U2‘s Songs of Experience tops this week’s Billboard 200 chart with 186,000 equivalent album units, 180,000 of which were in traditional sales. Songs of Experience earned the biggest week for a Rock album this year. As with many major releases in 2017, its debut figures were boosted by a ticket/album bundle for U2’s 2018 Exprience + Innocence Tour. Billboard notes that U2 is now the only group to land a #1 album in the 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s and 2010’s. Their 2009 release No Line on the Horizon was U2’s last #1 debut.
Coming in at #2 is Chris Stapleton‘s From a Room: Volume 2, the companion to Volume 1, which also debuted at #2 back in May. Volume 2 earned 125,000 units, of which 116,000 were traditional album sales.
After two weeks on top, Taylor Swift‘s reputation is at #3 this time around. Streaming units for reputation skyrocketed by over 300 percent after it was added to all major streaming services.
Ed Sheeran is at #4 with A Pentatonix Christmas at #5. Demi Lovato‘s Tell Me You Love Me jumps from #21 to #6 on the basis of a ticket/album bundle after her tour next year with DJ Khaled went on sale. Sam Smith lands at #7 with Michael Buble‘s Christmas at #8. Miguel‘s latest record War & Leisure debuts at #9. It’s his third top ten release and also benefited from bundling with tickets for his own upcoming tour. The top ten is rounded out with Garth Brooks‘ box set The Anthology: Part I, The First Five Years.