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Post Malone's 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

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Plus: Top 10 debuts from Leon Bridges, Shinedown, Rae Sremmurd and Lake Street Dive.



Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys lands a second straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as the set earned 193,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 10 (down 58 percent from its debut frame), according to Nielsen Music.

Malone is joined by four debuts in the top 10, as new efforts from Leon Bridges, Shinedown, Rae Sremmurd and Lake Street Dive all bow in the region.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new May 19-dated chart (where Malone holds at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, May 15.

Beerbongs is just the third title to rack up multiple weeks at No. 1 in 2018, and the first by an artist, following Black Panther: The Album (with three weeks at No. 1) and The Greatest Showman soundtrack (two weeks in the top slot). Beerbongs is also the first album by an artist to notch back-to-back weeks at No. 1 since Taylor Swift’s reputation spent its first three weeks atop the tally (Dec. 2-16, 2017). (Reputation clocked one further week at No. 1, on the Jan. 6, 2018 chart.)

Beerbongs’ second week on the list is powered by streaming activity, as it garnered 160,000 SEA units (down 44 percent). In terms of traditional album sales, it sold 24,000 copies (down 85 percent), while TEA units equaled just 9,000 (down 59 percent).

At No. 2 on the Billboard 200, J. Cole’s former No. 1 KOD rises one rung with 68,000 units (down 35 percent).

Singer-songwriter Bridges debuts at No. 3 with his second album, Good Thing. The title earned 66,000 units, with the bulk of that figure driven by traditional album sales (59,000). Both sums represent high-water marks for the artist. Good Thing is the top-selling album of the week as well, and launches at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart.

Good Thing lands Bridges his highest-charting effort, as his debut set Coming Home debuted and peaked at No. 6 in 2015, off a start of 42,000 units (38,000 in sales). Bridges’ sales launch, and the debuts of Shinedown and Lake Street Dive (more on them later), benefit greatly from concert ticket/album sale redemption offers with their latest tours.

Cardi B’s previous chart-topper, Invasion of Privacy, holds at No. 4 with 62,000 units (down 13 percent).

Rock band Shinedown scores its fourth top 10, as ATTENTION ATTENTION bows at No. 5 with 60,000 units (55,000 in traditional album sales). It’s the group’s fourth consecutive studio album to bow in the top 10, following Threat to Survival (No. 6 in 2015), Amaryllis (No. 4, 2012), and The Sound of Madness (No. 8, 2008). The group made its Billboard 200 debut nearly 15 years ago, when Leave a Whisper arrived on the Aug. 2, 3003-dated list at No. 159, on its way to a No. 53 peak in August of 2004.

The new album was led by the single “Devil,” which holds at its peak of No. 2 on the most recently-published Mainstream Rock Songs chart (dated May 12). The band holds a record 23 top five hits on the list, which is the entirety of the act’s charting efforts. Among those 23 entries are 11 No. 1s.

Rae Sremmurd’s three-part album, SR3MM, starts at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with 57,000 units, giving the hip-hop duo (Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi) its third straight top 10. The 27-song set comprises three parts: SR3MM (Rae Sremmurd’s third studio set; the first nine songs of the project), Swaecation (the second nine songs, credited as a solo project from Swae Lee) and Jxmtro (the final nine songs, a solo offering from Slim Jxmmi).

The resilient soundtrack to The Greatest Showman spends a 20th consecutive week in the top 10, as the album shifts 5-7 in its 22nd week on the tally (52,000 units; down 10 percent). The album debuted at No. 71 on the Dec. 30, 2017-dated list, jumped to No. 63 the next week, and then vaulted to No. 5 the following frame and has been in the top 10 ever since. The album spent two weeks atop the tally (Jan. 13 and 20).

Rock band Lake Street Dive nabs its first Billboard 200 top 10 album and highest-charting effort yet, as its new set Free Yourself Up arrives at No. 8. The album also garners the group its biggest week yet in terms of units and traditional album sales, as it earned 32,000 units (of which 30,000 were in traditional album sales). Previously, the band’s high-water mark on the chart came with 2014’s Bad Self Portraits, which debuted and peaked at No. 18.

Rounding out the Billboard 200’s new top 10 are former No. 1s Black Panther: The Album (moving 13-9 with 30,000 units; up 4 percent) and Migos’ Culture II (climbing 12-10 with 29,000 units; down 5 percent).

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