John Mayer debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200 albums chart, The Weeknd reigns at No. 1
John Mayer notches his eighth top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as his new EP, The Search for Everything: Wave One, debuts at No. 2. The set, which was released on Jan. 20 through Columbia Records, earned 49,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Jan. 26 (according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 38,000 were in traditional album sales (all downloads, as the EP was sold exclusively through digital retailers).
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 Feb. 11-dated chart (where Mayer starts at No. 2) will be posted in full to Billboard's websites on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
The four songs on the new EP will be featured on Mayer's upcoming full-length album, The Search for Everything, which is due out later this year. He will release four songs from the album each month, via EPs.
Mayer previously visited the top 10 with his last full-length studio album, Paradise Valley (No. 2 in 2013); along with Born and Raised (No. 1, 2012); Battle Studies (No. 1, 2009); Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles (No. 5, 2008); Continuum (No. 2, 2006); Heavier Things (No. 1, 2003); and his debut full-length effort, Room for Squares (No. 8, 2003).
Meanwhile, at the top of the new Billboard 200, The Weeknd's Starboy collects a fifth nonconsecutive week at No. 1, earning 56,000 units (down 8 percent). As noted previously, the set's popularity on streaming services continues to power its reign: 36,000 of its units were generated by streams.
The soundtrack to La La Land holds at No. 3 with 31,000 units (down 26 percent), while Bruno Mars' 24K Magic rises one slot to No. 4 with 30,000 units (down 7 percent).
The second and final debut in the top 10 arrives at No. 5, as AFI's new release, AFI (The Blood Album), starts with 29,000 units (28,000 in traditional album sales). It's the alternative rock band's fourth top 10-charting album, and first for Concord Records. They previously hit the region with Burials (No. 9 in 2013), Decemberunderground (No. 1, 2006) and Sing the Sorrow (No. 5, 2003).
The Moana soundtrack dips two positions to No. 6 with 27,000 units (down 20 percent), while Post Malone's Stoney nabs the only unit gain in the top 10, as it rises 9-7 with 26,000 units (up 5 percent). Most of those units come from streaming equivalent album units (19,000) and track equivalent album units (4,000).
The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical, slips two spots to No. 8 with just under 26,000 units (down 7 percent); Drake's Views is down one to No. 9 with 25,000 units (down 6 percent) and J. Cole's 4 Your Eyez Only descends 7-10 with 23,000 units (down 14 percent).