Bonus point: Beyoncé’s “The Lion King: The Gift” returns to the top 10 after “Black Is King” premieres on Disney +.
By Taylor Swift Folklore holds the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart for its second week, earning 135,000 equivalent album units in the US for the week ending August 6, according to Nielsen Music / MRC Data. The volume is down 84% from the opening number of 846,000 copies – the biggest week for any album in 2020.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the US based on multi-metric sales measured in equivalent album units. Units include album sales, equivalent album tracking (TEA), and equivalent album (SEA) streaming. Each unit is equivalent to one album sale or 10 individual tracks sold from an album or 3,750 ad-supported official video and audio streams or 1,250 on-demand subscriptions / fees generated by songs in the album. New August 15 chart (of which Folklore still in position 1) will be fully posted above Billboardsof the site on August 11.
Of the FolkloreUnits for the second week, SEA units accounted for 102,000 (down 53%), total album sales were 30,000 (down 95%) and TEA units equaled 3,000 (decreased 81%).
Another former number 1 couple on the Billboard 200, was Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the stars Aim for the Moon climbed 4-2 with 97,000 equivalent album units (albeit down 9%) and Juice WRLD’s Legends never die firmly in third place with 88,000 units (down 18%). The original recordings of the Broadway cast Hamilton: An American musical rose one step to the 4th place with 66,000 units (down 7%). Lil Baby’s former team leader My turn increased to 7-5 with 50,000 units (down 5%).
DaBaby’s Blame the baby returned to the top 10, skipping 11-6 with 43,000 equivalent album units (up 47%), after the album was re-released on August 4 with 10 additional songs. LP debuted at No. 1 in the May 2 vote count.
Blame the baby is one of at least 10 R&B and hip-hop albums released in 2020 that have been re-released in a luxurious format with additional tracks. It was most recent after the re-release of Lil Durk’s Just Cause Y’all Waited 2 (released May 8; re-released June 26 with seven additional songs), Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the stars Aim for the Moon (released July 3; re-released July 20 with 15 additional songs), Jhené Aiko’s Monster (released March 6; re-released July 17 with 9 additional songs) and Gunna’s Wunna (released May 22; re-released on July 24 with eight additional tracks).
Return to the new Billboard 200, which was previously No. 1 for Harry Styles Shape achieved the third consecutive weekly unit gain, when it went up 10-7 with the equivalent 39,000 album units earned (up 26%). This increase coincides with promotions centered around the album’s current hit single “Watermelon.”
The former leader of Gunna Wunna dropped 6-8 with just under 39,000 equivalent album units (down 42%) and previous No. 1 for Post Malone Hollywood Bleeding ranked 9th with 33,000 units (down 1%).
Beyoncé made it into the top 10 because of her album The Lion King: Gift returns to the chart at number 10 with 27,000 equivalent album units earned (up 1,462%). The first album debuted and peaked at number 2 on the August 3, 2019 chart.
The Lion King: Gift rebounded to the charts after July 31’s premiere Black is king on Disney +.
Black is king based on music’s The Lion King: Gift, and is written, directed and operated by Beyoncé.
The Lion King: Gift The album also benefited from a re-release on July 31 with three additional tracks. The Lion King: Gift album was first released on July 19, 2019, as a companion project to last year’s remake Lion King (in which Beyoncé voices the character Nala).