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RM becomes the first BTS member to have a single top 10 album; SZA STATE NO.1

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BTS member RM earns his first solo top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart with “Indigo” dramatically climbing to No. 3 in its third week, thanks to a delayed CD release, after initially debuting as a digital-only album at No. 15 and then second. Dropped off the charts in weeks.

Boosted by a Dec. 16 CD release, and multiple collectible deluxe packages, “Indigo” logged the equivalent of 83,000 album units sold in the U.S., according to data from Luminet. The 10-song album generated 77,500 CD units for the week, the record originally charting at No. 15 on the 17th, two weeks after debuting with 31,000 units entirely from streaming and digital downloads.

“Indigo” included collaborations with several Korean artists and American heavy-hitters such as Erykah Badu and Anderson .Paak. On the track list, K-pop rapper Dr diversity In an interview, “I thought it would be a well-balanced album and a very unique piece if I could harmonize all these artists from art to art, continent to continent, nation to nation.”

The singer is the first of the seven-member group to have a single top 10 on the Billboard 200 (J-Hope’s “Jack in the Box” peaked at No. 17 on the chart dated July 30); As a group, they achieved seven top 10s, filling six of the coveted top slots.

SZA’s “SOS” enters its second week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart after debuting last week with the second-biggest streaming week for an album by a female artist. The set earned the equivalent of 180,000 album sales in the US, down 43% but still on a high after entering the chart last week with 318,000 units.

Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” is No. 2 with a 31% increase in album sales due to holiday shopping. As Billboard noted, the majority of these sales were vinyl-driven (up 41%) as there were five different vinyl versions of the record, earning the pop singer the third-biggest sales week for any vinyl album in 2022. It follows only the debut. “Midnights” of the week itself (which logged 575,000 vinyl copies in its first week) and Harry Styles’ “Harry’s House” (182,000).

Among other non-Christmas albums in the top 10, Metro Boomin’s “Heroes & Villains” on the Billboard 200 with 76,000 units (down 25%), Drake & 21 Savage’s “Her Loss” falls 4-6 with 60,000 units and Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin T” is at number 10 with 52,000 units.

Returning Christmas favorites fill other spots on the list, with Michael Buble’s “Christmas” holding on as the top holiday collection, at No. 5 with 72,000 units, Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” at No. 7, Vince Guaraldi Trio’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack lands at No. 8 and Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” sits at No.

On the Hot 100 Songs chart, SZA’s presence declined, due to the holidays filling that chart with Christmas songs. SZA’s “Kill Bill,” which debuted at No. 3 on the singles chart last week, moves to No. 7, becoming the only “SOS” song to remain in the top 10 in its album’s second chart-topping week.

Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” topped the chart for an 11-week career total, spanning the past four years. Carey became the second artist and the first woman to achieve three chart-topping songs for 11 or more weeks. Carey and Boyz II held the record for longest hold on the men’s “One Sweet Day” chart — lasting 21 years — until Justin Bieber, featuring Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” earned 16 weeks at the top in 2017. The song tied for the second-longest No. 1 takeover behind Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, leading the chart for 19 weeks in 2019.

Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” remains at No. 2; Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock” advances 4-3, Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas” jumps 5-4 and Wham!’s ’80s hit “Last Christmas” enters the top five for the first time, at number one. 5, since it debuted on the chart on February 8, 1986.

Andy Williams’ “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” rises 8-6 on the Hot 100, and Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” also gains an 11-8 lift. Sam Smith and Kim Petrus’ “Unholy” enters the top 10, still holding on to the top slot on the Oct. 29 chart.

Swift’s “Midnights” single “Anti-Hero” is No. 9 in the Hot 100’s top 10 after boasting six chart-topping weeks. Even more notable is that Swift’s single topped Billboard’s Radio Songs chart for the first time since maintaining its hold on radio airplay with 79.4 million listener impressions.

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