The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Feb. 27, 2021-dated chart (where Dangerous is No. 1 for a sixth week) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on Feb. 23. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Of Dangerous’ 93,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending Feb. 18, SEA units comprise 81,000 (down 24%, equaling 112.11 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), album sales comprise 10,000 (down 74%) and TEA units comprise 2,000 (down 64%).
Among albums that have charted on both Top Country Albums and the Billboard 200 (like Dangerous), the last to earn six total weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 was Swift’s Red, with seven nonconsecutive weeks atop the list in 2012-13.
Dangerous is the first country album by a man with six total weeks at No. 1 since Garth Brooks’ The Hits ruled for eight nonconsecutive weeks in 1995, and the first non-best-of country album by a man with six total weeks at No. 1 since Brooks’ The Chase net seven total weeks at No. 1 in 1992.
Dangerous is also the first country album to spend its first six weeks at No. 1 since The Chase, which ruled the list in its first six weeks. The Chase debuted at No. 1, spent six weeks in charge (Oct. 10-Nov. 14, 1992), then slipped from the top slot for two weeks, returning for one more week at No. 1 (Nov. 28, 1992).
At No. 2 on the Billboard 200, The Weeknd’s After Hours surges 37-2 with 42,000 equivalent album units earned (up 183%). It’s the first of two albums in the top 10 by The Weeknd, as his best-of package The Highlights dips 2-8 in its second week with 31,000 units (down 65%).
The two albums share a pair of songs, “Blinding Lights” and “Save Your Tears.” On the latest chart, the TEA and SEA units for both songs contribute to After Hours, as a song’s activity is assigned to the artist’s album with the most sales in a week. (After Hours sold 6,000 copies in the latest tracking week, while The Highlights sold 4,000.) A week ago, the TEA and SEA for both songs was directed to The Highlights (which in that frame outsold After Hours 10,000 to 6,000). In turn, with the songs’ activity reverting back to After Hours, the album vaults from 37-2.
With After Hours’ rise to No. 2, it lands its highest rank since the May 2, 2020-dated chart, when it fell to the runner-up spot after spending its first four weeks at No. 1.
Lil Durk’s The Voice climbs 5-3 on the Billboard 200 with 40,000 equivalent album units earned (down 20%), while Pop Smoke’s former No. 1 Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon rises 6-4 with 38,000 units (down 8%) and Pooh Shiesty’s Shiesty Season falls 4-5 in its second week with 37,000 units (down 40%).
Taylor Swift’s former No. 1 Evermore bumps back into the top 10 with an 11-6 rise (33,000 equivalent album units earned; up 16%). Of that sum, 12,000 are in album sales — up 70%. The album had a robust sales bump thanks to the release of the cassette edition of the album, as well as buzz and promotion generated by Swift’s Feb. 10 announcement that she would be re-recording her chart-topping 2008 Fearless album.
Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia surges back into the top 10 for the first time in 10 months, as the album jumps 21-7 with 32,000 equivalent album units earned (up 58%). Its big gain is owed to the album’s deluxe reissue on Feb. 12 with six additional songs, including its new radio hit “We’re Good.” The cut debuted at No. 31 on the most recently published Pop Airplay chart (dated Feb. 20). Among the other newly added songs are two earlier Pop Airplay hits that didn’t previously have a home on a Dua Lipa album: “Un Dia (One Day),” with J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Tainy, and her featured turn on Miley Cyrus’ “Prisoner.”
Future Nostalgia debuted and peaked at No. 4 on the April 11, 2020-dated chart, and has now spent a total of four weeks in the top 10.
Rounding out the rest of the top 10 on the latest Billboard 200, below The Weeknd’s The Highlights at No. 8, are two former No. 1s: Ariana Grande’s Positions (7-9 with 30,000 equivalent album units earned; down 7%) and Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die (8-10 with 28,000 units; down 5%).