Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding nets a third straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as it earned 149,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Sept. 26 (down 25%), according to Nielsen Music. The album is the first to spend its first three weeks at No. 1 in nearly a year.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Oct. 5-dated chart, where Hollywood’s Bleeding is steady at No. 1 for a third week, will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Oct. 1.
As Hollywood’s Bleeding has spent its first three chart weeks at No. 1, it’s the first album to do so since Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack also logged its first three frames atop the tally on the charts dated Oct. 20 – Nov. 3, 2018. (It later earned a fourth week at No. 1, on the March 9, 2019 chart.)
Between Star and Bleeding, two albums clocked three frames at No. 1 — just not consecutively from their debut weeks. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s Hoodie SZN achieved this (Jan. 19-26 and Feb. 16, 2019), as did Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, with three separate one-week visits to No. 1 (April 13, May 4 and June 8).
Hollywood’s Bleeding matches Post Malone’s three-week run at No. 1 with his other leader, beerbongs & bentleys. It, too, spent its first three weeks in the pole position (May 12-26, 2018).
Further, Hollywood’s Bleeding is just the third album in 2019 to tally three weeks of at least 100,000 equivalent album units earned. It follows Taylor Swift’s Lover and Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next. All three did so in their first three weeks of release. (All three albums were released via Republic Records.)
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Zac Brown Band’s The Owl debuts, scoring the group its sixth top 10 effort. The Owl flies in with 106,000 equivalent album units earned (with 99,000 of that sum in album sales). The act previously visited the top 10 with Welcome Home (No. 2 in 2017), Jekyll + Hyde (No. 1, 2015), Uncaged (No. 1, 2012), You Get What You Give (No. 1, 2010) and The Foundation (No. 9, 2010).
Blink-182’s new album Nine bows at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, granting the rock trio its eighth top 10 effort. Nine bows with 94,000 equivalent album units earned (with 77,000 of that sum in album sales). Nine was released via Viking Wizard Eyes/Columbia Records, and marks the act’s first album for Columbia.
Blink-182 previously logged top 10s with California (No. 1 in 2016), Neighborhoods (No. 2, 2011), Greatest Hits (No. 6, 2005), Blink-182 (No. 3, 2003), Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (No. 1, 2001), The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!) (No. 8, 2000) and Enema of the State (No. 9, 1999).
The debuts of both The Owl and Nine were boosted by sales of the albums registered from concert ticket/album sale redemption offers with each act’s most recent tour.
A pair of former No. 1s are up next on the new Billboard 200, as Swift’s Lover dips 3-4 with 65,000 equivalent album units (down 17%) and Young Thug’s So Much Fun falls 4-5 with 45,000 units (down 8%).
Lil Tecca’s We Love You Tecca descends 5-6 with 39,000 equivalent album units (down 10%), Chris Brown’s former No. 1 Indigo climbs 9-7 with 33,000 units (though down less than 1%) and Eilish’s previous leader When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is down 7-8 with just under 33,000 units (down 7%).
Rounding out the new top 10: Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You falls 6-9 (nearly 33,000 equivalent album units; down 9%) and Lil Nas X’s 7 is steady at No. 10 (27,000 units; down 10%).