Plus: Moves, debuts and returns from Led Zeppelin, Toni Braxton, Chloe x Halle and Billie Eilish.
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated April 7), Jack White notched his third No. 1 in-a-row on the tally, as Boarding House Reach bowed atop the list. It earned 124,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 29, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 121,000 were in traditional album sales — the biggest sales week for a rock album in 2018.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Now, let’s take a closer look at some the action on the rest the Billboard 200:
— Drake, Views — No. 24: Drake’s Views spends its 100th consecutive week on the Billboard 200, as his former No. 1 rises 42-35 (13,000 units; up 1 percent). Views debuted atop the list dated May 16, 2016 and has never left the top 100 in its nearly two years on the list. (Meanwhile, Drake’s most recent release, 2017’s No. 1 More Life, spends its 54th straight week on the list, climbing 28-24.)
Views has earned 5.41 million equivalent album units, which 1.73 million are in traditional album sales. The set’s songs have collected 4.39 billion on-demand audio streams.
— Led Zeppelin, How the West Was Won — No. 98: The rock band’s most recent No. 1, the live archival set How the West Was Won, returns to the list following a remastered reissue on March 23. The effort, which debuted atop the list back in 2003, comes back to the tally at No. 98 (its first appearance on the chart since 2003) with 7,000 units (up 4,035 percent). The bulk that sum was driven nearly entirely by traditional album sales.
The album’s remastering was supervised by the band’s Jimmy Page, and the set was available as in a variety configurations: three CDs, four vinyl LPs, Blu-Ray Audio, along with streaming and digital download versions. It also arrived in a new super deluxe box set with the three CDs, four LPs, a DVD audio version the album, a book and a print the original album cover.
How the West Was Won marked Led Zeppelin’s seventh (and latest) No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The act previous led the list with In Through the Out Door (1979), Presence (1976), Physical Graffiti (1975), Houses the Holy (1973), Led Zeppelin III (1970) and Led Zeppelin II (1969).
— Toni Braxton, Sex & Cigarettes — No. 22: Toni Braxton earns her eighth top 40-charting effort with the arrival Sex & Cigarettes (No. 22; 16,000 units). Sex is her first solo studio album since 2010’s Pulse (No. 9). Between Pulse and Sex, she issued the collaborative album Love, Marriage & Divorce with Babyface (No. 4).
In July, Braxton will celebrate her 25th anniversary on the Billboard 200, as her self-titled debut album bowed on the list dated July 31, 1993. It would later spend two weeks at No. 1 in 1994.
— Chloe x Halle, The Kids Are Alright — No. 139: The sibling R&B/pop duo bow at No. 139 with their debut full-length studio album, The Kids Are Alright (6,000 units). The effort also enters at No. 4 on Heatseekers Albums and No. 19 on R&B Albums.
— Billie Eilish, Don’t Smile at Me — No. 164: The 16-year-old’s first entry on the list continues to percolate, bumping 176-164 (5,000 units; up 6 percent) in its 14th week on the list. While the set has sold just 22,000 in traditional album sales, it has earned 176,000 equivalent album units thanks largely to strong streaming numbers. So far, the nine-track effort has generated 206 million on-demand audio streams for its songs. In the latest tracking week, it racked up six million on-demand audio streams (up 3 percent). The biggest streaming hit on the set is “Ocean Eyes,” with 80 million streams so far, with 1.4 million those in the newest tracking frame (up 3 percent).