Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever stands at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a third straight week. The set earned 60,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 19 (down 29%), according to MRC Data. The album opened atop the list two weeks ago.
It’s the second album of 2021 to spend its first three weeks at No. 1 (following Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album) and the first set by a woman to do so since Taylor Swift’s Folklore spent its first six weeks atop the list on the Aug. 8-Sept. 19, 2020 charts (of its eventual eight total nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1).
Happier now has as many weeks atop the chart as Eilish’s last album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The latter logged three individual nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, in 2019 (April 13-dated chart, its debut; May 4 and June 8).
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise 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 Aug. 28, 2021-dated chart (where Happier Than Ever is No. 1 for a third week) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Aug. 24. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Of Happier Than Ever’s 60,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending Aug. 19, SEA units comprise 36,000 (down 25%, equaling 49.6 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), album sales comprise 23,000 (it’s the top-selling album of the week; down 35%) and TEA units comprise less than 1,000 (down 27%).
Notably, Happier’s third-week sum of 60,000 units is the lowest for a No. 1 album since the Jan. 16-dated chart (reflecting the traditionally sleepy post-New Year’s tracking week ending Jan. 7), when Taylor Swift’s Evermore spent its third nonconsecutive week at No. 1 with 56,000 units.
Doja Cat’s Planet Her rises 5-2 with 59,000 equivalent album units (up 6%). The set has remained in the top five for all of its eight chart weeks. It returns to its peak, first achieved when it debuted at No. 2 on the July 10-dated chart.
Three former No. 1s are next up on the Billboard 200, as Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour slips 2-3 (57,000 equivalent album units; down 6%), The Kid LAROI’s F*ck Love is a non-mover at No. 4 (52,000; down 7%) and Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album rises 6-5 (43,000; down 3%).
Dan + Shay arrive at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with the duo’s latest studio album, Good Things. It’s the fourth consecutive top 10 for the act – the entirety of their charting efforts. Good Things bows with 33,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, SEA units comprise 19,000 (equaling 25.6 million on-demand streams of the set’s songs), album sales comprise 12,000 and TEA units comprise 1,000.
Good Things contains a trio of top 10-charting hits on the Hot Country Songs chart: “10,000 Hours” (No. 1 for 21 weeks), with Justin Bieber; “I Should Probably Go to Bed” (No. 4) and “Glad You Exist” (No. 2 as of the most recently published chart dated Aug. 21). Both “10,000 Hours” and “Glad” also topped the weekly Country Airplay chart, while “I Should” topped out at No. 2.
Dan + Shay previously visited the top 10 on the Billboard 200 with their self-titled album (No. 6 in 2018), Obsessed (No. 8, 2016) and Where It All Began (No. 6, 2014).
Rap duo $uicideboy$ logs the act’s second top 10 and highest charting album, as Long Term Effects of Suffering starts at No. 7 with 32,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, SEA units comprise 26,000 (equaling 36.5 million on-demand streams of the album’s tracks), album sales comprise 6,000 and TEA units comprise a negligible sum. Long Term is the pair’s third charting effort, following Stop Staring at the Shadows (No. 30 in 2020) and I Want to Die in New Orleans (No. 9, 2018).
The Killers capture their seventh top 10 effort as their seventh studio album, Pressure Machine, debuts at No. 9 with 26,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, album sales comprise 22,000, SEA units comprise 4,000 (equaling 5 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks) and TEA units comprise a negligible sum. All seven of the band’s studio albums have reached the top 10.
Pressure Machine was announced on July 19 and comes slightly less than a year after the band’s last studio effort, Imploding the Mirage, debuted and peaked at No. 9 on the Sept. 5, 2020-dated chart. (Pressure was released on Aug. 13, 2021; Imploding was released on Aug. 21, 2020.)
Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia rounds out the Billboard 200’s top 10, as the set moves 9-10 with 26,000 equivalent album units earned (down 4%).
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