From hip-hop to country to rock to Disney, there are several albums on the current Billboard 200 that celebrate special anniversaries and birthdays, and they couldn’t sound less like one another.
Here are five albums that made big moves on the Billboard 200 chart this week.
No. 51 – Drake – Scorpion
In some respects, Drake’s Scorpion is his most successful album, so it should come as no surprise that it is still going strong on the Billboard 200 two years after it was released. The set, which produced seven top 10 hits and a trio of chart-toppers, was nominated for five Grammys, with the hip-hop talent collecting just one. This week, its one hundred and fourth on the list, it narrowly misses landing inside the upper quarter once again.
No. 66 – Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Initially something of a minor success in the country world, Chris Stapleton’s debut album Traveller has gone on to become one of the biggest successes of the past decade in the genre. Half a year after it failed to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200, Stapleton performed a track from the set with Justin Timberlake at the CMAs, and one week later, it returned to the chart at No. 1.
Since then, it has continued to stream and sell very well, and the project that started it all for the singer-songwriter has now racked up 250 turns on the tally.
No. 100 – Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Before Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, Kendrick Lamar was one of the most exciting new names in hip-hop, but once his sophomore album was released, he catapulted to superstardom and became not just a household name, but one of the most respected artists in the genre. The set, his first to make it to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, has never stopped moving thousands of units, and it now stands as one of fewer than 20 releases to make it to 400 weeks on the chart.
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is also just the second hip-hop title to reach that milestone, with the other being a compilation of greatest hits.
No. 166 – Elvis Presley – The Essential Elvis Presley
He may have died decades ago, but Elvis fans are still streaming his most beloved cuts and buying his albums, as well as a number of successful compilations. This time around, the rocker’s The Essential Elvis Presley hits a full year on the Billboard 200, making it just his fifth title to reach that milestone.
No. 186 – Frozen soundtrack
With one film and soundtrack, Frozen launched an unstoppable franchise, and while Disney has already moved on from the sequel, the music that reached millions of children all around the world is still very popular. The first Frozen soundtrack, which was powered largely by the international smash hit “Let It Go,” has now racked up 156 weeks on the Billboard 200, which is exactly three years. The Frozen II soundtrack is also charting, currently placing at No. 54.