Plus: The first “Mamma Mia!” soundtrack returns to the top 25, and ABBA’s “Gold — Greatest Hits” reaches a new peak.
All things ABBA are on the rise, thanks to the ABBA-inspired movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. The soundtrack to the hit film the same name, the sequel to 2008’s Mamma Mia!, zooms into the top five on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Meanwhile, the original Mamma Mia! soundtrack returns to the top 25 and ABBA’s 25-year-old Gold — Greatest Hits reaches a new chart high.
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). The new Aug. 4-dated chart (where Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again hits the top 10) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, July 31.
The Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again soundtrack zooms from No. 20 to No. 3 in its second week. The set earned 48,000 units (up 150 percent), which 34,000 were in traditional album sales (up 104 percent). The album is basking in the glow its parent film’s release in theaters, as the hit movie opened on July 20 — the first day the chart’s tracking week.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the fourth soundtrack to reach the top 10 in 2018, following Fifty Shades Freed (No. 5, Feb. 24), Black Panther: The Album (No. 1 for three weeks, Feb. 24) and The Greatest Showman (No. 1 for two weeks, Jan. 13).
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the sequel to the 2008 movie Mamma Mia!, which saw its soundtrack reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The set topped the tally in its fifth week on the list, dated Aug. 23, 2008, and has sold 2.1 million copies. The album climbs the new Billboard 200, rising 89-21 with 19,000 units (up 129 percent), which 11,000 were in traditional album sales (up 140 percent).
A little farther down the list, ABBA’s 1993 album Gold — Greatest Hits zooms 86-25 — a new peak for the set. It tallied 16,000 units (up 88 percent), which 9,000 were in traditional album sales (up 97 percent). The 25-year-old album originally topped out at No. 36 on the Jan. 12, 2013-dated list.
In other ABBA chart news, the original cast recording Mamma Mia! the stage musical re-enters the Cast Albums chart at No. 11 with an 83 percent sales gain and its best sales week in six years — though it still sold under 1,000 copies. The album last sold more in the tracking week that ended on April 1, 2012.