The Chainsmokers' 'Memories' Album Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart
The Chainsmokers bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with their debut full-length album, Memories… Do Not Open. The EDM duo's set earned 221,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 166,000 were in traditional album sales.
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 April 29, 2017-dated chart (where Memories starts at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, April 18.
Memories’ sales launch was aided by a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the duo’s tour, which kicked off on April 13 in Miami. The ticket/album offer was also included with select dates of the act’s residency at the XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas.
Memories is the first album to simultaneously lead both the Billboard 200 and the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart in nearly three-and-a-half years. The last to do so was Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP, when it debuted at No. 1 on both tallies dated Nov. 30, 2013 (with 258,000 copies sold in its first week).
Memories contains the Billboard Hot 100-charting hits “Paris,” “Something Just Like This” (with Coldplay) and “The One.”
The Chainsmokers previously charted two EPs on the Billboard 200: 2016’s Collage, which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200; and Bouquet, which hit No. 31 in January of 2016, following its release the previous year.
Memories bumps Drake’s More Life from the top slot on the Billboard 200, as it slips to No. 2 with 108,000 units (down 21 percent) in its fourth chart week. The set spent its first three weeks atop the tally. Ed Sheeran’s fellow former No. 1 ÷ (Divide) dips from No. 2 to No. 3 in its sixth chart week, earning 70,000 units (down 13 percent).
Vocal group Pentatonix claims its seventh top 10 album as PTX Vol. IV: Classics starts at No. 4 with 54,000 units (50,000 in traditional album sales). The a cappella quintet previously hit the top 10 with A Pentatonix Christmas (No. 1 in January), its self-titled album (No. 1; 2015), That’s Christmas to Me (No. 2; 2014), PTX: Vol. III (No. 5; 2014), PTX: Vol. II (No. 10; 2013) and PTXmas (No. 7; 2013).
The new Classics effort includes renditions of familiar favorites like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Over the Rainbow” and the group’s Grammy Award-winning redux of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” (alongside Parton herself).
Joey Bada$$ bows at No. 5 with All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, earning 51,000 units its first week (28,000 in traditional album sales). It’s the second top 10 set for the rapper, who previously hit the top five with B4.DA.$$ in 2015, which debuted and peaked at No. 5 with 58,000 units (54,000 in sales).
Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic falls two slots to No. 6 (45,000 units; down 5 percent), the soundtrack to Moana slips 6-7 with 43,000 units (down 2 percent), Kodak Black’s Painting Pictures descends 3-8 in its second week with 39,000 units (down 46 percent) and Future’s self-titled album moves 8-9 with 38,000 units (up less than 1 percent).
Father John Misty closes out the top 10, as the singer-songwriter earns his highest-charting album yet -- and first top 10 -- with Pure Comedy. It bows at No. 10 with 35,000 units (33,000 in traditional album sales -- his best sales week yet). The artist’s previous high on the chart came in 2015 with I Love You, Honeybear, which debuted and peaked at No. 17 with 30,000 units (28,000 in album sales).