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The Billboard 200
Billboard 200
is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart is based mostly on sales (both at retail and digital) of albums in the United States. The weekly sales period was originally Monday to Sunday when Nielsen started tracking sales in 1991, but since July 2015, tracking week begins on Friday (to coincide with the Global Release Date of the music industry) and ends on Thursday. A new chart is published the following Tuesday with an issue post-dated to the Saturday of that week, four days later.[1] The chart's streaming schedule is also tracked from Friday to Thursday.[2]

Example:

Friday January 1 – sales tracking week begins Thursday January 7 – sales tracking week ends Tuesday January 12 – new chart published, with issue date of Saturday January 16.

New product is released to the American market on Fridays. Digital downloads of albums are also included in Billboard 200
Billboard 200
tabulation. Albums that are not licensed for retail sale in the United States
United States
(yet purchased in the U.S. as imports) are not eligible to chart. A long-standing policy which made titles that are sold exclusively by specific retail outlets (such as Walmart
Walmart
and Starbucks) ineligible for charting, was reversed on November 7, 2007, and took effect in the issue dated November 17.[3] Beginning with the December 13, 2014 issue, Billboard updated the methodology of their album chart to also include on-demand streaming and digital track sales (as measured by Nielsen SoundScan) by way of a new algorithm, utilizing data from all of the major on-demand audio subscription and online music sales services in the United States.[4] As of the issue dated April 7, 2018, the number-one album on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
is Boarding House Reach
Boarding House Reach
by Jack White.[5]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Catalog albums 1.2 Holiday albums 1.3 Incorporation of streaming data and track sales

2 Nielsen SoundScan 3 Year-end charts 4 Uses 5 All-Time Billboard 200
Billboard 200
achievements (1963–2015)

5.1 Top 10 albums of All-Time (1963–2015) 5.2 Top 10 albums artists of All-Time (1963–2015) 5.3 Artists with the most albums on Billboard's Top 200 Albums of All-Time (1963–2015)

6 Artist milestones

6.1 Most top-ten albums 6.2 Most number-one albums 6.3 Most consecutive number-one studio albums 6.4 Most consecutive studio albums to debut at number-one 6.5 Most cumulative weeks at number one 6.6 Most albums in the top 10 simultaneously 6.7 Most albums in the Top 200 simultaneously

7 Album
Album
milestones

7.1 Most weeks at number one 7.2 Most weeks on the chart 7.3 Largest jumps to number one 7.4 Largest drops from number one 7.5 Longest climbs to number one in the SoundScan era

8 Additional milestones 9 See also 10 Sources 11 References 12 External links

History Billboard began an album chart in 1945. Initially only five positions long, the album chart was not published on a weekly basis, sometimes three to seven weeks passing before it was updated. A biweekly (though with a few gaps), 15-position Best-Selling Popular Albums chart appeared in 1955. With the increase in album sales as the early 1950s format wars stabilized into market dominance by 45 RPM singles and long-playing twelve-inch albums, with 78 RPM record and long-playing ten-inch album sales decreasing dramatically, Billboard premiered a weekly Best-Selling Popular Albums chart on March 24, 1956. The position count varied anywhere from 10 to 30 albums. The first number-one album on the new weekly list was Belafonte by Harry Belafonte. The chart was renamed to Best-Selling Pop Albums later in 1956, and then to Best-Selling Pop LPs in 1957. Beginning on May 25, 1959, Billboard split the ranking into two charts Best-Selling Stereophonic LPs for stereo albums (30 positions) and Best-Selling Monophonic LPs for mono albums (50 positions). These were renamed to Stereo Action Charts (30 positions) and Mono Action Charts (40 positions) in 1960. In January 1961, they became Action Albums—Stereophonic (15 positions) and Action Albums—Monophonic (25 positions). Three months later, they became Top LPs—Stereo (50 positions) and Top LPs— Monaural
Monaural
(150 positions). On August 17, 1963 the stereo and mono charts were combined into a 150-position chart called Top LPs. On April 1, 1967, the chart was expanded to 175 positions, then finally to 200 positions on May 13, 1967. In February 1972, the album chart's title was changed to Top LPs & Tape; in 1984, it was retitled Top 200 Albums; in 1985, it was retitled again to Top Pop Albums; in 1991, it became The Billboard 200 Top Albums; and it was given its current title of The Billboard 200
Billboard 200
on March 14, 1992. Catalog albums In 1960, Billboard began concurrently publishing album charts which ranked sales of older or mid-priced titles. These Essential Inventory charts were divided by stereo and mono albums, and featured titles that had already appeared on the main stereo and mono album charts. Mono albums were moved to the Essential Inventory—Mono chart (25 positions) after spending 40 weeks on the Mono Action Chart, and stereo albums were moved to the Essential Inventory—Stereo chart (20 positions) after 20 weeks on the Stereo Action Chart. In January 1961, the Action Charts became Action Albums—Monophonic (24 positions), and Action Albums—Stereophonic (15 positions). Albums appeared on either chart for up to nine weeks, then were moved to an Essential Inventory list of approximately 200 titles, with no numerical ranking. This list continued to be published until the consolidated Top LPs chart debuted in 1963. In 1982, Billboard began publishing a Midline Albums chart (alternatively titled Midline LPs) which ranked older or mid-priced titles. The chart held 50 positions and was published on a bi-weekly (and later tri-weekly) basis. On May 25, 1991, Billboard premiered the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart. The criteria for this chart were albums that were more than 18 months old and had fallen below position 100 on the Billboard 200.[6] An album needed not have charted on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
at all to qualify for catalog status. Starting with the issue dated December 5, 2009, however, the catalog limitations which removed albums over 18 months old, that have dropped below position 100 and have no currently-running single, from the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
was lifted, turning the chart into an all-inclusive list of the 200 highest-selling albums in the country (essentially changing Top Comprehensive Albums into the Billboard 200). A new chart that keeps the previous criteria for the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
(dubbed Top Current Albums) was also introduced in the same issue.[7] Holiday albums Billboard has adjusted its policies for Christmas[8] and holiday[8] albums several times. The albums were eligible for the main album charts until 1963, when a Christmas Albums list was created. Albums appearing here were not listed on the Top LPs chart. In 1974, this rule was reverted and holiday albums again appeared within the main list. In 1983, the Christmas Albums chart was resurrected, but a title's appearance here did not disqualify it from appearing on the Top Pop Albums chart. In 1994 the chart was retitled Top Holiday Albums. As of 2009 the chart holds 50 positions and is run for several weeks during the end-of-calendar-year holiday season. Its current policy allows holiday albums to concurrently chart on the Top Holiday Albums list and the Billboard 200. Incorporation of streaming data and track sales See also: album-equivalent unit Beginning with the December 13, 2014 issue, Billboard updated the methodology of its album chart again, changing from a "pure sales-based ranking" to one measuring "multi-metric consumption".[4] With this overhaul, the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
includes on-demand streaming and digital track sales (as measured by Nielsen SoundScan) by way of a new algorithm, utilizing data from all of the major on-demand audio subscription services including Spotify, Beats Music, Google Play
Google Play
and Xbox Music. Under the new methodology, ten track sales or 1,500 song streams from an album are treated as equivalent to one purchase of the album. Billboard will continue to publish a pure album sales chart, called Top Album
Album
Sales, that maintains the traditional Billboard 200 methodology, based exclusively on SoundScan's sales data.[4] Nielsen SoundScan Since May 25, 1991, the Billboard 200's positions have been derived from Nielsen SoundScan sales data, as of 2008[update] contributed by approximately 14,000 music sellers. Because these numbers are supplied by a subset of sellers rather than record labels, it is common for these numbers to be substantially lower than those reported by the Recording Industry Association of America when Gold, Platinum and Diamond album awards are announced (RIAA awards reflect wholesale shipments, not retail sales). Year-end charts Billboard's "chart year" runs from the first week of December to the final week in November. This altered calendar allows for Billboard to calculate year-end charts and release them in time for its final print issue in the last week of December. Prior to Nielsen SoundScan, year-end charts were calculated by an inverse-point system based solely on an album's performance on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
(for example, an album would be given one point for a week spent at position 200, two points for a week spent at position 199... up to 200 points for each week spent at number one). Other factors including the total weeks on the chart and at its peak position were calculated into an album's year-end total. After Billboard began obtaining sales information from Nielsen SoundScan, the year-end charts are now calculated by a very straightforward cumulative total of yearlong sales. This gives a more accurate picture of any given year's best-selling albums, as a title that hypothetically spent nine weeks at number one in March could possibly have sold fewer copies than one spending six weeks at number three in January. Interestingly, albums at the peak of their popularity at the time of the November/December chart-year cutoff many times end up ranked lower than one would expect on a year-end tally, yet are ranked on the following year's chart as well, as their cumulative points are split between the two chart-years. Uses The Billboard 200
Billboard 200
can be helpful to radio stations as an indication of the types of music listeners are interested in hearing. Retailers
Retailers
can also find it useful as a way to determine which recordings should be given the most prominent display in a store. Other outlets, such as airline music services, also employ the Billboard charts to determine their programming.

All-Time Billboard 200
Billboard 200
achievements (1963–2015) In 2015, Billboard magazine compiled a ranking of the 100 best-performing albums on the chart over the 52 years, along with the best-performing artists.[9] Shown below are the top 10 albums and top 10 artists over the 52-year period of the Billboard 200, through October 2015. Also shown are the artists placing the most albums on the overall "all-time" top 100 album list. Top 10 albums of All-Time (1963–2015)

Rank Album Year released Artist(s) Peak and duration

1 21

2011

Adele #1 for 24 weeks

2 The Sound of Music

1965

Soundtrack #1 for 2 weeks

3 Thriller

1983

Michael Jackson #1 for 37 weeks

4 Fearless

2008

Taylor Swift #1 for 11 weeks

5 Born in the U.S.A.

1984

Bruce Springsteen #1 for 7 weeks

6 Ropin' the Wind

1991

Garth Brooks #1 for 18 weeks

7 Jagged Little Pill

1995

Alanis Morissette #1 for 12 weeks

8 Doctor Zhivago

1966

Soundtrack #1 for 1 week

9 All the Right Reasons

2005

Nickelback #1 for 1 week

10 Tapestry

1971

Carole King #1 for 15 weeks

Source:[10] Top 10 albums artists of All-Time (1963–2015)

Rank Artist

1 The Beatles

2 The Rolling Stones

3 Barbra Streisand

4 Garth Brooks

5 Elton John

6 Mariah Carey

7 Herb Alpert

8 Taylor Swift

9 Chicago

10 Michael Jackson

Source:[11] Artists with the most albums on Billboard's Top 200 Albums of All-Time (1963–2015)

Number of albums Artist Albums (ranking)

5

The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
(54), A Hard Day's Night (105), 1 (131), Abbey Road
Abbey Road
(135), Meet the Beatles!
Meet the Beatles!
(187)

4

Taylor Swift Fearless (4), Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
(18), 1989 (64), Red (140)

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
II (146), Houses of the Holy
Houses of the Holy
(185), Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
IV (194), In Through the Out Door
In Through the Out Door
(198)

3

Michael Jackson Thriller (3), Bad (138), Off the Wall (149)

Nickelback All the Right Reasons
All the Right Reasons
(9), Silver Side Up
Silver Side Up
(162), Dark Horse (182)

Whitney Houston Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(11), The Bodyguard (23), Whitney (159)

Herb Alpert Whipped Cream & Other Delights (13), Going Places (44), What Now My Love (170)

Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
(39), Honky Château
Honky Château
(145), Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (175)

Mariah Carey Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
(50), The Emancipation of Mimi
The Emancipation of Mimi
(52), Music Box (87)

Janet Jackson Control (72), Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
(94), Janet (119)

2

Garth Brooks Ropin' the Wind
Ropin' the Wind
(6), No Fences
No Fences
(29)

Fleetwood Mac Rumours (15), Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
(74)

Celine Dion Falling into You
Falling into You
(21), Let's Talk About Love
Let's Talk About Love
(164)

Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
The Dark Side of the Moon
(31), The Wall
The Wall
(92)

Creed Human Clay
Human Clay
(34), Weathered
Weathered
(181)

Santana Supernatural (36), Abraxas (114)

Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys
(42), Millennium (70)

Eminem The Eminem
Eminem
Show (56), Recovery (93)

Boyz II Men II (61), Cooleyhighharmony
Cooleyhighharmony
(129)

Green Day American Idiot
American Idiot
(73), Dookie
Dookie
(172)

Nelly Country Grammar
Country Grammar
(85), Nellyville
Nellyville
(174)

John Denver John Denver's Greatest Hits
John Denver's Greatest Hits
(86), Back Home Again (193)

Chicago Chicago II (89), Chicago V (165)

The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D
The E.N.D
(96), Monkey Business (134)

Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
FutureSex/LoveSounds
(97), The 20/20 Experience
The 20/20 Experience
(200)

Mumford & Sons Sigh No More (106), Babel (116)

Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor
Songs in A Minor
(107), As I Am (128)

NSYNC No Strings Attached (111), NSYNC
NSYNC
(137)

The Monkees The Monkees
The Monkees
(132), More of the Monkees
More of the Monkees
(156)

Eagles The Long Run (148), One of These Nights
One of These Nights
(155)

Billy Joel Glass Houses
Glass Houses
(168), 52nd Street (191)

Source:[10] Artist milestones Most top-ten albums The following acts are the only ones with 30 or more top-ten albums:[12]

The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
(37) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(34) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(32) (tie) The Beatles
The Beatles
(32) (tie)

Most number-one albums Source:[13][14]

The Beatles
The Beatles
(19) Jay-Z
Jay-Z
(14) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(11) (tie) Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
(11) (tie) Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
(10)

Most consecutive number-one studio albums Source:[15][16]

The Beatles
The Beatles
(8) (tie) The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
(8) (tie) Eminem
Eminem
(8) (tie) Elton John
Elton John
(7) (tie) Kanye West
Kanye West
(7) (tie)

Most consecutive studio albums to debut at number-one Source:[17] [18] [19]

Eminem
Eminem
(7) Kanye West
Kanye West
(6) (tie) Metallica
Metallica
(6) (tie) Beyoncé
Beyoncé
(6) (tie) Dave Matthews Band
Dave Matthews Band
(6) (tie)

Most cumulative weeks at number one List of the ten acts with the most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since Aug. 17, 1963. Sources:[20][21]

The Beatles
The Beatles
(132) Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks
(52) Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(51) Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(46) Elton John
Elton John
(39) (tie) Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
(39) (tie) Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
(38) (tie) The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
(38) (tie) The Monkees
The Monkees
(37) Prince
Prince
(34) (tie) Adele
Adele
(34) (tie)

Most albums in the top 10 simultaneously

Prince
Prince
(5) 2016[22] The Kingston Trio
The Kingston Trio
(4 for 5 consecutive weeks) 1959 [23][24][25][26][27] Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert
& the Tijuana Brass (4) 1966[28] Peter, Paul & Mary (3) 1963[29] Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(3) 2012[30] Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
(3) 2014[31]

Most albums in the Top 200 simultaneously

Prince
Prince
(19) 2016[22] The Beatles
The Beatles
(13) 2014[32] Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(10) 2012[32] David Bowie
David Bowie
(10) 2016[32] Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
(9) 1979[33] Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (8) 1971[34] Linkin Park
Linkin Park
(8) 2017[35] The Monkees
The Monkees
(7) 1986[36] Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam
(7) 2001[37]

Album
Album
milestones Most weeks at number one Source:[38]

(54 weeks) West Side Story – Soundtrack (1962–63) - this is its run on the stereo album chart; it was only number one for twelve weeks on the mono album chart (37 weeks) Thriller – Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1983–84) (31 weeks) Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
(1977–78) (31 weeks) South Pacific – Soundtrack (1958–59) (31 weeks) Calypso – Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte
(1956–57) (24 weeks) 21 – Adele
Adele
(2011–12) (24 weeks) Purple Rain – Prince
Prince
and the Revolution/Soundtrack (1984–85) (24 weeks) Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track – Bee Gees/Soundtrack (1978) (21 weeks) Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em
Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em
MC Hammer
MC Hammer
(1990) (20 weeks) The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album
Album
– Whitney Houston/Soundtrack (1992–93) (20 weeks) Blue Hawaii – Elvis Presley/Soundtrack (1961–62) - this is its run on the mono album chart; it was only number one for four weeks on the stereo album chart

Most weeks on the chart

Note that totals are for the main albums chart only, catalog chart totals are not factored in.

(937 weeks) The Dark Side of the Moon
The Dark Side of the Moon
– Pink Floyd[39] (515 weeks) Legend – Bob Marley
Bob Marley
and the Wailers[40] (505 weeks) Journey's Greatest Hits – Journey[41] (490 weeks) Johnny's Greatest Hits
Johnny's Greatest Hits
– Johnny Mathis[42] (480 weeks) My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady
– Original Cast Recording[42] (476 weeks) Metallica
Metallica
– Metallica[43] (433 weeks) Greatest Hits – Guns N' Roses[44] (392 weeks) Nevermind
Nevermind
– Nirvana[45] (386 weeks) Curtain Call: The Hits – Eminem[46] (370 weeks) 21 – Adele[47] (368 weeks) Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars[48] (360 weeks) Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits – Creedence Clearwater Revival[49] (350 weeks) The Eminem
Eminem
Show – Eminem[50] (331 weeks) Highlights from the Phantom of the Opera – Original Cast Recording[42] (327 weeks) Thriller – Michael Jackson[51] (318 weeks) Tapestry – Carole King[52] (311 weeks) Born to Die
Born to Die
– Lana Del Rey[53] (310 weeks) 1 – The Beatles[54] (309 weeks) Recovery – Eminem[55] (306 weeks) Back in Black
Back in Black
– AC/DC[56]

Largest jumps to number one

(176–1) Life After Death
Life After Death
– The Notorious B.I.G.[57] (April 12, 1997) (173–1) Vitalogy
Vitalogy
– Pearl Jam[58] (December 24, 1994) (156–1) In Rainbows
In Rainbows
– Radiohead[59] (January 19, 2008) (137–1) Ghetto D
Ghetto D
– Master P[60] (September 20, 1997) (122–1) More of The Monkees
The Monkees
– The Monkees[61] (February 11, 1967) (112–1) MP da Last Don – Master P[62] (June 20, 1998) (98–1) Beatles '65
Beatles '65
– The Beatles[63] (January 9, 1965) (61–1) Help! – The Beatles[64] (September 11, 1965) (60–1) Rubber Soul
Rubber Soul
– The Beatles[65] (January 8, 1966) (53–1) Ballad of the Green Berets – Barry Sadler[66] (March 12, 1966)

Largest drops from number one

(1–169) This House Is Not for Sale
This House Is Not for Sale
– Bon Jovi[67] (March 17, 2018) (1–97) Science Fiction – Brand New[68] (September 16, 2017) (1–59) Wonderful Wonderful – The Killers[69] (October 21, 2017) (1–56) American Dream – LCD Soundsystem[70] (September 30, 2017) (1–43) This House Is Not for Sale
This House Is Not for Sale
– Bon Jovi[71] (December 3, 2016) (1–41) A Pentatonix Christmas
A Pentatonix Christmas
– Pentatonix[72] (January 21, 2017) (1–38) Everything Now
Everything Now
– Arcade Fire[73] (August 26, 2017) (1–37) Light Grenades
Light Grenades
– Incubus[74] (December 23, 2006) (1–30) One More Light
One More Light
– Linkin Park[75] (June 17, 2017); Mania – Fall Out Boy[76] (February 10, 2018)

Longest climbs to number one in the SoundScan era

Weeks to No. 1 Artist Album Date Reached No. 1

63 Various O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack March 23, 2002

52 Live Throwing Copper May 6, 1995

49 No Doubt Tragic Kingdom Dec. 21, 1996

46 Norah Jones Come Away with Me Jan. 25, 2003

44 Hootie & The Blowfish Cracked Rear View May 27, 1995

40 Prince The Very Best of Prince May 7, 2016

31 Toni Braxton Toni Braxton Feb. 26, 1994

28 Celine Dion Falling into You Oct. 5, 1996

27 Eric Clapton Unplugged March 13, 1993

26 Shaggy Hotshot Feb. 17, 2001

Source:[77] Additional milestones

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Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
is the only artist to have number 1 albums in 6 decades. Her first was the 1964 album People and her most recent was the 2016 album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, with a few weeks shy of 52 years between the two hitting number 1.[78] The first album to debut at number one was Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John.[79] John repeated the same feat with the album Rock of the Westies
Rock of the Westies
– the second album to debut at number one – making John the first artist to have two consecutive studio albums debut at number one.[79] Whitney Houston's second album Whitney was the first album by a female artist to debut at number one.[80] In the early 1960s, Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
had the accomplishment of having the number-one and number-two albums simultaneously on the Billboard albums chart, with The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
and The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back! This feat was equaled by The Beatles multiple times. They did this twice in 1964 with Meet The Beatles!
Meet The Beatles!
and Introducing... The Beatles, and then with A Hard Day's Night and Something New, followed in 1969 with the album The Beatles
The Beatles
(commonly known as The White Album) and the soundtrack for the film Yellow Submarine. In 1991, Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses
held the top two with Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, in 2004, Nelly's Suit and Sweat and in 2017, Future's Future and HNDRXX.[81] As a musician, Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
has the most number-one albums, with 25. This includes 19 albums from his work with The Beatles
The Beatles
(referenced earlier in this article), 2 solo albums, and 4 albums as a part of his 1970s group Wings.[82][83] John Lennon
John Lennon
is in second place with 22, including 19 albums with The Beatles, 2 solo albums, and 1 album credited to him and his wife Yoko Ono.[84] George Harrison
George Harrison
had 19 number-one albums with The Beatles
The Beatles
and 2 as a solo artist.[85] McCartney also has the most top 10 albums, with 50. This includes 32 with The Beatles
The Beatles
(referenced earlier in this article), 7 albums with the group Wings, 1 album credited to him and his first wife Linda McCartney, and 10 solo albums.[82][83] The Sound of Music set the record of 109 consecutive weeks in the top 10 from May 1, 1965 to July 16, 1966, but only spent 2 weeks at number one on the Billboard 200.[86] As of 2008, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon
The Dark Side of the Moon
has been on the charts for over 1,630 weeks, or approximately 31 years. The album spent a record 937 weeks on the Billboard 200. The other weeks were spent on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart. Its closest rival is Bob Marley's Legend, checking in at over 975 weeks ( Billboard 200
Billboard 200
and Top Pop Catalog Albums combined).[citation needed] Tapestry by Carole King
Carole King
holds the record for most consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
for any one album by a female solo artist with 15 weeks.[87] Forever Your Girl
Forever Your Girl
by Paula Abdul
Paula Abdul
spent 64 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
before hitting number one, making it the longest time for an album to reach the number-one spot[88], while the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou took 63 weeks to reach number one in 2001 making it the longest run since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales.[77] The only EPs to reach number one on the chart are Alice in Chains's Jar of Flies
Jar of Flies
in 1994, Linkin Park
Linkin Park
and Jay-Z's collaboration EP, Collision Course in 2004, the cast of the television series Glee
Glee
with Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna and Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals in 2010, and Bad Meets Evil's Hell: The Sequel.[citation needed] The Monkees
The Monkees
are the only band to have had four number-one albums in the same year.[89] Elvis Presley,[90] The Kingston Trio,[91] The Beatles, and the cast of the television series Glee
Glee
had three different albums hit number one in the same year. Fourteen artists have had two different albums hit number one in the same year: The Kingston Trio in 1959,[91][92] Beyoncé, Led Zeppelin, DMX, Jay-Z, Garth Brooks, 2Pac, System of a Down, Eminem, Susan Boyle, One Direction, Justin Timberlake, Drake and Future. Prince
Prince
is the only artist to have five albums simultaneously in the top ten, which occurred for a week in May 2016.[22] The Kingston Trio
The Kingston Trio
had four albums simultaneously in the top ten, which occurred for five consecutive weeks in November and December 1959.[23][24][25][26][27][93][94] Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert
and The Tijuana Brass matched this with four albums in the Top Ten in April 1966.[95] In 2001, Britney Spears
Britney Spears
became the first female artist in the chart's history to have her first three albums debut at number one. She broke this record two years later with a fourth number-one debut.[96] With the number-one debut of her Circus album in 2008, Spears also became the youngest female artist in history to have five number-one albums.[97] She later beat the record when her 7th studio album, Femme Fatale debuted at number one on April, 2011. The first UK solo artist to debut at number one with a debut album is Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis
on April 26, 2008 with the album Spirit.[98] The first UK group to debut at number one with a debut album is One Direction
One Direction
on March 31, 2012 with the album Up All Night.[99] Oldest male to debut at number one: Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
on October 8, 2011 (85 years, 66 days old) with the album Duets II. He was born August 3, 1926. Later, he surpassed his own record when his collaborative album with Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek debuted at number one on October 11, 2014 (88 years, 69 days old).[100] Oldest female to debut at number one: Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
on September 17, 2016 (74 years, 146 days old) with the album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. She was born April 24, 1942.[citation needed] The issue dated July 11, 2009 was the first time any catalog album outsold the number-one album on the Billboard 200. Three of Michael Jackson's albums (Number Ones, The Essential Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
and Thriller) claimed positions 1-3 respectively on Top Pop Catalog Albums and Top Comprehensive Albums in the week following Jackson's death.[101][102] With 24 weeks at number one for her album 21, Adele
Adele
holds the record for the longest time for a solo album by a female to remain at the top of the Billboard 200.[38] This run was concurrent with her three number-one singles on the Hot 100.[103] 21 also holds the record for the longest time for an album by a female solo artist to remain on the Billboard albums chart, with over seven years.[47] In 2012, Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert
became the first openly gay musician to debut at No. 1 with his album Trespassing.[104] There have been 23 albums released on an independent label to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200.[105] As of September 9, 2017, only fifteen artists had topped the Billboard 200 without having had any singles appear on the Hot 100: Van Cliburn, Bob Newhart, Judy Garland
Judy Garland
(who had hit singles which predated the Hot 100), Vaughn Meader, Frank Fontaine, Blind Faith, Pantera, Bob Carlisle (whose hit song "Butterfly Kisses" was ineligible for the Hot 100 but charted on radio airplay charts), Il Divo, Slipknot, Vampire Weekend, The Decemberists, Amos Lee, Lecrae, and Brand New.[106] Jackie Gleason, at least for a time, held the record for the most albums to top the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
without charting any songs in the top 40 of the Hot 100; three of Gleason's mood music albums topped the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
in the mid-1950s.[107] As of December 18, 2013, Beyoncé
Beyoncé
became the only female artist to have her first 5 studio albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, following the release of her self-titled album Beyoncé.[108] One Direction
One Direction
became the first group in history to debut at No. 1 with its first three albums when Midnight Memories
Midnight Memories
debuted at number one on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
dated December 14, 2013. They later became the first group to debut at No. 1 with their first four albums when Four debuted atop the chart on November 26, 2014.[109] Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
hold the record for the longest gap between an album returning to the Top 10. Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
first hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Top LP's chart for the week ending May 17, 1969[110] and returned 45 years and 35 days later at No. 7, on the Billboard 200, for the week ending June 21, 2014.[111] On May 1, 2016, Beyoncé
Beyoncé
broke the record she previously set in 2013, by becoming the only female artist to have her first 6 studio albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
chart, following the release of her sixth studio album Lemonade. Beyoncé
Beyoncé
also becomes the first and only artist in Billboard chart history to have all of her studio albums debut at No. 1, breaking a tied record with DMX.[112] On May 22, 2016, Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper
became the first streaming-only album to chart on the Billboard 200, debuting at No. 8, with the album being streamed 57.3 million times in its first week, which was equivalent to 38,000 units sold.[113] On March 18, 2017, Future made history by achieving back-to-back No. 1 album debuts in successive weeks with Future and HNDRXX for the first time in the chart's history.[81]

See also

List of Billboard 200
Billboard 200
number-one albums

Sources

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