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Billboard 200 Chart Moves: ‘Stranger Things 2′ Soundtrack Debuts, The Piano Guys’ ‘Christmas’ Bows

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, the "Stranger Things 2" soundtrack arrives, Halloween scares up gains for Michael Jackson, The Piano Guys arrive with a new "Christmas" album, as does Hanson.

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Nov. 18), Kenny Chesney’s Live in No Shoes Nation debuts at No. 1, securing the country start his eighth leader on the list. Among country acts, only Garth Brooks has more No. 1s, with nine.

Live in No Shoes Nation launches with 219,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 2, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 217,000 were in tradition album sales.

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 latest Billboard 200 chart:


The Piano Guys, Christmas Together – No. 27 — The Piano Guys’ new album, the holiday effort Christmas Together, rings in at No. 27 on the Billboard 200, No. 8 on Top Album Sales and No. 1 on New Age Albums with 18,000 copies sold in the week ending Nov. 2, according to Nielsen Music. That’s the largest sales week for a new age title in a year — since The Piano Guys’ last release, Uncharted, debuted with 19,000 sold (chart dated Nov. 19, 2016).

On the New Age Albums chart, Christmas Together marks the quartet’s seventh leader (their entirety of charting efforts), tying George Winston for the fifth-most No. 1s. The album also launches at No. 1 on Top Holiday Albums (surpassing the No. 2 peak of their first Christmas set, 2013’s A Family Christmas), and No. 1 on Classical Crossover Albums (their sixth topper).


Kesha, Rainbow – No. 54Kesha’s former No. 1, Rainbow, is up 7 percent in units earned for the week (11,000) and climbs 61 percent in traditional album sales (rising to 4,000 sold). Though, the album is pushed down the Billboard 200 by three positions, slipping 51-54. The unit and sales gains are owed to the set’s vinyl release on Oct. 27. The double-LP set bows at No. 4 on Vinyl Albums with 2,000 sold.

Katy Perry, Witness – No. 56 A trio of titles re-enter the Billboard 200 following a new batch of sales triggered from existing concert ticket/album sale redemption offers: Katy Perry’s Witness (No. 56 – 11,000 units; up 228 percent), Zac Brown Band’s Welcome Home (No. 63 – 10,000 units; up 221 percent) and Metallica’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (No. 66 – 9,000 units; up 286 percent). The three albums debuted months ago, but the sales increases represent new customers who finally got around to redeeming their album offers.

Rachel Platten, Waves – No. 73The singer-songwriter returns with her second full-length studio effort for Columbia, starting with 8,000 units. It follows Wildfire, which debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 2016 (45,000 units).

Hanson, Finally, It’s Christmas – No. 81The Hanson brothers’ second Christmas album also debuts at No. 3 on the Top Holiday Albums chart (8,000 units). The trio previously led the list for six weeks in 1997 and 1988 with Snowed In. The latter set also debuted and peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.


Soundtrack, Stranger Things 2 – No. 128 The Halloween holiday (Oct. 31) and premiere of Netflix’s Stranger Things 2 (Oct. 27) help scare up some spooky debuts and sizable gains on the album charts. The new score soundtrack to series Stranger Things 2 debuts at No. 128 with 6,000 units (up 293 percent), while the Stranger Things, Vol. 1 album (from the first season of the show) returns at No. 145 with 5,000 units (up 336 percent).

Halloween sparks some notable chart moves for Michael Jackson’s Scream (156-47 on the Billboard 200; 12,000 units — up 130 percent) and Thriller (a re-entry at No. 141 on the Billboard 200 with 5,000 units, up 217 percent). Bobby “Boris” Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers’ The Original Monster Mash album re-enters at No. 172 (5,000 units, up 229 percent – mostly powered by streams of “The Monster Mash”) and Kidz Bop KidsKidz Bop Halloween Hits! returns at No. 177 (5,000 units, up 134 percent).