: G-Eazy, Rick Ross and Troye Sivan.
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 chart:
— Michael Buble, Christmas – No. 11 — Michael Buble’s former No. 1 album dips 9-11 in its 44th week on the list, and is one of 54 Christmas titles on the list. Among them: Pentatonix’s That’s Christmas To Me (3-4), Chris Tomlin’s Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship (17-19) and MercyMe’s MercyMe, It’s Christmas! (53-38). With another 35,000 sold in the week ending Dec. 10 according to Nielsen Music, Christmas is now Buble’s biggest selling album, with 3,839,000 sold. It jumps ahead of his previous leader, It’s Time, with 3,832,000.
— Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface – No. 15 — The album climbs 27-15 — and to its highest rank since the Sept. 26-dated chart — as its single “Stressed Out” continues to grow in popularity. Blurryface earned 32,000 units for the week ending Dec. 10, according to Nielsen Music (up 42 percent) and sold 21,000 in pure album sales (up 48 percent). “Stressed Out,” meanwhile, is the band’s first entry on the Radio Songs airplay chart. It rises 42-31 in its second week on the list (36.7 million in audience in the week ending Dec. 20; up 30 percent). It also jumps 25-19 on the Pop Songs airplay chart (with a 47 percent gain in plays at the format).
— Babyface, Return of the Tender Lover – No. 39 — Babyface returns with his first solo studio album since 2005, as Return of the Tender Lover bows at No. 39 (19,000 units; 18,000 in pure album sales). It’s his 11th charting effort, and seventh title to reach the top 40. The new set’s title references Babyface’s debut album, Tender Lover, which bowed on the list dated Aug. 5, 1989, and later peaked at No. 14 on March 3, 1990.
— Stone Temple Pilots, Thank You – No. 47 — Following the death of Stone Temple Pilots’ former lead singer, Scott Weiland, on Dec. 3, the group’s greatest hits album Thank You returns to the chart at No. 47 (17,000 units; up 1,787 percent, with 7,000 albums sold; up 1,379 percent). Thank You, which was released in 2003 and peaked at No. 26 the week it debuted, has been absent from the chart since 2004.
Additionally, the band’s debut studio effort, Core, returns at No. 145 (7,000 units; up 530 percent).
— Various Artists, ONXRT: Live From the Archives, Volume 17 – No. 71 — WXRT Chicago’s long-running charity compilation series charts its sixth entry on the chart, as it arrives at No. 71 with 12,000 units (all from album sales). The set boasts live performances from such acts as Jack White, Hozier, Elle King and George Ezra, recorded for the radio station over the past year. The album, which is always produced in a limited quantity, was available at Chicago Target stores as well as on Target’s web site. Proceeds from the album benefit The Citypak Project and the Logan Square Neighborhood Association.
— Leon Bridges, Coming Home – No. 73 — The album zooms back onto the list at No. 17 following Bridges’ performance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (Dec. 5). The set earned 12,000 units for the week (up 180 percent) and sold 9,000 albums (up 185 percent). It is the highest rank for the album since the Aug. 1 chart, when it was in its fourth week on the tally and placed at No. 53.