Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’ Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200 – Billboard


by Taylor Swift Midnights returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart (dated Nov. 26) for a third non-consecutive week at the top, as the set rebounds 2-1 in its fourth week on the list. It earned 204,000 equivalent album units in the US in the week ending November 17 (down 32%), according to Luminate. The album spent its first two weeks atop the chart, then retired for a week when Drake and 21 Savage’s His loss bows at No. 1.


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Midnights is the first album to earn at least 200,000 units in each of its first four weeks of release since Adele 25 saw its first six weeks reach over 200,000 (December 12, 2015 to January 16, 2016).

Also in the new Billboard 200 top 10: Louis Tomlinson lands his best album with the #5 debut of faith in the futureBruce Springsteen makes his 22nd top-10 effort with the No. 8 finish of Only the strong surviveand Nas lands his 16th top 10 with Illness of King III‘s bow at No. 10.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the United States based on multimetric consumption measured in equivalent album units, compiled by Luminate. Units include album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA), and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals 1 album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 official ad-supported audio and video streams or 1,250 paid/on-demand subscription generated songs from a album. The new table dated November 26, 2022 will be published in full on Billboard‘s on Tuesday (22 November). For all charting news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on Twitter and Instagram.

Of Midnights204,000 equivalent album units earned, SEA units include 140,000 (down 19% or 184.04 million official on-demand streams of tracks in the set), album sales include 60 000 (down 36%) and SEA units comprise 4,000 (down 88%).

After debuting at No. 1, Drake and 21 Savage’s His loss drops to No. 2 in its second week with 170,000 equivalent album units earned (down 58%). Two more former No. 1s are next on the list, like Bad Bunny’s A Verano Sin Ti increased from 4 to 3 (56,000; down 3%) and Lil Baby’s It is only me plunges 3-4 (52,000; down 15%).

Tomlinson’s second solo album, faith in the future, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, securing the pop artist his highest effort and best week yet in terms of equivalent album units earned (43,000) and album sales. traditional (37,500). It exceeds its previous record, recorded with debut No. 9 and the peak of its first album Walls (February 15, 2020, chart; 39,000 units – including 35,000 album sales).

As album sales amount to 37,500 Faithof the total first-week units, the remainder consists of SEA units (5,500; equivalent to 7.27 million official on-demand streams from tracks across the set) and a negligible amount of TEA units .

FaithThe first-week sales figure was bolstered by its availability on several physical collectible variants of the album. The set was preceded by the single “Bigger Than Me”, which became Tomlinson’s fourth solo hit on the Pop Airplay chart (outside of his tenure on One Direction).

Morgan Wallen chart topper Dangerous: the double album is a non-move on the Billboard 200 at No. 6 (41,000 equivalent album units earned; down 1%) while The Weeknd’s The strong points is also stable at No. 7 (40,000; up 2%).

Springsteen achieves his 22nd album in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 with his new cover set, Only the strong survive, debuted at No. 8 with 39,500 equivalent album units earned. Of that, traditional album sales include 36,500, SEA units include 2,000 (equivalent to 2.87 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks), and TEA units include 1,000. of soul and R&B covers includes Springsteen covers of oldies such as “Night Shift” by the Commodores, “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” by Jimmy Ruffin and “Someday We’ll Be Together” by Diana Ross & The Supremes.

With a 22nd album in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, Springsteen now has only the eighth top 10 overall and the sixth top 10 among solo artists.

Here’s an updated look at every act with at least 20 of the Billboard 200’s top 10 albums since March 24, 1956, when the list began publishing on a regular, weekly basis, via the latest chart, dated November 26, 2022.

Most Billboard 200 Top 10s:
37, The Rolling Stones
34 years old, Barbra Streisand
32 years old, the Beatles
32 years old, Frank Sinatra
27 years old, Elvis Presley
23 years old Bob Dylan
23 years old Madonna
22 years old, Bruce Springsteen
21 year old Elton John
21, Paul McCartney/Wings
21 George Strait
20 year old prince

(Notably, music brand Kidz Bop Kids garnered 24 top 10s, in 2005-16, with its series of child-friendly cover versions of hit singles. The franchise’s early albums were performed by studio singers for the mostly anonymous, though later releases have focused on branding named talent.)

Harry Styles’ former number 1 Harry’s house down 8–9 on the new Billboard 200 with 30,000 equivalent album units (down less than 1%).

Nas completes the top 10 with his latest outing Illness of King III starts at No. 10 with 29,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, SEA units include 20,000 (equivalent to 26.47 million official on-demand streams of the tracks in the set), album sales include 8,500, and TEA units include 500.

Illness of King III is the third of The King’s Disease series – the first two albums debuted and peaked at numbers 5 and 3 in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Illness of King III marks Nas’ 16th top 10 on the Billboard 200, tying him with Jay-Z for the most top 10s among rap artists. Nas’ first top 10 came with It was written in 1996 (No. 1 for four weeks). Jay-Z recorded his first top 10 in 1997 with In My Life, Vol. 1 (#3) and last landed a new top 10 with 4:44 in 2017 (#1 for two weeks).

Luminate, the independent data provider of the Billboard charts, performs a thorough review of all data submissions used to compile weekly chart rankings. Luminate examines and authenticates the data. In partnership with Billboarddata deemed suspicious or unverifiable is removed, using established criteria, before final chart calculations are made and published.


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