Billboard 200 Chart Moves: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Soundtrack & New ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Cast Recording Debut

Billboard 200 Chart Moves: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Soundtrack & New ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Cast Recording Debut
by Keith Caulfield

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated June 3), Harry Styles debuted at No. 1 with his self-titled album, earning 230,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 18, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 193,000 were in traditional album sales — the biggest debut sales week for a U.K. male artist’s first full-length album.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Zac Brown Band’s Welcome Home bowed at No. 2, while Paramore’s After Laughter and Machine Gun Kelly’s Bloom launched at Nos. 6 and 8, respectively.

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).

Harry Styles performs during The Late Late Show with James Corden on May 15, 2017. 

Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the latest Billboard 200 chart:

Logic, Everybody – No. 11 — A week after Logic notched his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with the chart-topping arrival of Everybody, the set falls to No. 11 in its second week with 36,000 units (down 85 percent from its opening of 247,000 units) and 10,000 in traditional album sales (down 95 percent from its start of 196,000 sold). The album also falls from No. 2 to No. 18 on the Top Album Sales chart.

The huge sales erosion for the set (released through Visionary/Def Jam Recordings) isn’t surprising, for two reasons.

First, Everybody’s first week was boosted by strong sales of an array of direct-to-consumer album/merch bundles. His label says that merch bundles generated 115,000 of the set’s first-week sales. Those sales generally don’t continue past an album’s debut week, as they are often pre-orders that are fulfilled during street week. Thus, a big second-week decline was inevitable.

“I am proud of where I come from,” says Logic, photographed April 21 in Los Angeles. 

Secondly, Logic has a core fanbase that can enable a big debut, but cannot usually sustain sizable sales past a set’s first week. His last studio set, 2015’s The Incredible True Story, bowed with 118,000 and then dropped to 18,000 in week two. In total, 44 percent of Incredible cumulative sales (266,000) were sold in its first week.

Comparatively, Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 1 — which started at No. 1 on Top Album Sales (ahead of Logic) — falls to No. 3 with a moderate 67 percent sales decline. It bowed with 202,000 sold and dips to 66,000 in its second week. On the Billboard 200, it slips from No. 2 to No. 4 with 75,000 units (down 66 percent from its bow of 219,000 units).

— Soundtrack, The Bob’s Burgers Music Album – No. 21 — The soundtrack to the hit Fox TV series Bob’s Burgers starts at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 with 26,000 equivalent album units. 25,000 of that sum is comprised of traditional album sales. It’s the highest-charting animated TV series soundtrack since 2012, when Metalocalypse: Dethalbum III debuted and peaked at No. 10. Metalocalypse aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim from 2006 through 2013.

Bob's Burgers

— Soundtrack, Fifty Shades Darker – No. 43 — The film’s home video release on May 9 prompts a 22 percent gain in units earned for the week, as the set climbs 56-43 with 13,000 units. Of that sum, 6,000 were in traditional album sales (a rise of 49 percent).

New Broadway Cast Recording, Hello, Dolly! – No. 60 — With the Tony Awards around the corner (June 11), the charts see their yearly influx of cast recordings in the lead-up to the kudocast.

The New Broadway Cast Recording of Hello, Dolly! dances in at No. 60 on the Billboard 200 with 10,000 equivalent album units (nearly all from traditional album sales). The Bette Midler-led album also launches at No. 9 on Internet Albums and No. 1 on Cast Albums. Hello, Dolly!’s nearly 10,000 sold is the second-biggest sales debut for a cast recording in 2017, trailing only the arrival of Dear Evan Hanson, which bowed with 25,000 sold.

Bette Midler for Pop Shop Podcast

Hello, Dolly! is nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including best revival of a musical. It also scored a nomination in each of the four musical acting categories (lead actress, lead actor, actress in a featured role and actor in a featured role). Midler is a contender for lead actress. It is her first Tony Award nomination (though, she received a non-competitive special Tony Award in 1974).

— Dreamcar, Dreamcar – No. 115 — The supergroup’s debut album drives in at No. 115 (and at No. 12 on Alternative Albums) with 7,000 units (6,000 in album sales). The quartet comprises three-quarters of No Doubt, as well as the lead singer of AFI.

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2 thoughts on “Billboard 200 Chart Moves: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Soundtrack & New ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Cast Recording Debut

  1. After debuting at Number 60, this week “Hello, Dolly!” fell out of the Top 200 completely (second week). If you read the reviews on Amazon, so much of the criticism is scathing (One-Star because it doesn’t have an orchestral finale?? Why not just hear the prelude/prologue again?). The reviews, which were instantly critical, seemed very politically motivated to me. And we all know who Bette is critical of. The same thing happened when Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm” came out–lots of negative comments that IMHO were very undeserved. And we all know who Katy Perry aligned herself with, politically.

    Oh, of course, no one mentions politics, but I don’t understand the nit-picky hatred, on any other level.

    I’ve heard “Hello, Dolly” quite a few times now, and no one is mentioning: the amazing booklet that comes with the CD…almost a book, about the history of Hello, Dolly!; the amazing and probably best sung version of “Ribbons Down My Back”; the included “Penny in my Pocket” which was excluded from all other versions of the show; the “Waiter’s Gallop” another inclusion that eluded previous versions of the show; the longest version of “Hello, Dolly!”, the title song, ever recorded, as well as a longer version of “Put on Your Sunday Clothes”, etc. Overall, the CD is about 10 minutes longer than the original with Carol Channing, with three additional tracks.

    This almost needs a discussion. What am I missing?

    I read comments that the songs are boring (they’re not!), and that the orchestra is dull (very lively, if you take the time to listen), and that the songs are not upbeat (the vast majority of them are incredibly upbeat–if I were to name them, it would just about be every song).

    Bette has infused her own take on the songs, adding nuance to some, and punctuation to others. I hate to join the fray, but all the negativity seems to be fake news, alternative facts, and I’m beginning to blame the Russians.

    Maybe I’m biased. What is the reality? As far as recordings go, this is probably going down as Bette’s biggest bomb–yet so much praise for the Broadway show. Am I in a state of denial? What gives? I’m not getting it……

    1. I’m not sure. I thought it was very lively. The letters I got were that the cast album “sucked ass” compared to the show that these people had seen live. Of course, we’ve heard that criticism before leveled at Bette. When I read it was recorded before previews or rehearsals I thought maybe things changed for the better and how unfortunate for the CD. But I like you, have not seen the show, and I found it lively, brisk, entertaining, and more, I thought the packaging was exceptional. So I’m not sure what’s going on.

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