Billboard 200 Chart Moves: ‘Rick and Morty’ Soundtrack Arrives, Tops Comedy & Vinyl Albums Charts

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Oct. 13), Lil Wayne scored his fourth No. 1 with the chart-topping arrival of Tha Carter V. The set blew in with 480,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 4, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 141,000 were in album sales.

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).

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

Soundtrack, Rick and Morty – No. 107 The soundtrack to the Cartoon Network animated TV series Rick and Morty debuts at No. 4 on the Soundtracks chart, earning 7,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 4, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 6,000 were in traditional album sales, with 3,000 in vinyl LP sales alone (No. 1 on the Vinyl Albums chart). The set also launches at No. 1 on the Comedy Albums tally.

Rick and Morty follows another successful animated TV series soundtrack from Sub Pop Records: The Bob’s Burgers Music Album. The companion set to Fox TV’s Bob’s Burgers has sold 74,000 since its release on May 12, 2017. It peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200, No. 3 on Soundtracks, No. 1 on Comedy Albums and No. 2 on Vinyl Albums.

Rod Stewart, Blood Red Roses – No. 62 Stewart’s 43rd charting effort is his first album for Republic Records and bows with 10,000 units and also launches at No. 7 on Top Rock Albums. The set was led by the top 10 Adult Contemporary hit “Didn’t I.” The track — his 23rd top 10 — marked his first non-holiday and non-cover top 10 hit on the list since 1999, when “Faith of the Heart” peaked at No. 3.

Aretha Franklin, The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970 No. 65 The late diva’s new compilation debuts at No. 65, marking her 48th chart entry. The 34-track collection includes her nine Billboard Hot 100 top 10-charting hits between 1967-1970 (all of which were on Atlantic Records) including “Respect,” “Chain of Fools” and “Baby I Love You.” (Franklin charted an additional seven top 10 Hot 100 hits after 1970: five on Atlantic, and three with Arista Records.)

Loretta Lynn, Wouldn’t It Be Great No. 78 The living legend collects her 17th charting album on the tally, as Wouldn’t It Be Great bows at No. 78. Lynn charted her first 13 entries between 1967 and 1975, and then did not revisit the list until 1993, when Honky Tonk Angels — her collaborative album with Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette — reached No. 42. She then came back in 2004 with her Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose (No. 24), and then in 2016 and this year with Full Circle (No. 19) and Wouldn’t It Be Great, respectively.

Kids See Ghosts, Kids See Ghosts – No. 197 The album re-enters after its release on CD on Sept. 28. (The set was previously only available to purchase as a digital download.) The title earned 5,000 units (up 34 percent) with a little more than 1,000 of that sum in album sales (up 388 percent). The set hits vinyl LP on Nov. 2.

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