On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated July 7), Panic! at the Disco collects its second No. 1 album as Pray for the Wicked tops the list. The set earned 180,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 151,000 were in traditional album sales. Both figures represent the largest weeks the year for an alternative rock album.
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:
— Nine Inch Nails, Bad Witch (EP) – No. 12 — The new album’s arrival gives Nine Inch Nails its 17th entry on the tally. The act first dented the list on Feb. 10, 1999 with Pretty Hate Machine, which went on to peak at No. 75 the following year. Nine Inch Nails’ charting albums on the list include six top 10s, which two hit No. 1: The Fragile (1999) and With Teeth (2005).
— Bebe Rexha, Expectations – No. 13 — The pop singer-songwriter’s debut full-length studio album starts at No. 13 with 26,000 units ( which 10,000 were in traditional album sales). It was preceded by the effort’s smash single “Meant To Be,” with Florida Georgia Line. The cut’s track sales for the week (23,000) and on-demand audio streams (9.5 million) account for 33 percent the album’s total units for the week.
— The Beatles, 1 – No. 38 — Promotion at digital retailers lift the Fab Four’s greatest hits package back to the top 40 for the first time in more than two years. The album vaults 157-38 with 14,000 units (up 154 percent) with 4,000 that sum in traditional album sales (up 162 percent). The hits-filled set — which spent eight weeks at No. 1 back in Dec. 2000 and early 2001 — was last in the top 40 on the Jan. 30, 2016-dated list, when it ranked at No. 37.
— Imagine Dragons, Night Visions – No. 82 — The album collects its 300th nonconsecutive week on the tally, as it holds steady at No. 82. Since its debut on the Sept. 22, 2012-dated list, it has only been absent from the chart for four weeks. In total, the album has earned 5.8 million equivalent album units, which 2.85 million are in traditional album sales.
— Foster the People, Sacred Hearts Club – No. 191 — After more than a year f the chart, the album returns to the list thanks to the increased popularity its hit single “Sit Next to Me.” The album jumps back onto the tally with 5,000 units (up 3 percent) as “Sit” rises 59-51 on the Billboard Hot 100 and breaks the top 20 on the Pop Songs airplay chart, ascending 21-20. It’s the band’s third hit on the Pop Songs chart, their first since 2012’s “Don’t Stop” peaked at No. 34, and their highest charting since their breakthrough hit “Pumped Up Kicks” topped out at No. 3 in 2011.