Morgan Wallen’s One Thing at a Time returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Oct. 14), rising 3-1, notching a 16th nonconsecutive and total week atop the list. It earned 74,500 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 5 (up 2%), according to Luminate.
One Thing at a Time continues to have the most weeks at No. 1 among all albums since Adele’s 21 logged 24 nonconsecutive weeks atop the list in 2011-12.
One Thing at a Time debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart dated March 18 and spent it first 12 weeks atop the list. It stepped aside for two weeks, and then returned for another three weeks in a row at No. 1 (June 24-July 8-dated charts). Now in its 31st week on the chart, the album has yet to depart the top four.
Also in the top 10 of the new Billboard 200, Ed Sheeran collects his seventh top 10-charting effort — all of which have reached the top five — as his latest release Autumn Variations debuts at No. 4. It’s his second top five debut of 2023, following – (Subtract) in May.
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, compiled by Luminate. 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. 14, 2023-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on Oct. 10. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Of One Thing at a Time’s 74,500 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 5, SEA units comprise 71,500 (equaling 97.56 million on-demand official streams of the set’s 36 songs), album sales comprise 2,000, and TEA units comprise 1,000.
One Thing at a Time’s 74,500-unit sum is the smallest total for a No. 1 album in nearly a year-and-a-half, since Pusha T’s It’s Almost Dry debuted atop the chart dated May 7, 2022, with 55,000 units.
Rod Wave’s Nostalgia falls to No. 2 in its third week on the chart (71,000 equivalent album units; down 20%), after spending its first two weeks atop the list. Olivia Rodrigo’s chart-topping Guts dips 2-3 with 67,000 (down 23%).
Sheeran logs his seventh top 10 charting album on the Billboard 200 — all of which have debuted in the top five — as his new studio set Autumn Variations bows at No. 4 with nearly 62,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, album sales comprise 46,500 (making it the top-selling album of the week), SEA units comprise 15,000 (equaling 18.78 million on-demand official streams of the set’s 14 songs) and TEA units comprise 500.
Autumn Variations was announced on Aug. 24, a little over a month before the album was released on Sept. 29. The album’s arrival comes only five months after Sheeran last bowed on the chart, when his previous studio effort, – (Subtract), launched at No. 2 on the May 20-dated tally.
Four former No. 1s follow Sheeran on the new Billboard 200, as Zach Bryan’s self-titled release is a non-mover at No. 5 (59,000 equivalent album units; down 11%), SZA’s SOS is stationary at No. 6 (48,000; down 3%), Travis Scott’s Utopia is steady at No. 7 (46,000; up 4%) and Taylor Swift’s Midnights rises 10-8 (43,000; up 2%).
Rounding out the top 10 of the Billboard 200 is Doja Cat’s Scarlet, falling 2-9 in its second week (41,000 equivalent album units; down 42%), and Peso Pluma’s Génesis, dipping 9-10 (41,000; down 5%).
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