It was a wacky week on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart and all indicators point to the recent 58th annual Grammy Awards as the reason.
Since its creation, record companies have always looked forward to Grammy weekend because it usually leads to a bump in sales for both award winners and nominees in the following week. True to form, with no new releases from major acts scheduled, this week’s chart is filled with a number of albums highlighted at the ceremony including three albums that re-entered the top ten.
Despite (or maybe because of) her Grammy performance being marred by technical difficulties, Adele’s 25 was able to reclaim the number one spot after registering 151K equivalent albums (125K pure sales). Last week’s number one album, Future’s Evol, suffered a 70% drop that left it barely hanging on to the number ten spot this week.
Elsewhere on the chart, Justin Bieber’s critically acclaimed album, Purpose, climbed its way back to the number two spot while Rihanna’s Anti held steady at number three for the second week in a row. Married country and bluegrass duo Joey + Rory own the top ten’s only true debut of the week with their new offering, Hymns, which bows at number four. And rounding out the top five for the week is Chris Stapleton, whose album, Travelier, re-enters the top ten after winning big at the Grammys.
Also of note, the other two albums to make their way back to the top ten were other big Grammy winners, The Weeknd and Taylor Swift, who saw their albums, Beauty Behind The Madness and 1989, reach number six and number eight, respectively.
Check out the complete list of top 10 albums below.
1. Adele – 25
2. Justin Bieber – Purpose
3. Rihanna – Anti
4. Joey + Rory – Hymns
5. Chris Stapleton – Traveller
7. Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface
8. Taylor Swift – 1989
9. Various Artists – Now That’s What I Call Music 57
10. Future – Evol