It’s the first time one label has four the top five since 2010.
Republic Records has reason to celebrate, as the label has four the top five albums on the new Billboard 200 albums chart — the first time a label has achieved the feat since 2010.
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 Sept. 1-dated chart (where Republic rules with four in the top five) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Republic is at No. 1 with Ariana Grande’s arriving Sweetener, followed by Nicki Minaj’s Queen at No. 3 (released on Young Money/Cash Money through Republic), Drake’s Scorpion (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic) at No. 4 and Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys (Republic) at No. 5. (The one non-Republic title in the top five: Travis Scott's Astroworld at No. 2, released Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic Records.)
The last label to claim four albums among the top five was Columbia Records, on the list dated Dec. 18, 2010, when the label — as part what was then known as the Sony Music Label Group — controlled Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5. That week, Susan Boyle’s The Gift (SYCO/Columbia/Sony Music) led the list. Taylor Swift’s Speak Now (Big Machine) was No. 2. Then, Columbia picked up again at Nos. 3-5 with Jackie Evancho’s O Holy Night (SYCO/Columbia/Sony Music) and a pair Glee soundtracks: Glee: The Music – The Christmas Album (20th Century Fox/Columbia/Sony Music) and Glee: The Music – Season Two: Volume 4 (20th Century Fox/Columbia/Sony Music).
Sony Music Label Group combined the previously separate Columbia Records and Epic Records’ sales and distribution departments into one entity. The group launched after the Sony/BMG merger in 2004. Eventually, Sony Music Label Group morphed into the Columbia/Epic Label Group and then dissolved in 2011, letting the two labels stand alone once again.