Seeing as the Billboard 200 features 200 spaces (obviously), it makes sense that many different sturdy albums reach special milestones every week. Somewhat surprisingly, the latest edition of the tally has turned out to be fairly quiet in regards to anniversaries and the like…but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other releases worth discussing on the list this time around!
Here are five albums that make big moves on the Billboard 200 chart this week.
No. 15 – Seventeen – Your Choice
Seventeen rules this week’s Top Album Sales chart, which looks solely at the bestselling titles in the U.S. (compared to the Billboard 200, which also incorporates streams and other forms of consumption) with their latest release Your Choice. While it may be the bestselling release in the country, it didn’t quite hit the top 10 on the all-encompassing tally…though the group is still celebrating, as they earn their first-ever placement on the most important albums list.
Seventeen is now one of only eight boy groups from South Korea to score a top 20 title on the Billboard 200, joining familiar acts like BTS, Monsta X, NCT 127, SuperM and a number of others in this feat.
No. 36 – Original Broadway Cast – Hamilton: An American Musical
These days, albums associated with Broadway are lucky to reach the Billboard 200 at all, and every year only a handful find space anywhere on the weekly ranking of the 200 most popular releases. From the moment it first debuted, it was clear that Hamilton was not the average theatrical release, and it continues to prove its unprecedented power time and time again. The original Broadway cast recording has now lived on the Billboard 200 for 300 weeks, moving thousands of units every frame. It’s still present inside the top 40, so it will likely tack on several more years before vanishing…if it ever does.
No. 50 – Drake – Scorpion
Drake’s new album Certified Lover Boy was supposed to come out in January, but since the prospective timeframe came and went, fans haven’t heard a whole lot from the rapper in regards to when it will arrive. As they hold on, the hip-hop titan has shared new singles, and millions continue to listen to his older collections, and as is typically the case, he occupies half a dozen spaces on the Billboard 200 this time around.
Drake’s Scorpion, labeled as his most recent official album, hits 156 weeks on the chart this frame, or exactly three years.
No. 92 – Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2
Named his first official debut album (as opposed to a mixtape) Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2 turned him from a hot talent in the hip-hop world to a chart-topper, as it had no issue going right to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 when it was first released back in the summer of 2017. Since then, it appears the title has held on, racking up thousands of equivalent units every week, and it has now spent an incredible 200 frames on the tally. Next month it should reach four full years spent on the chart.
No. 134 – Phish – LP On LP 01: Recorded Live, July 14, 2019, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
It’s not often that any artist, no matter how popular, debuts two new albums on the Billboard simultaneously, but Phish has done exactly that this time around with a pair of live releases. The group’s LP On LP 01: Recorded Live, July 14, 2019, Alpine Valley Music Theatre and LP On LP 02: Recorded Live May 26. 2011, Bethel Woods Center For The Arts start off at Nos. 134 and 138, respectively. Phish has enjoyed incredible success on the all-encompassing albums roster with live recordings, and the jam band has now appeared on the tally with 37 different tiles.