After a three-month wait, Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week. The set rises 3-1 and earned 67,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 15 (down 1 percent), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated July 18, and then spent the next 13 weeks lodged in the top four positions of the list, until its return to No. 1 this week. (Further, during that 13-week span, nine of those weeks were at No. 2.)
It’s the second album in 2020 to have such a lengthy wait between weeks at No. 1, following Lil Baby’s My Turn. That album, like Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, debuted at No. 1 (on the March 14 chart) and then spent 13 weeks hovering near the top of the list (between Nos. 2-6) before returning to No. 1 (on the June 20 chart).
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Oct. 24-dated chart (where Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon returns to No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Oct. 20. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
For the first time in over two months, there are no debuts in the top 10. The chart last had zero debuts in the top 10 on the Aug. 15-dated chart. Additionally, this week’s absence of top 10 debuts comes after two debut-filled weeks: on the Oct. 17 chart (five debuts) and the Oct. 10 chart (six debuts).
Back on the new Billboard 200, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s Savage Mode II falls 1-2 in its second week on the list, with 66,000 equivalent album units earned (down 61 percent). Three former No. 1s are next in line on the tally, as Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die climbs 8-3 (45,000 units; down 1 percent), Lil Baby’s My Turn rises 10-4 (38,000 units; up 9 percent and Machine Gun Kelly’s Tickets to My Downfall shifts 6-5 (35,000 units; down 35 percent).
BLACKPINK’s The Album descends 2-6 in its second week, with 35,000 equivalent album units earned (down 68 percent).
After a 42-year wait, Fleetwood Mac’s former No. 1 album Rumours returns to the top 10, as the set jumps 13-7. The set is basking in the glow of sales and streaming increases spurred on by publicity generated from a viral TikTok video set to the album’s song “Dreams.”
Rumours earned 33,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 15 – up 15 percent. Of that sum, 23,000 comprise SEA units (up 15 percent, equating to 30.6 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), a little under 7,000 are in album sales (up 15 percent) and 4,000 are in TEA units (up 13 percent).
The TikTok video in question has “Dreams” soundtracking a man in a hoodie (Nathan Apodaca) seemingly being pulled on a skateboard, as he drinks from a bottle of Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice and sings along with Stevie Nicks’ lead vocal. The video became so popular, it moved the band’s own Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks to create their own tribute clips.
Rumours spent 31 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 1977-78 — a record number of weeks atop the list for an album by a duo or group. Rumours was last in the top 10 on the Feb. 18, 1978-dated chart (at No. 10), and last ranked at No. 7 or higher on the Feb. 11, 1978 chart (where it placed at No. 7).
The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical climbs 11-8 on the new Billboard 200 (just under 33,000 equivalent album units earned; down 4 percent), while YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s former No. 1 Top is a non-mover at No. 9 (32,000 units; down 11 percent) and Taylor Swift’s fellow former leader Folklore rises 12-10 (28,000 units; down 13 percent).