On the most recent Billboard 200 albums chart (dated March 5), Adele’s 25 returned to the top slot for a ninth nonconsecutive week. It shifted another 151,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 18, according to Nielsen Music. Elsewhere in the top 10, country duo Joey + Rory scored their best week ever on the charts, as their new Hymns album started at No. 4.
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:
— Taylor Swift, 1989 – No. 8 — Following Swift’s multiple Grammy Award wins on Feb. 15, including album of the year for 1989, the set vaults from No. 20 to No. 8 with a 91 percent gain in units for the week (rising to 43,000). It sold 31,000 in pure album sales — an increase of 109 percent.
— Future, Evol – No. 10 — With a slide from No. 1 to No. 10 in its second chart week, Evol logs the largest positional drop from the top slot since Sept. 19, 2015. That week, Disturbed also fell 1-10 with Immortalized. (What was the last album to fall from No. 1 straight out of the top 10, you might ask? Muse’s Drones, on the July 4, 2015-dated list, when it descended 1-19.)
— David Bowie, Blackstar – No. 22 — Blackstar racks up a fifth week in the top 40 (rising 42-22), making it Bowie’s first studio effort to do so since 1984’s Tonight logged 12 weeks in the region.
— James Bay, Chaos and the Calm – No. 23 — After Bay performed on the Grammy Awards (Feb. 15) alongside Tori Kelly, he sees his album zoom 99-23 to its highest rank since its No. 9 debut on April 11, 2015. The album shifted 23,000 units in the week ending Feb. 28 (up 234 percent).
— Soundtrack, Deadpool – No. 30 — The hit film, starring Ryan Reynolds as the title character, sees its companion soundtrack arrive at No. 30 with 20,000 units (18,000 in pure album sales). It’s the fourth soundtrack to reach the top 40 in 2016, following Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which peaked at No. 5), Straight Outta Compton (No. 39) and Grease Live! (No. 37).
— Wynonna & The Big Noise, Wynonna & The Big Noise – No. 162 — After a nearly six-year absence from the chart, Wynonna returns with Wynonna & The Big Noise. The country star notched her first solo entry back on April 18, 1992 with her self-titled album (which debuted and peaked at No. 4). As one-half of the mother-daughter duo The Judds, she first visited the list on Dec. 1, 1984 with Why Not Me.[Billboard]