SZA‘s SEA is no. 1 on Billboard 200 album chart (dated January 28) for the sixth consecutive week – its entire chart. The last album by a woman to spend six weeks at the top of the chart was Adele’s 30 just over a year ago, which also spent its first six weeks on the chart at No. 1 (dated charts from December 4, 2021 to January 8, 2022).
SEA earned 119,000 equivalent album units in the US in the week ending January. 19 (down 4%) according to Luminate.
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. The units include album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale or 10 individual tracks sold 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. 28, 2023-dated chart will be published in full on Billboard‘s website on Jan. 25 – one day later than usual due to data processing delays. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Of SEA‘ 119,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending January. 19, SEA units include 118,000 (up/down 3%, equivalent to 160.1 million on-demand official streams of the set’s tracks), album sales include just over 500 (down 77%) and TEA units include 500 units (up 18 %) .
SEA has the most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 among R&B/hip-hop albums since Drake’s Views 13 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 in 2016, and the most weeks at No. 1 for an R&B album since Usher’s Confessions was at the top for nine consecutive weeks in 2004.
SEA has the most weeks at No. 1 among female R&B/hip-hop or R&B albums since Mariah Carey’s Day dreamwhich reached six non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 in late 1995 and early 1996.
And the last R&B/Hip or R&B album by a woman to spend its first six weeks at No. 1 was Janet Jackson’s Janet., which led the chart for its first six weeks (June 5–July 10, 1993). Moreover, SEA is the first R&B album by any act to spend its first six weeks at No. 1 since Janet. (R&B/hip-hop and R&B albums are defined as those that have hit or are eligible for Billboards Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top R&B Albums respectively)
Amazingly, in the last decade-plus, the only albums by women with six or more weeks at No. 1 have been those by Adele, Taylor Swift and SZA. The last album by a woman not named Adele, Swift or SZA to spend at least six weeks at No.1 was Susan Boyle, who saw her debut effort I dreamed a dream at the top of the chart for a total of six weeks (12 Dec 2009-16 Jan 2010).
Since I dreamed a dream, eight albums by women have spent at least six weeks at No. 1, and seven of those are by Adele and Swift. They are Swifts Speak now (six weeks, 2010–11), Adele’s 21 (24, 2011-12), Swifts Oath (seven, 2012-13), Swifts 1989 (11, 2014-15), Adele’s 25 (10, 2015-16), Swift’s Folklore (eight, 2020), Adele’s 30 (six, 2021-22) and SZAs SEA (six so far, 2022-23).
Back on the new Billboard 200, the entire top four titles are all former No. 1s and are non-movers compared to their ranks a week ago. Swifts Midnights is no. 2 (73,000 equivalent album units; down 10%), followed by Metro Boomins Heroes and villains (56,000; down 2%) and Drake and 21 Savage’s Her loss (47,000; a decrease of 7%).
The Weeknd‘s compilation album The highlights jumps back into the top 10 and climbs 36-5 with 44,000 equivalent album units earned (up 185%). The best effort features hits like “Blinding Lights” and the resurgent “Die for You” (from The Weeknd’s studio album After hours and Starboy, respectively). On the new chart, the TEA and SEA units for these songs contribute The highlights, as a song’s activity is assigned to the artist’s album with the most traditional album sales in a week. (The highlights sold nearly 1,000 copies in the most recent tracking week, while After hours and Starboy each sold under 1,000.) A week ago TEA and SEA for the songs were sent to After hours and Starboywhen they sold out The highlights that week.
Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti falls 5-6 (43,000 equivalent album units; down 5%) and Morgan Wallens Dangerous: The Double Album decrease 6-7 (41,000; decrease 4%).
Closing out the new Billboard 200’s top 10 is Zach Bryans American Heartbreak (falling 7-8 with 32,000 equivalent album units earned, down 5%), Lil Baby’s chart It’s just me (8-9 with 29,000 units; down 7%) and Harry Styles’ former leader Harry’s house (holds at No. 10 with 24,000 units; down 7%).
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