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BILLBOARD 200 Week ending February 18, 2017

TW LW 2W Wks Title - Artist - Label
1 ** 1 Culture - Migos - Quality Control/300 | AG (131,000 (44,000 sales))
2 ** 1 The Devil Dont Sleep - Brantley Gilbert - Valory | BMLG (77,000 (66,000 sales))
3 ** 1 SweetSexySavage - Kehlani - Tsunami Mob/Atlantic | AG (58,000 (32,000 sales))
4 1 1 10 Starboy - The Weeknd - XO | Republic (51,000)
5 ** 1 NOW 61 - Various Artists - Universal/Sony Music | Legacy (37,000 (37,000 sales))
6 3 3 8 La La Land - Soundtrack - Summit/Interscope | IGA (36,000 (25,000 sales))
7 4 5 11 24K Magic - Bruno Mars - Atlantic | AG (31,000)
8 ** 1 A Girl A Bottle A Boat - Train - Crush Music | Columbia (30,000 (23,000 sales))
9 7 9 8 Stoney - Post Malone - Republic (27,000)
10 6 4 11 Moana - Soundtrack - Walt Disney (27,000)
11 ** 1 The RCA-List, Vol. 3 - Various Artists - RCA
12 8 6 71 Hamilton: An American Musical - Original Broadway Cast - Hamilton Uptown/Atlantic | AG
13 9 8 40 Views - Drake - Young Money/Cash Money | Republic
14 12 10 19 Trolls - Soundtrack - Villa 40/DreamWorks | RCA
15 10 7 8 4 Your Eyez Only - J. Cole - Dreamville | Roc Nation
16 14 14 90 Blurryface - twenty one pilots - Fueled By Ramen | AG
17 13 12 54 ANTI - Rihanna - Westbury Road | Roc Nation
18 ** 1 Three Stripes - Bell Biv Devoe - The Triangle | eOne
19 17 11 13 Collage (EP) - The Chainsmokers - Disruptor | Columbia
20 15 18 22 Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight - Travis Scott - Grand Hustle | Epic
21 ** 1 After All These Years - Brian & Jenn Johnson - Bethel
22 19 15 25 Sremmlife 2 - Rae Sremmurd - Ear Drumner/Interscope | IGA
23 22 21 63 25 - Adele - XL | Columbia
24 23 17 26 Suicide Squad: The Album - Soundtrack - DC/Atlas/WaterTower/Atlantic | AG
25 21 16 73 Traveller - Chris Stapleton - Mercury Nashville | UMGN
26 ** 1 Dave's Picks, Volume 21: Boston Garden, Boston, MA 4/2/73 - Grateful Dead - Grateful Dead | Rhino
27 24 31 55 Death Of A Bachelor - Panic! At The Disco - DCD2/Fueled By Ramen | AG
28 ** 1 The Continuous Evilution Of Life's ?'s - Twiztid - Majik Ninja
29 27 24 28 The Human Condition - Jon Bellion - Visionary | Capitol
30 26 23 29 Savage Mode - 21 Savage & Metro Boomin - Slaughter Gang
31 ** 1 Road Less Traveled - Lauren Alaina - 19/Interscope/Mercury Nashville | UMGN
32 44 46 43 Cleopatra - The Lumineers - Dualtone
33 RE 32 The Getaway - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Warner Bros.
34 25 19 37 Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande - Republic
35 29 25 19 Illuminate - Shawn Mendes - Island
36 33 29 11 Epic Lit (Version 2) - Various Artists - Epic
37 ** 1 All The Number Ones - New Edition - Hip-O | UMe
38 35 33 38 Coloring Book - Chance The Rapper - Chance The Rapper
39 31 27 53 This Is Acting - Sia - Monkey Puzzle | RCA
40 34 26 75 Beauty Behind The Madness - The Weeknd - XO | Republic
41 16 – 2 2017 Grammy Nominees - Various Artists - Grammy/Atlantic | AG
42 45 87 3 Act One - Marian Hill - Photo Finish | Republic
43 18 – 2 Kidz Bop 34 - Kidz Bop Kids - Kidz Bop/Razor & Tie | Concord
44 37 34 39 Ripcord - Keith Urban - Hit Red/Capitol Nashville | UMGN
45 49 37 137 x - Ed Sheeran - Atlantic | AG
46 40 38 43 The Life Of Pablo - Kanye West - G.O.O.D. | Def Jam
47 39 39 71 T R A P S O U L - Bryson Tiller - TrapSoul | RCA
48 36 28 3 GTTM: Goin Thru The Motions - PnB Rock - EMPIRE Recordings/Atlantic | AG
49 48 43 41 Lemonade - Beyonce - Parkwood | Columbia
50 38 30 9 "Awaken, My Love!" - Childish Gambino - mcDJ | Glassnote
51 50 45 113 2014 Forest Hills Drive - J. Cole - Dreamville/Roc Nation | Columbia
52 51 47 129 Vessel - twenty one pilots - Fueled By Ramen | AG
53 54 44 71 Tangled Up - Thomas Rhett - Valory | BMLG
54 41 35 7 The Return Of East Atlanta Santa - Gucci Mane - Guwop/Atlantic | AG
55 52 54 13 Back From The Edge - James Arthur - Columbia
56 43 41 36 Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World - Lil Uzi Vert - Generation Now/Atlantic | AG
57 47 36 11 Hardwired...To Self-Destruct - Metallica - Blackened
58 42 40 64 Know-It-All - Alessia Cara - EP | Def Jam
59 56 50 23 Dig Your Roots - Florida Georgia Line - BMLG
60 57 53 61 When It's Dark Out - G-Eazy - G-Eazy/RVG/BPG | RCA
61 53 42 77 Cry Baby - Melanie Martinez - Atlantic | AG
62 55 48 64 Purpose - Justin Bieber - SchoolBoy/Raymond Braun | Def Jam
63 2 – 2 The Search For Everything : Wave One (EP) - John Mayer - Columbia
64 62 60 205 Take Care - Drake - Young Money/Cash Money | Republic
65 86 111 91 How Can It Be - Lauren Daigle - Centricity | Capitol CMG
66 59 58 15 Joanne - Lady Gaga - Streamline/Interscope | IGA
67 76 75 119 Montevallo - Sam Hunt - MCA Nashville | UMGN
68 58 55 104 If You're Reading This It's Too Late - Drake - Young Money/Cash Money | Republic
69 64 52 75 Badlands - Halsey - Astralwerks
70 63 56 53 Islah - Kevin Gates - Bread Winners' Association/Atlantic | AG
71 30 2 3 I See You - The xx - Young Turks
72 61 51 26 Encore - DJ Snake - DJ Snake/Interscope | IGA
73 46 22 8 Sing - Soundtrack - Universal Studios/Illumination | Republic
74 66 63 305 The Eminem Show - Eminem - Web/Aftermath/Interscope | UMe
75 77 74 223 good kid, m.A.A.d city - Kendrick Lamar - Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope | IGA
76 ** 1 Near To The Wild Heart Of Life - Japandroids - Anti- | Epitaph
77 70 114 28 A / B - Kaleo - Elektra/Atlantic | AG
78 69 68 21 They Don't Know - Jason Aldean - Macon/Broken Bow | BBMG
79 RE 4 The Ultimate Collection - Garth Brooks - Pearl
80 67 61 15 Big Baby D.R.A.M. - D.R.A.M. - #1EpicCheck | EMPIRE Recordings
81 71 72 81 DS2 - Future - A-1/Freebandz | Epic
82 78 89 31 California Sunrise - Jon Pardi - Capitol Nashville | UMGN
83 68 57 9 Darkness And Light - John Legend - Columbia
84 74 70 17 Artist - A Boogie Wit da Hoodie - Highbridge The Label | AG
85 195 – 52 Heart Break - New Edition - MCA/Geffen | UMe
86 87 88 78 Kill The Lights - Luke Bryan - Capitol Nashville | UMGN
87 81 82 24 Blonde - Frank Ocean - Boys Don't Cry
88 72 78 73 Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen - Hollywood
89 83 101 7 FREE 6LACK - 6LACK - LVNR/Interscope | IGA
90 80 84 172 Nothing Was The Same - Drake - Young Money/Cash Money | Republic
91 65 64 93 Faith - George Michael - Columbia | Legacy
92 94 81 11 The Weight Of These Wings - Miranda Lambert - Vanner/RCA Nashville | SMN
93 79 79 25 The Perfect LUV Tape - Lil Uzi Vert - Generation Now/Atlantic | AG
94 RE 10 Walls - Kings Of Leon - RCA
95 92 119 326 Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem - Shady/Aftermath/Interscope | IGA
96 116 150 76 Immortalized - Disturbed - Reprise | Warner Bros.
97 89 92 311 21 - Adele - XL | Columbia
98 93 110 66 Mr. Misunderstood - Eric Church - EMI Nashville | UMGN
99 75 85 37 If I'm Honest - Blake Shelton - Warner Bros. Nashville | WMN
100 122 107 158 Beyonce - Beyonce - Parkwood | Columbia
101 109 108 455 Legend: The Best Of... - Bob Marley And The Wailers - Tuff Gong/Island | UMe
102 60 13 6 Run The Jewels 3 - Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels
103 106 122 446 Journey's Greatest Hits - Journey - Columbia | Legacy
104 96 86 309 Doo-Wops & Hooligans - Bruno Mars - Elektra | AG
105 91 95 138 In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith - Capitol
106 ** 1 Red Sea Road - Ellie Holcomb - Full Heart
107 28 – 2 Fenix - Nicky Jam - La Industria | Sony Music Latin
108 97 98 34 Black - Dierks Bentley - Capitol Nashville | UMGN
109 95 96 70 Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap - RGF/300 | AG
110 108 113 416 Metallica - Metallica - Blackened | Warner Bros.
111 90 91 71 What A Time To Be Alive - Drake & Future - A-1/Freebandz/Young Money/Cash Money | Epic/Republic
112 103 115 176 Greatest Hits - 2Pac - Amaru/Death Row/Interscope | UMe
113 117 118 38 Lukas Graham - Lukas Graham - Warner Bros.
114 130 131 35 Hero - Maren Morris - Columbia Nashville | SMN
115 88 93 84 Make It Big - Wham! - Columbia | Legacy
116 84 67 6 White Friday (CM9) - Yo Gotti - Cocaine Muzik | Epic
117 85 66 7 Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' - Kid Cudi - Wicked Awesome | Republic
118 ** 1 Gods Of Violence - Kreator - Nuclear Blast
119 102 71 9 Blue & Lonesome - The Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones/Promotone B.V./Polydor/Interscope | IGA
120 99 99 27 Major Key - DJ Khaled - We The Best | Epic
121 123 65 183 The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson - Epic | Legacy
122 98 102 18 A Seat At The Table - Solange - Saint | Columbia
123 143 144 227 Night Visions - Imagine Dragons - KIDinaKORNER/Interscope | IGA
124 110 105 82 The Essential Billy Joel - Billy Joel - Columbia | Legacy
125 120 112 9 Kane Brown - Kane Brown - Zone 4/RCA Nashville | SMN
126 144 163 126 The Lumineers - The Lumineers - Dualtone
127 104 117 151 Trilogy - The Weeknd - XO | Republic
128 111 127 24 PARTYNEXTDOOR 3 (P3) - PARTYNEXTDOOR - OVO Sound | Warner Bros.
129 142 171 81 The First Time - Kelsea Ballerini - Black River
130 107 77 9 The Hamilton Mixtape - Various Artists - Hamilton Uptown/Atlantic | AG
131 118 133 67 Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits - Blake Shelton - Warner Bros. Nashville | WMN
132 105 100 14 DC4 - Meek Mill - Maybach/Atlantic | AG
133 RE 15 Revolution Radio - Green Day - Reprise | Warner Bros.
134 157 137 83 VHS - X Ambassadors - KIDinaKORNER/Interscope | IGA
135 113 123 94 Handwritten - Shawn Mendes - Island
136 135 142 261 Born To Die - Lana Del Rey - Polydor/Interscope | IGA
137 124 116 67 Storyteller - Carrie Underwood - 19/Arista Nashville | SMN
138 129 139 385 Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses - Geffen | UMe
139 127 134 117 Hozier - Hozier - Rubyworks | Columbia
140 114 120 51 Nine Track Mind - Charlie Puth - Artist Partners Group/Atlantic | AG
141 151 170 48 I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It - The 1975 - Dirty Hit/Interscope | IGA
142 177 177 348 Nevermind - Nirvana - Sub Pop/DGC/Geffen | UMe
143 ** 1 Ty Segall - Ty Segall - Drag City
144 119 153 95 Dark Sky Paradise - Big Sean - G.O.O.D. | Def Jam
145 126 130 107 SremmLife - Rae Sremmurd - Ear Drumner/Interscope | IGA
146 100 97 36 7/27 - Fifth Harmony - SYCO | Epic
147 128 121 7 This Is A Challenge - Various Artists - Atlantic | AG
148 125 136 48 EVOL - Future - A-1/Freebandz | Epic
149 ** 1 WOW Gospel 2017 - Various Artists - Motown Gospel/Word-Curb/RCA Inspiration | PLG
150 132 138 106 The Pinkprint - Nicki Minaj - Young Money/Cash Money | Republic
151 169 162 19 Fitz And The Tantrums - Fitz And The Tantrums - dangerbird/Elektra | AG
152 145 125 31 Skin - Flume - Future Classic | Mom + Pop
153 101 104 38 Thank You - Meghan Trainor - Epic
154 ** 1 NOW That's What I Call 90's Pop - Various Artists - Universal/Sony Music | Legacy
155 152 196 15 JEFFERY - Young Thug - 300/Atlantic | AG
156 158 158 264 Recovery - Eminem - Web/Shady/Aftermath/Interscope | IGA
157 153 147 258 1 - The Beatles - Apple/Capitol | UMe
158 149 161 104 Greatest Hits So Far... - Zac Brown Band - ROAR/Southern Ground/Atlantic | AG
159 139 124 197 + - Ed Sheeran - Elektra | AG
160 154 149 300 Chronicle The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fantasy | Concord
161 146 126 119 1989 - Taylor Swift - Big Machine | BMLG
162 150 151 160 The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem - Web/Shady/Aftermath/Interscope | IGA
163 134 141 7 Lil Big Pac - Kodak Black - Dollaz N Dealz
164 133 143 9 TBA (EP) - A Boogie Wit da Hoodie - Highbridge The Label | AG
165 165 145 61 A Head Full Of Dreams - Coldplay - Parlophone/Atlantic | AG
166 171 178 140 I Am...Sasha Fierce - Beyonce - Music World | Columbia
167 121 109 15 Sit Still, Look Pretty - Daya - Artbeatz
168 138 129 157 Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars - Atlantic | AG
169 180 184 93 To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar - Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope | IGA
170 148 146 117 Because The Internet - Childish Gambino - Glassnote
171 155 157 129 These Things Happen - G-Eazy - G-Eazy/RVG/BPG | RCA
172 RE 30 This Is Not A Test - tobyMac - ForeFront | Capitol CMG
173 184 – 284 Thriller - Michael Jackson - Epic | Legacy
174 115 90 12 We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest - Epic
175 156 152 201 Abbey Road - The Beatles - Apple/Capitol | UMe
176 163 156 88 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West - Roc-A-Fella | Def Jam
177 161 166 94 Born Sinner - J. Cole - Roc Nation | Columbia
178 131 128 95 Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! - Panic! At The Disco - Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen | AG
179 172 175 131 Greatest Hits 1970-2002 - Elton John - Rocket/UTV | UMe
180 162 165 56 Late Nights: The Album - Jeremih - Mick Schultz | Def Jam
181 176 186 38 You Should Be Here - Cole Swindell - Warner Bros. Nashville | WMN
182 179 135 4 NOW That's What I Call A Workout 2017 - Various Artists - Sony Music/Universal | UMe
183 193 187 93 American Beauty / American Psycho - Fall Out Boy - DCD2 | Island
184 178 181 208 Here's To The Good Times - Florida Georgia Line - BMLG
185 174 164 115 Greatest Hits - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Warner Bros.
186 170 169 111 Graduation - Kanye West - Roc-A-Fella | Def Jam
187 167 176 109 Greatest Hits: Decade #1 - Carrie Underwood - 19/Arista Nashville | SMN
188 185 189 177 Crash My Party - Luke Bryan - Capitol Nashville | UMGN
189 166 167 66 Revival - Selena Gomez - Interscope | IGA
190 164 148 11 4Ever - Prince - NPG | Warner Bros.
191 168 168 20 I Told You - Tory Lanez - Mad Love/Interscope | IGA
192 RE 8 Legacy - David Bowie - ISO/Columbia | Legacy
193 ** 1 Chain Breaker - Zach Williams - Essential | PLG
194 183 173 14 Cosmic Hallelujah - Kenny Chesney - Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville | SMN
195 RE 86 Chaos And The Calm - James Bay - Republic
196 196 – 46 I'm Comin' Over - Chris Young - RCA Nashville | SMN
197 141 132 127 The Ultimate Hits - Garth Brooks - Pearl
198 189 – 4 Lifelines - I Prevail - Fearless | Concord
199 RE 3 Let There Be Light - Hillsong Worship - Hillsong/Sparrow | Capitol CMG
200 175 172 101 Title - Meghan Trainor - Epic
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Migos Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Culture'

Hip-hop trio Migos scores its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the arrival of Culture. The set — which was led by the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single “Bad and Boujee,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert — launches atop the list with 131,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 2, according to Nielsen Music. Culture, Migos’ second album, was released on Jan. 27 through Quality Control/300 Entertainment.

The act had previously peaked as high as No. 17 on the Billboard 200 with its debut set, Yung Rich Nation, in August 2015.

Culture’s debut was driven by streams of its songs, as streaming equivalent album units accounted for 59 percent of the set’s first-week total (77,000 of 131,000). The album sold 44,000 in traditional album sales and earned 10,000 in track equivalent album units. It also arrives as Migos' first No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums charts.

Migos leads a busy top 10, as five albums debut in the region. That’s the most new arrivals in the top 10 since the Dec. 24, 2016-dated list, when five titles also bowed in the top 10.

Brantley Gilbert’s The Devil Don’t Sleep debuts at No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, with 77,000 units earned in its first week (66,000 from traditional album sales — it’s also the top selling album of the week). It’s the third top five-charting effort for the country singer, following Just as I Am (No. 2 in 2014) and Halfway to Heaven (No. 4 in 2011).

The Devil Don’t Sleep is the highest-charting country title on the Billboard 200 since the Nov. 19, 2016-dated tally, when Kenny Chesney’s Cosmic Hallelujah debuted and peaked at No. 2. Gilbert’s new album also starts at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, securing the artist his second leader on that list, after Just as I Am.

Back on the Billboard 200 chart, singer/songwriter Kehlani bows at No. 3 with her debut studio effort ,SweetSexySavage, earning 58,000 units (32,000 in traditional album sales). It follows her No. 36-peaking mixtape You Should Be Here, which was released in 2015 and earned a Grammy Award nomination for best urban contemporary album.

SweetSexySavage scored a top 40-charting single on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart last November, with “CRZY,” which peaked at No. 34.

The Weeknd’s Starboy slips from No. 1 to No. 4 on the new Billboard 200 with 51,000 units (down 10 percent).

The Now 61 compilation album starts at No. 5 with 37,000 units (all from traditional album sales). The long-running series has seen all 61 of its main (numbered) albums reach the top 10.

The soundtrack to La La Land is pushed down three slots to No. 6, though it boasts a 15 percent gain, rising to 36,000 units earned in the week. The album scored a 27 percent increase in sales (climbing to 25,000 copies sold), thanks in part to a surge in vinyl LP sales for the set (5,000; up 453 percent). The title became widely available on black vinyl on Jan. 27 after a limited release on blue vinyl.

Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic falls 4-7 with 31,000 units earned (though it’s up two percent).

Train rolls in at No. 8 with its sixth top 10-charting album, A Girl a Bottle a Boat, starting with 30,000 units earned (23,000 in traditional album sales). The band recently notched its 14th top 10 hit on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart with the album’s “Play That Song.”

Train previously hit the top 10 on the Billboard 200 with Bulletproof Picasso (No. 5 in 2014), California 37 (No. 4, 2012), For Me, It’s You (No. 10, 2006), My Private Nation (No. 6, 2003) and Drops of Jupiter (No. 6, 2001).

Rounding out the new top 10 are Post Malone’s Stoney (7-9 with a little more than 27,000 units; up five percent) and the soundtrack to Moana (6-10 with 27,000 units; down less than one percent).
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New Edition's Back in the Top 40 After More Than a Decade
2/10/2017 by Keith Caulfield

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Feb. 18), Migos’ Culture arrived atop the chart, scoring the first No. 1 for the hip-hop trio. The set earned 131,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 2, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 44,000 were in traditional album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the latest Billboard 200 chart:

— New Edition, All the Number Ones - No. 37 — Following New Edition’s well-received BET biographical mini-series (Jan. 24-26) The New Edition Story, the group returns to the top 40 of the Billboard 200 for the first time in more than 10 years.

The vocal group’s hits compilation All the Number Ones, released in 2000, debuts at No. 37 on the tally, earning 12,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 2, according to Nielsen Music. The set boasts not just New Edition hits, but also solo smashes from the group’s individual members and spin-off trio Bell Biv DeVoe.

New Edition was last in the top 40 back in 2004 with One Love (debuting and peaking at No. 12). The act also rises 195-85 with its 1988 album Heartbreak (7,000 units; up 79 percent).

According to BET, the three-part movie collected 29 million total viewers through Jan. 30, counting premiere telecasts and encores, across BET and Centric.

Those viewers translated into big music gains, as New Edition sold 20,000 albums in the two weeks ending Feb. 2 — up 1,345 percent compared to the two weeks ending Jan. 19 (a little more than 1,000). Further, the act sold 87,000 song downloads in the Jan. 20-Feb. 2 span (up 1,460 percent) and generated 34.95 million on-demand streams (up 652 percent).

In related New Edition news, Bell Biv DeVoe also capitalizes on the mini-series: the trio’s first album in 15 years, Three Stripes, bows at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 after its release on Jan. 27. They last debuted on the tally with 1993’s Hootie Mack (No. 19).

— Various Artists, Now 61 & Now That’s What I Call 90’s Pop - Nos. 5 & 154
— The Now That’s What I Call Music brand continues to find success on the Billboard 200, as the series notches its 125th and 126th charting titles with the arrivals of Now 61 (No. 5) and Now That’s What I Call 90’s Pop (No. 154).

The former title starts with 37,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 2 (all from traditional album sales), according to Nielsen Music. The 90’s Pop title launches with 5,000 units (again, all from sales).

All 61 of the main, numbered Now albums have reached the top 10, and volumes 2-61 have all debuted in the region.

Remarkably, since the first Now album debuted on the list dated Nov. 14, 1998, Now-branded albums account for 11.2 percent of all various artists titles that have reached the list (1,127 in all). Also something for Now to crow about: since the first Now compilation hit the top 10 (on Jan. 23, 1999), the franchise totals 54 percent of the various artist titles that have visited the top 10.

Back in the golden days of the Now series, in the 2000s, the line was regularly topping the chart with titles selling in excess of 200,000 copies in a single week. While Now albums don’t sell anything near that amount in 2017, they are one of the few bright spots on the compilation landscape. In the past year, the only titles to move more than 20,000 in a week have been Now titles (Now 57-61), The Hamilton Mixtape, and the 2016 Grammy Nominees effort.

— Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway - No. 33 — The band’s latest album release re-enters the chart at No. 33 with a 251 percent gain in units (and a 427 percent jump in sales) thanks to a concert ticket/album sale promotion.

— Beyoncé, Beyoncé - No. 100 — News of Beyoncé’s pregnancy (on Feb. 1 she announced, via Instagram, that she’s expecting twins with husband Jay Z) perhaps urges gains for some of her albums on the chart: Beyoncé was up 20 percent in units (climbing 122-100) and I Am…Sasha Fierce gains 6 percent (moving 171-166).
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