Thomas Rhett notches his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as Center Point Road debuts atop the tally. The album earned 76,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 6, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 45,000 were in album sales. Both sums represent the biggest weeks of 2019 for any country album.
Center Point Road was released on May 31 via Valory Records, and marks the first country album to hit No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart in 2019.
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 June 15-dated chart, where Rhett debuts at No. 1, will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites on June 11.
Center Point Road is the first country album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2019, and the first since Kane Brown’s Experiment opened atop the list dated Nov. 24, 2018. It also logs the biggest week in both total units and album sales for a country album since Experiment (126,000 units earned in its first week, with 107,000 of that sum in album sales).
Further, Center Point Road launches with 33.59 million on-demand audio streams earned for its songs in its debut week. That marks the biggest streaming debut week ever for a country album.
Center Point Road follows Rhett’s last album, and first Billboard 200 topper, Life Changes. It started atop the list dated Sept. 30, 2017 with 123,000 units, of which 94,000 were in album sales.
Center Point Road was led by the single “Look What God Gave Her,” which has so far peaked at No. 4 on the Hot Country Songs chart, and at No. 6 on the Country Airplay tally (as of the most recently published lists, dated June 8).
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Billie Eilish’s former leader When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? slips down a notch, earning 63,000 equivalent album units (but up 1%). DJ Khaled’s Father of Asahd slips 2-3 with 39,000 units (down 31%) and Khalid’s former No. 1 Free Spirit moves up 5-4 with 38,000 units (up less than 1%).
Miley Cyrus’ new She Is Coming is the second and final debut in the top 10, as it arrives at No. 5 with 36,000 equivalent album units earned (of which 12,000 were in album sales). The six-song EP is the first of three EPs that will lead into a larger project named She Is: Miley Cyrus. Previous artists that have released a series of EPs that built into a longer album include John Mayer (with his The Search for Everything album) and Jason Mraz (We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.).
She Is Coming is Cyrus’ 12th top 10 effort, including those albums credited under her Hannah Montana alias.
Tyler, the Creator’s previous chart-topper, Igor, dips 3-6 in its third week on the list, with 32,000 equivalent album units (down 36%).
Elton John collects his 20th top 10 album, as his greatest hits package Diamonds vaults from No. 23 to No. 7. The album is basking in the glow of the recent release of Rocketman, a fantastical musical film based on John’s life, and earned nearly 32,000 equivalent album units (up 83%). Rocketman was released in U.S. movie theaters on May 31, and features star Taron Egerton performing a bevy of familiar John classic tracks, like “Bennie and the Jets,” “I’m Still Standing” and “Crocodile Rock.” While the soundtrack album to Rocketman consists largely of Egerton’s covers, the original John hits are found on Diamonds.
Closing out the new top 10 on the Billboard 200 are DaBaby’s Baby On Baby (holding at No. 8 with 31,000 units; down 3%), the 2019 Aladdin soundtrack (6-9 with 30,000 units; down 21%) and Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next (9-10 with nearly 30,000 units; down 6%).