SZA’s ‘SOS’ Tops Billboard 200 for Third Week in a Row

SZA’s SOS guidelines the Billboard 200 chart (dated Jan. 7) for a 3rd straight and whole week because the set earned 128,000 equal album items within the U.S. within the week ending Dec. 29 (down 29%), in keeping with Luminate. Plus, 5 vacation albums populate the highest 10 — essentially the most in a yr — led by Michael Bublé’s former No. 1 Christmas.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the preferred albums of the week within the U.S. based mostly on multi-metric consumption as measured in equal album items, compiled by Luminate. Units comprise album gross sales, monitor equal albums (TEA) and streaming equal albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 particular person tracks bought from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Jan. 7, 2023-dated chart shall be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on Jan. 4 (one day later than usual, due to the New Year’s Day vacation on Jan. 1). For all chart news, observe @billboard and @billboardcharts on each Twitter and Instagram.

Of SOS’ 128,000 equal album items earned, SEA items comprise 126,500 (down 29%, equaling 168.73 million on-demand official streams of the set’s tracks), album gross sales comprise 1,000 (down 20%) and TEA items comprise 500 (up 3%).

SOS is the primary R&B album by a girl to spend three weeks at No. 1 since Beyoncé’s self-titled effort additionally spent its first three weeks atop the listing in 2013. (R&B albums are outlined as those who have hit Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart.)

Taylor Swift’s former No. 1 Midnights is a non-mover at No. 2 with 106,000 equal album items (down 32%), whereas Bublé’s Christmas rises 5-3 with 62,000 items (down 14%). Christmas is certainly one of 5 vacation albums within the high 10, essentially the most within the area because the chart dated Jan. 2, 2022, when the highest 10 additionally housed 5 festive units.

Metro Boomin’s chart-topping Heroes & Villains is stationary at No. 4 with 58,000 equal album items earned (down 24%). Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song hits a brand new peak, rising 7-5 with 57,000 items. It beforehand topped out at No. 6, first achieved on the Jan. 2, 2021-dated listing.

Drake and 21 Savage’s former chief, Her Loss, holds at No. 6 with 50,000 equal album items earned (down 16%) and Bad Bunny’s former No. 1 Un Verano Sin Ti climbs 10-7 with 48,000 (down 9%). A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector climbs to a brand new chart excessive, rising 11-8 with 47,000 items (down 1%). The set had earlier plateaued at No. 10 on the Jan. 8, 2022-dated tally. Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas is a non-mover at No. 9 with 47,000 items (down 10%) and Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack falls 8-10 with 45,000 items (down 20%).

Luminate, the unbiased knowledge supplier to the Billboard charts, completes an intensive overview of all knowledge submissions utilized in compiling the weekly chart rankings. Luminate critiques and authenticates knowledge. In partnership with Billboard, knowledge deemed suspicious or unverifiable is eliminated, utilizing established standards, earlier than last chart calculations are made and revealed.

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