Thanks to the excitement generated by the ABBA-inspired film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, all things ABBA are on the rise on Billboard’s charts.
The soundtrack to Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which features the cast the movie covering ABBA hits like “Waterloo” and “Fernando,” debuts at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 albums chart dated July 28. The album earned 19,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 19, in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 17,000 were in traditional album sales. Notably, as the movie opened on July 20 — the day after the tracking week ended — we could see further gains for the album next week. (All sales and streaming sums in this story are rounded to the nearest thousand.)
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Elsewhere on the Billboard 200, the first Mamma Mia! movie soundtrack re-enters the list at No. 89 with 8,000 units (up 79 percent), which 5,000 were in album sales (up 123 percent). The album spent one week at No. 1 on the Aug. 23, 2008-dated chart, and has sold 2.1 million copies.
Meanwhile, ABBA’s best- collection, Gold — Greatest Hits, zooms from No. 141 to No. 86 with 8,000 units (up 41 percent), and 5,000 in album sales (up 50 percent).
In total, ABBA’s catalog albums earned 12,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 19 — up 37 percent. The pop quartet’s music sales (albums and digital song downloads) combined rose 57 percent to 19,000 — up from 12,000 the week previous. (Album sales climbed 41 percent to 8,000; while digital song download sales vaulted 71 percent to 12,000.)
Further, the act’s on-demand streams (audio and video combined) climbed 20 percent to 7.6 million.