Plus: Kanye West’s “The Life Pablo” hits its highest rank in over a year & Ella Mai debuts with “Ready.”
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated May 12), Post Malone debuted at No. 1 with 2018’s biggest week — and the largest streaming week ever for an album — as beerbongs & bentleys launched atop the list. The set earned 461,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 3, according to Nielsen Music.
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 the action on the rest the Billboard 200:
— Anne-Marie, Speak Your Mind – No. 31 — The pop singer/songwriter’s debut album, Speak Your Mind, arrives at No. 31 with 14,000 units earned. The bulk that sum was driven by on-demand audio streams the set’s tracks (9,000 SEA units), thanks in large part to the album’s smash single “Friends,” with Marshmello. The track concurrently hits the top 10 on the Pop Songs airplay chart, climbing 11-10.
— Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks, V. 26: Albuquerque Civic Auditorium, Albuquerque NM 11/17/71 – No. 26 — The band collects its 37th top 40-charting album as its latest archival set, Dave’s Picks, V. 26, starts at No. 26. The live effort — which was only available as a 3-CD set — debuts with 16,000 units, derived entirely from traditional album sales. On the Top Album Sales chart, which ranks the best-selling albums the week, the effort bows at No. 9.
— Kanye West, The Life Pablo – No. 68 — Following the release new music from Kanye West — as well as his much talked-about return to Twitter — his most recent album, The Life Pablo, jumps to No. 68 – its highest rank in over a year. The 2016 release, which debuted at No. 1, vaults from No. 91 to No. 68 with 8,000 units (up 8 percent). Nearly all its units are driven by streams, as the set is no longer available to purchase as a whole (though a couple its songs are available to buy individually).
— Ella Mai, Ready (EP) – No. 87— Ella Mai has a big week on the charts, as her debut EP Ready launches at No. 87 on the Billboard 200 and No. 12 on Top R&B Albums, while its single ‘Boo’d Up” hits the top 40 the Billboard Hot 100 (climbing 55-37). Ready starts with 7,000 units (mostly from streams the album’s tracks, as it garnered 5,000 SEA units).
— Soundtrack, Avengers: Infinity War – No. 92 — The score soundtrack album to the blockbuster Marvel film jumps onto the chart with 7,000 units — mostly from traditional album sales (4,000 sold). On the Soundtracks chart, the set begins at No. 5.
— Soundtrack, Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert – No. 129 — NBC TV’s live presentation Jesus Christ Superstar vaults back onto the tally at No. 129, thanks to the set’s CD release on April 27. It tallied 6,000 units, with nearly all that sum powered by traditional album sales. The album peaked at No. 46 on the April 21-dated tally.