On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated May 19), Post Malone logged a second week atop the tally with beerbongs & bentleys, becoming the first artist to score multiple weeks at No. 1 in 2018. The set earned 193,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 10, 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:
— Soundtrack, The Greatest Showman – No. 7 — The Greatest Showman soundtrack logs a 20th straight week in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 (No. 7), making it just the fourth soundtrack in the past 20 years to string together that many consecutive weeks in the region. It follows Frozen (39 in 2014), High School Musical (24, 2006) and City Angels (20, 1998).
— Various Artists, Now 66 – No. 20 — Now 66 marks the 81st Now That’s What I Call Music! compilation to reach the top 20 as the new album bows with 21,000 equivalent album units earned (all from traditional album sales).
— Taylor Swift, reputation – No. 23 — The diva’s album nabs a 15 percent increase in units (rising to 19,000) as her reputation stadium tour kicked f May 8 in Glendale, Ariz. The trek is slated to wrap Nov. 21 in Tokyo.
— Fleetwood Mac, Rumours – No. 84 — Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours rises 88-84 — the title’s highest rank in nearly a year. The former No. 1 earned 8,000 units in the latest tracking week — up 6 percent. The album last went higher on the chart dated June 3, 2017, placing at No. 56. Rumours is likely picking up steam because the group being in the news following the April 9 announcement that Lindsey Buckingham would not be joining it on its upcoming tour.
— Guns N’ Roses, Greatest Hits – No. 113 — Guns N’ Roses’ Greatest Hits returns to the chart at No. 113 with a big 105 percent gain in equivalent album units earned. The set — perhaps encouraged by the May 4 news the band’s upcoming reissue its 1987 debut, Appetite for Destruction — earned 6,000 units in the week ending May 10. That’s the album’s biggest week since the Jan. 6-dated list (No. 135 with 8,000 units).
— Chance the Rapper, Coloring Book – No. 116 — Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book celebrates its second anniversary on the chart, as the former top 10 album spends its 104th consecutive week on the tally. The streaming-only set shifts 114-116 with 6,000 units (up 3 percent) — all from SEA units. The set became the first streaming-only top 10 album back when it debuted and peaked at No. 8 on the list dated June 4, 2016. (The album was released on May 13 that year, and the latest chart’s tracking week ended on May 10, 2018.) Coloring Book has earned 1.2 million equivalent album units — all from streaming activity. In total, through May 10, the set’s songs have generated 1.85 billion on-demand audio streams.