Rihanna’s big debut disqualified; Adele still rules Billboard 200

Source: Roc Nation Records & YouTube / AdeleVEVO

After two weeks away, Adele has managed to regain the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart despite Rihanna’s latest album, ANTI, registering more than 1.5 million downloads shortly after its January 27 release.

Showing surprisingly strong staying power three months after its release, 25 was able to rack up another 116K equivalent albums (97K pure sales) to reclaim its position as the number one album in the country.

Though it was certified platinum after only 15 hours of being available to fans, ANTI’s unorthodox exclusive release via Tidal (which Rihanna partially owns) played a part in its underperforming on Billboard’s chart, leaving it to open at No. 27. Because her Samsung deal allowed fans to download the album for free, ANTI was deemed ineligible for Billboard, as it doesn’t tally sales of albums that are priced less than $3.49. ANTI is expected to surge up both Billboard and Soundscan next week when it becomes available across all outlets.

As for the rest of the top ten, Justin Bieber’s Purpose held on to the second spot while veteran metal rockers Megadeth bowed at No. 3 with their latest album, Dystopia. Twenty One Pilots jumped up a spot from five to four with the LP Blurryface, and last week’s number one, Death of a Bachelor, by Panic! At The Disco falls to five. The only other new entry in this week’s top ten is the 2016 Grammy nominee compilation album, which debuts at No. 9.

Check out the complete list of top 10 albums below.

1. Adele – 25

2. Justin Bieber – Purpose

3. Megadeth – Dystopia

4. Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface

5. Panic! At The Disco –  Death of a Bachelor

6. David Bowie – Blackstar

7. Chris Stapleton – Traveller

8. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness 

9. Various Artists – 2016 Grammy Nominees

10. Bryson Tiller – Trapsoul

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