On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated July 28), Drake’s Scorpion locked up a third straight week at No. 1 with 260,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 19, 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:
— Billie Eilish, Don’t Smile at Me – No. 38 — The singer’s debut effort reaches the top 40 for the first time, climbing 55-38 with 12,000 units (up 10 percent). Streaming activity is driving the bulk the units for the title, with 10,000 SEA units earned in the week. This is the album’s eighth consecutive week unit gains, and its top 40 breakthrough comes nearly a year after the set’s release on Aug. 11, 2017. The nine-track collection has earned 361 million on-demand audio streams for its songs, led by “Ocean Eyes” with 118 million clicks.
— Kidz Bop Kids, Kidz Bop 38 – No. 47 — The Kidz Bop series tallies its 53rd chart entry, as Kidz Bop 38 arrives at No. 47 with 12,000 units earned (10,000 in traditional album sales). The new album features the Kidz Bop Kids putting their kid-friendly spin on covers recent pop smashes like Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry,” Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood” and Bruno Mars’ “Finesse.”
On the Kid Albums chart, which ranks the top-selling children’s albums the week, Kidz Bop 38 starts at No. 1. It’s the 40th No. 1 for the Kidz Bop series on the Kid Albums chart, dating back to the first Kidz Bop album in 2001.
— ABBA, Gold — Greatest Hits – No. 86 — The best- collection from the pop quartet reaches its highest rank since 2013, as Gold — Greatest Hits climbs 141-86 (8,000 units; up 41 percent). The album is benefitting from promotion associated with the new ABBA-inspired film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which opened in theaters on July 20.
Gold was last higher on the list on the Jan. 12, 2013-dated chart, when it re-entered at No. 36 with 28,000 copies sold (back when the chart was purely ranking based on album sales, not equivalent album units). Gold jumped back onto the list at No. 36 back in 2013 following deep discounting by the Amazon MP3 store, where the retailer sold the album for just $1.99.
Three steps below Gold — Greatest Hits on the current Billboard 200 is the first Mamma Mia! soundtrack, which re-enters at No. 89 (8,000 units; up 79 percent).
Both Gold and the first Mamma Mia! album will likely post further increases on next week’s Billboard 200 chart (dated Aug. 4), in the wake Here We Go Again’s release in theaters. Meanwhile, the soundtrack to Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is aiming to jump straight into the top 10, from its No. 20 debut on the current tally.
— Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory – No. 134 — The album earns 7,000 units and nets the chart’s largest percentage gain for the week (up 18 percent) thanks largely to a discount promotion in the Amazon store. The vinyl edition the set was available for $4.99 in association with a limited time promotion during the tracking week. In turn, the set re-enters the Vinyl Albums chart at No. 9 with a 1,000 copies sold (up 358 percent).
— Grateful Dead, Anthem the Sun – No. 143 — The album returns to the chart after its 50th anniversary reissue on July 13. The set reached No. 87 on Oct. 26, 1968 and was Grateful Dead’s second charting album, following its self-titled debut peaked at No. 73 in 1967. The reissue editions (which include a deluxe CD with bonus tracks and a new vinyl release) are combined with the original album for sales tracking and charting purposes. Anthem the Sun was last on the Billboard 200 chart on Dec. 21, 1968.