In a quiet week on the Billboard 200 albums chart — where no albums debut within the top 100 — Roddy Ricch?’s Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial returns to the No. 1 slot for a second week in charge. The set, which premiered atop the tally dated Dec. 21, 2019, rises 2-1 in its fifth week on the list (dated Jan. 18).
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 comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Jan. 18, 2020-dated chart (where Roddy Ricch bounces back to No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites on Jan. 14.
The Jan. 18-dated Billboard 200 chart marks the first week the tally includes on-demand video and audio streams from YouTube, as well as officially licensed video content plays from Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and Vevo. The inclusion of video data into the chart comes five years after on-demand audio streams were added to the tally, when the chart shifted from a pure album sales ranking to a consumption model (Dec. 13, 2014-dated chart). The addition of YouTube and video streams will also impact all of Billboard’s other genre album consumption charts, including Top Country Albums, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Top Rock Albums, Top Latin Albums and so forth.
Please Excuse Me rises 2-1 on the new tally with 97,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 9, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. That’s a 31% increase in total units earned compared to the previous week’s haul of 74,000. (Note, week-over-week comparisons reflect the new week’s inclusion of video streams versus the previous week without video streams.)
Please Excuse Me continues to profit from the surging popularity of its single “The Box.” On the most recently published Billboard Hot 100 and Streaming Songs charts (dated Jan. 11), the track vaulted 13-3 and 6-1, respectively.
Of Please Excuse Me’s overall 97,000 equivalent album units for the week, nearly all were generated by on-demand audio streaming activity. Album sales comprised just 1,000 units of the set’s sum, while TEA equaled a little under 2,000 units. However, SEA activity totaled a whopping 94,000 units. And, of that 94,000 sum, on-demand audio activity nearly 91,000 units while on-demand video streams generated a little under 4,000 units.
Please Excuse Me is joined by a bevy of former No. 1s in the new top 10, as Nos. 2-8 have all previously resided in the top slot. Trailing at No. 2 on the new chart is Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding. The set climbs one spot with 65,000 equivalent album units earned (up 1%). Harry Styles’ Fine Line rises 4-3 with 49,000 units (down 9%) and the self-titled Jackboys set falls 1-4 in its second week with 47,000 units (down 70%).
The Frozen II soundtrack is steady at No. 5 with 42,000 equivalent album units earned (down 10%), DaBaby?’s Kirk climbs 8-6 with 41,000 units (up 13%), Billie Eilish?’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? dips 6-7 with 38,000 units (down 17%) and Young Thug’s So Much Fun falls 7-8 with 35,000 units (down 8%).
Rounding out the new top 10 are Summer Walker’s No. 2-peaking Over It, stepping 10-9 with 30,000 equivalent album units (up 7%), and Rod Wave’s Ghetto Gospel, flying 17-10 with 27,000 units (up 19%). Ghetto Gospel returns to its No. 10 peak, achieved in its second week on the tally, back on the Nov. 23, 2019-dated list.