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  • Sorry, I've been busy but I will update the reference post right now.

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    • For the week ending June 26, 2021:

      TWICE becomes the 2nd all-female Korean pop act to have the best-selling album in the United States.

      [BLACKPINK debuted at #1 in Sales back on October 17, 2020.]

      Also, this marks the 2nd occasion on Top Album Sales where a foreign language album has replaced another...
      [Ironically, that was the same week BLACKPINK replaced Super M ^^]

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      • oldbloke- I noticed the change when looking at this week's Album Sales chart. Thanks for also noticing. I've adjusted the post.
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        • Also of note with SEVENTEEN is that it missed the top 10 on the Billboard 200, coming in at No. 15. Are there albums other than these that also were No. 1 sales and missed the Billboard 200's top 10? If so, I will edit/update the list.

          Dance Gavin Dance, Afterbuner- May 9, 2020
          HAIM, Women In Music, Pt. III- July 11, 2020
          GOJIRA, Fortitude- May 15, 2021
          Weezer, Van Weezer- May 22, 2021
          SEVENTEEN, Your Choice: 8th Mini Album (EP)- July 3, 2021

          On the July 17 Top Album Sales chart, it looks like a new SoundScan/Nielsen-era low for the No. 1 (Olivia Rodrigo's set). Garth Brooks lands two new top 10s: The Legacy Collection at No. 6, and Legacy, which re-enters at No. 8. Neither chart on the Billboard 200 this week, though Legacy did reach No. 149 in its initial run.

          Another album debuts in the sales top 10 ans fails to make the Billboard 200: Joni Mitchell's The Reprise Albums (1968-1971), at No. 7.
          Last edited by HolidayGuy; Tue July 13, 2021, 14:43.
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          • Correct.

            Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour has registered the lowest sales week for a #1 seller in the Soundscan/MRC era. The album sold roughly 10,000 copies this past week, a total that is reflected on the July 17, 2021 issue.

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            • On the July 24 chart, The Wallflowers sat at No. 3 on Top Album Sales- and 183 on the Billboard 200. Not sure off-hand if that's the lowest a new No. 3 seller has ranked on the 200, though it well may be.

              On the July 31 Top Album Sales chart, John Mayer lands his fifth No. 1.
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              • Paul McCartney lands his 2nd #1 on Album Sales... in 2021! McCartney III Imagined is a remixed version of the album with guest stars like Beck and Phoebe Bridgers. Here is an updated look at the longest #1 spans on both the Billboard 200 and Top Album Sales. For my analysis, TAS shares the same data as the BB200 pre-2015 retool.

                TOP 5 LONGEST #1 CHART SPANS – BILLBOARD 200
                1. 51 years, 11 months – Barbra Streisand [People/Encore]
                2. 48 years, 4 months – Paul McCartney [McCartney, Egypt Station]
                3. 46 years, 5 months – Elvis Presley [Elvis Presley/30 #1 Hits]
                4. 42 years, 9 months – Ray Charles [Modern Sounds/Genius Loves Company]
                5. 38 years, 11 months – AC/DC [For Those About To Rock/Power Up]

                TOP 5 LONGEST #1 CHART SPANS – TOP ALBUM SALES
                1. 57 years, 8 months – The Beatles [Meet The Beatles!/Let It Be (RE)]
                2. 51 years, 11 months – Barbra Streisand [People/Encore]
                3. 51 years, 2 months – Paul McCartney [McCartney/McCartney III Imagined]
                4. 46 years, 5 months – Elvis Presley [Elvis Presley/30 #1 Hits]
                5. 46 years, 4 months – Bob Dylan [Planet Waves/Rough Rowdy]
                Last edited by WolfSpear; Tue January 11, 2022, 19:34.

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                • Everything is now updated through the September 11, 2021 issue as Kanye’s Donda leads the pack with 309,000 units with only 3 days of available in the tracking week.

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                  • Thanks for the updates, WolfS. Hopefully Top Album Sales won't be going away any time soon- look how long it took for Keith C. of Billboard to do the weekly article round-up (you'd tyink it would have happened much earlier). And the weekly article has been consistent since it started, so that's a good thing.

                    These weeks are going by too fast. Notably, for the Sept. 4 chart, we had another top 10 seller that missed the Billboard 200: James McMurtry's The Horses And The Hounds, which debuted at No. 10 on Top Album Sales that week.
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                    • A few noteworthy achievements this week (9/18):
                      • Drake launches at #1 with Certified Lover Boy, his 10th chart-topper on the Billboard 200. In doing so, he joins an elite club of artists with 10 or more #1's on this chart. The club includes the Beatles, Jay-Z, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley, Eminem and Kanye West.
                        • Drake's accumulation of 10 number ones in a span of 11 years and 3 months is the second fastest in the Soundscan/MRC era, trailing only Jay-Z's span of roughly 9 years and 1 month. [Overall, the Beatles did this in the shortest timespan: 3 years, 4 months and 2 weeks between Meet The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band]​​​​​​​
                      • Iron Maiden completes a 40 year climb to the summit on Top Album Sales. This legendary metal band first appeared on the Billboard 200 on June 6, 1981 with the second album, Killers, and would eventually mark their first top 10 album with A Matter Of Life And Death in 2006 (#9). Their new album, Senjutsu, comes in at #3 this week on the Billboard 200 and is the top-selling album of the week.

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                      • The big news of the past week (Sept. 25) was actually Metallica’s self-titled album from 1991, returning to the top 10 on Top Album Sales [#2] and the Billboard 200 [#9]. The re-interest comes from new deluxe set and multi-artist tribute to celebrate the album’s 30th anniversary.

                        NCT-127 is expected to score their 3rd #1 on Top Album Sales this week (Oct. 2) and I will provide an update of all the Korean-pop albums to reach #1 on Top Album Sales and the Billboard 200.
                        Last edited by WolfSpear; Sat September 25, 2021, 14:38.

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                        • K-Pop #1's (Billboard 200 & Top Album Sales)

                          ALBUM - ARTIST (WKS @ #1) [Peak date]
                          Green refers to the Billboard 200; Blue refers to Top Album Sales.

                          Love Yourself: Tear - BTS (1/1)
                          [June 2, 2018]
                          Love Yourself: Answer - BTS (1/1) [September 8, 2018]
                          Map Of The Soul: Persona - BTS (2/1) [April 27, 2018]
                          We Are Superhuman (EP) - NCT 127 (1) [June 8, 2019]
                          SuperM (EP) - SuperM (2/1) [October 19, 2019]
                          Map Of The Soul: 7 - BTS (1/1) [March 7, 2020]
                          Neo Zone, The 2nd Album - NCT 127 (2) [March 21, 2020]
                          Super One: The 1st Album - SuperM (1) [October 10, 2020]
                          The Album - BLACKPINK (2) [October 17, 2020]
                          Minisode1: Blue Hour (EP) - Tomorrow X Together (1) [November 21, 2020]
                          BE - BTS (3/1) [December 5, 2020]
                          The Chaos Chapter: Freeze - Tomorrow X Together (1) [June 19, 2021]
                          Taste Of Love: The 10th Mini Album (EP) - TWICE
                          (1) [June 26, 2021]
                          Your Choice: 8th Mini Album (EP) - SEVENTEEN
                          (1) [July 3, 2021]
                          Sticker: The 3rd Album - NCT 127
                          (1) [October 2, 2021]
                          Crazy In Love: The 1st Album - iTZY
                          (1) [October 9, 2021]
                          Attacca: 9th Mini Album (EP) - SEVENTEEN
                          (1) [November 6, 2021]
                          Last edited by WolfSpear; Wed November 3, 2021, 20:39.

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                          • Let It Be by the Beatles leads the Sales column this week with roughly 50,000 copies sold (Oct 30). This is now the 4th* catalog title to become the top-selling album since 2014 (the Beatles own 3 of those titles: Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road and Let It Be). So far, The Very Best Of Prince is the only one to lead the Billboard 200 during that span.

                            *Does not include Number Ones by Michael Jackson.
                            That title was designated to the Comprehensive Albums chart due to catalog rules in place between 1991 and 2009.
                            Last edited by WolfSpear; Fri October 29, 2021, 02:24.

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                            • The list has now been updated through the latest issue (Nov. 6)

                              The Beatles and Rolling Stones share the top 10 on Album Sales* for the first time since July 4, 1976. That week, the Billboard 200 featured the Beatles at #5 with Rock 'N' Roll Music and the Rolling Stones dropping 7-10 with their latest studio album, Black And Blue.

                              *Incorporates Billboard 200 data prior to December 2014.
                              Last edited by WolfSpear; Wed November 3, 2021, 21:25.

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                              • The long awaited Voyage by ABBA is the big news this week (Nov. 20). As predicted, ABBA scores their first top 10 album (#2) on the Billboard 200, nearly 40 years after releasing The Visitors. That may come as a surprise to some, but their highest ranking effort had previously been The Album (1977) which settled at #14*. The group had shown little interest in recording together throughout those years, working instead the hit musical 'Mamma Mia!' which was subsequently adapted as a hit film in 2008. It should comes as no surprise that the film's soundtrack went to #1 in the U.S. and #5 in the U.K.

                                *ABBA Gold peaked at #11 on Billboard's Comprehensive Chart in 2008; the album also peaked at #8 on Top Album Sales in 2018.
                                Last edited by WolfSpear; Sun November 21, 2021, 17:57.

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                                • Happy New Year... For the first time in nearly 2 months, the top selling album in the U.S. is not the most popular overall. Adele leads the post-holiday crash with 29,000 copies sold (Jan. 15), and the soundtrack to Disney's Encanto jumps to 7-1 on the Billboard 200 with 72,000 in SPS.

                                  Here's a brief recap of the 2021 Year:
                                  • During 30 of the 52 weeks, the top seller was not the most popular album in the nation.
                                  • Alice Cooper's Detroit Stories became the first #1 in Sales to miss the top 40: #47 (3/13/21)
                                  • Eric Church became the first artist to self-replace at #1 on TAS (5/1 and 5/8/21) since Future in 2017.
                                  • Sour by Olivia Rodrigo sold a new record low in the Soundscan/MRC era: ≈ 10,000 (7/17/21)
                                  • Drake became the 8th artist to accumulate 10 #1's on the Billboard 200. (9/18/21)
                                  • Let It Be became the 3rd catalog album by the Beatles to ascend to #1 in Sales, following Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road. (10/30/21)
                                  • The Beatles extend their #1 span on Top Album Sales to 57 years and 8 months: Meet The Beatles/Let It Be [RE]
                                  • K-Pop accounted for six chart-toppers on TAS in 2021, the most for the genre in any calendar year!
                                  Last edited by WolfSpear; Tue January 11, 2022, 19:33.

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                                  • The Weeknd's Dawn FM re-enters Top Album Sales at No. 1 this week- it has yet to hit the top of the Billboard 200.

                                    Another notable "feat" this week: Jethro Tull's The Zealot Gene just makes the top 10 on Top Album Sales- however, it falls short of charting on the Billboard 200. The last time this happened, it looks - a top 10 debut on Album Sales missing the Billboard 200 - was James McMurtry's The Horses And The Hounds, which entered at No. 10 on the Sept. 4, 2021, chart.

                                    On the Feb. 5 chart, Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell came in at No. 2 on Top Album Sales; and while it missed the Billboard 200 top 10, it did eke out a new peak there, at No. 13.
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                                    • Thanks, HolidayGuy!

                                      Everything is now up to date through February 19, 2022.

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                                      • Tears For Fears is at #1 on Top Album Sales (March 12), their first leader since August 1985! A span of 36 years, 6 months and roughly 2 weeks for those counting…

                                        TOP 5 LONGEST GAPS BETWEEN #1's TOP ALBUM SALES
                                        42 years, 5 months Ray Charles [Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music/Genius Loves Company]
                                        36 years, 10 months
                                        Johnny Cash [At San Quentin/American Highways V]
                                        36 years, 6 months
                                        Tears For Fears [Songs From The Big Chair/The Tipping Point]
                                        36 years, 3 months – Paul McCartney [Tug Of War/Egypt Station]
                                        30 years, 7 months – Paul Simon [Still Crazy After All These Years/Stranger To Stranger]
                                        Last edited by WolfSpear; Sun March 6, 2022, 22:41.

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                                        • No problem, WolfS.

                                          This week, Pokemon 25: The Album joins the ranks of albums to debut/rank/peak in the sales top 10 and not crack the Billboard 200.

                                          Also- this is the fifth straight week in which an album peaking at No. 1 on Top Album Sales did not also top the Billboard 200.

                                          Last edited by HolidayGuy; Wed March 9, 2022, 03:53.
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                                          • Stray Kids became the 3rd K-Pop act to lead the Billboard 200, following BTS and Super M (Apr 2). Here is an look at the K-Pop movement in the United States, now through May 28, 2022:

                                            K-Pop #1's (Billboard 200 & Top Album Sales)

                                            ALBUM - ARTIST (WKS @ #1) [Peak date]
                                            Green refers to the Billboard 200; Blue refers to Top Album Sales.


                                            Love Yourself: Tear - BTS (1/1) [June 2, 2018]
                                            Love Yourself: Answer - BTS (1/1) [September 8, 2018]
                                            Map Of The Soul: Persona - BTS (2/1) [April 27, 2018]
                                            We Are Superhuman (EP) - NCT 127 (1) [June 8, 2019]
                                            SuperM (EP) - SuperM (2/1) [October 19, 2019]
                                            Map Of The Soul: 7 - BTS (1/1) [March 7, 2020]
                                            Neo Zone, The 2nd Album - NCT 127 (2) [March 21, 2020]
                                            Super One: The 1st Album - SuperM (1) [October 10, 2020]
                                            The Album - BLACKPINK (2) [October 17, 2020]
                                            Minisode1: Blue Hour (EP) - T
                                            OMORROW X TOGETHER (1) [November 21, 2020]
                                            BE - BTS (3/1) [December 5, 2020]

                                            The Chaos Chapter: Freeze - TOMORROW X TOGETHER (1) [June 19, 2021]
                                            Taste Of Love: The 10th Mini Album (EP) - TWICE (1) [June 26, 2021]
                                            Your Choice: 8th Mini Album (EP) - SEVENTEEN (1) [July 3, 2021]
                                            Sticker: The 3rd Album - NCT 127 (1) [October 2, 2021]
                                            Crazy In Love: The 1st Album - iTZY (1) [October 9, 2021]
                                            Attacca: 9th Mini Album (EP) - SEVENTEEN (1)
                                            [November 6, 2021]
                                            Oddinary (EP) - Stray Kids
                                            (1/1) [April 2, 2022]
                                            Minisode 2: Thursday's Child (EP) - TOMORROW X TOGETHER (1) [May 28, 2022]
                                            Last edited by WolfSpear; Yesterday, 22:13.

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                                            • Following up on the post from a couple posts up, the streak of albums peaking at No. 1 on Top Album Sales and not topping the Billboard 200 extended to seven (Feb. 12 through March 26 charts). The last couple of weeks, the Album Sales No. 1 was also No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

                                              Another note: there were seven top 10 debuts on Album Sales, the most since there were eight on the July 31, 2021, chart.There were a few other months prior to that, in 2021, that had seven top 10 entries.
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                                              • Since the March 26 chart (Ghost), three titles hit No. 1 on Top Album Sales, and not the Billboard 200- Jack White's Fear Of The Dawn, Childish Gambino's Kauai and Arcade Fire's We.

                                                Also- on the May 21 chart, Sharon Van Etten's We've Been Going About This All Wrong entered at No. 10 on Top Album Sales, and missed the Billboard 200.
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                                                • Thanks! Not a whole lot to comment on this week.

                                                  Bad Bunny leads the Billboard 200 (May 20) with the second all-Spanish number one, Un Verano Sin Ti. This is also the Puerto Rican rapper's second chart-topper, following El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo in December 2020... This week, the new album set streaming records for a Latin artist in the United States; 356.6 million streams were generated and 5 songs debuted within the top 10 on the Hot 100.

                                                  Arcade Fire scores their fourth leader on Top Album Sales; this album also debuts at #6, becoming their first effort to miss the Billboard 200's top 5 region since 2004's Funeral...

                                                  For all coverage of the 2020's, refer to this post.
                                                  Last edited by WolfSpear; Wed May 18, 2022, 00:30.

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