On the newest Billboard 200 albums chart, Big Sean debuted at No. 1 with Dark Sky Paradise — his first chart-topping album. It came in just ahead of Kid Rock‘s latest set, First Kiss, which launched at No. 2. One more album started in the top 10: Chris Brown & Tyga‘s Fan of a Fan: The Album at No. 7.
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:
— Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti – No. 11 — The sixth deluxe remastered Led Zeppelin reissue brings the former No. 1 back to the chart and at its highest rank since 1975. It returns with 40,000 sold (up 6,875 percent, from 1,000).
In June 2014, the first three Led Zeppelin albums were reissued, resulting in re-entries at Nos. 7, 9 and 10 for Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III on the chart dated June 21, 2014. Five months later, on Nov. 15, Led Zeppelin IV returned at No. 7 and Houses of the Holy (the band’s fifth album) re-entered at No. 12.
— Vance Joy, Dream Your Life Away – No. 24 — The Google Play store marked down the album to just 99 cents during the tracking week. The singer/songwriter linked both his Twitter and Facebook fans to the offer, leading to its 101 percent overall gain and 291 percent traditional sales increase. It sold 14,000 copies during the week – its best frame since its debut week (18,000) last September.
— OneRepublic, Native – No. 52 — The band’s third album becomes its second to sell a million copies, as it sold another 3,000 in the week ending March 1. Its total sales rise to 1.002 million. The group’s last album, 2009’s Waking Up, has moved 662,000. Its 2007 debut, Dreaming Out Loud, has sold 1.1 million.
— Of Mice & Men, Restoring Force – No. 55 — A Feb. 24 reissue of the album (dubbed the Full Circle edition) includes four new bonus tracks. The re-release prompts an 8,000-unit gain for the set (up 650 percent) and a 910 percent rise in pure album sales.
— Rob Zombie, Spookshow International Live – No. 118 — His second live album, and first since 2007’s Zombie Live, bows with 6,000 units. It’s his 11th charted set overall. His first live release debuted and peaked at No. 57.
— Soundtrack, Whiplash – No. 146 — Following its parent film’s three Academy Award wins on Feb. 22 (including one for best supporting actor), the soundtrack jumps onto the list with a 223 percent gain in units. It also climbs 6-3 (hitting a new peak) on Jazz Albums.