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Christmas albums completely dominate this week’s Billboard 200, but that should change quickly, as fans of seasonal favorites the world over move on from jingle bells and carols once January rolls around. Only a handful of new releases find their way to the list, while one of the most successful compilations of all time hits a very special milestone this time around.
Here are five albums that made big moves on the Billboard 200 chart this week.
No. 12 – Frank Sinatra – Ultimate Christmas
Decades after his passing, Frank Sinatra is still seeing some of his collections rise higher and higher on the Billboard 200, proving just how popular he remains to this day. The crooner’s Ultimate Christmas compilation is one of several beloved collections that reach a new peak on this week’s list, powered mainly by increased streams due to the holiday.
Behind Sinatra, Bing Crosby’s The Best Of Bing Crosby: 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection (No. 14), Burl Ives’ Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (No. 16), Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree: The Decca Christmas Recordings (No. 17), Perry Como’s The Classic Christmas Album (No. 18), Gene Autry’s Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer And Other Christmas Classics (No. 21), John Legend’s A Legendary Christmas (No. 22), Andy Williams’ Classic Christmas Album (No. 23) and Elvis Presley’s It’s Christmas Time (No. 25) all rise to previously-unknown positions, and there are plenty more lifters lower on the chart.
No. 42 – John Williams – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker original score
Despite December being one of the busiest times of the year for people purchasing albums, there are no debuts inside the top 40 on the current Billboard 200, something that happens very, very rarely. The loftiest opening comes at No. 42, where the score to the new (and perhaps last?) Star Wars film launches.
No. 97 – Ariana Grande – k bye for now (swt live)
Ariana Grande is used to reaching the top spot with any new release, so why is her latest starting off so low on the Billboard 200? The pop singer’s k bye for now (swt live), her first live recording, was released on a Monday, which only gave it a few days of activity with which to find space on the chart. On top of that, it dropped just two days before Christmas, so many people were likely busy and didn’t get around to buying or streaming the set.
Expect the title to jump up the ranking after a full tracking week has passed.
No. 109 – The Beatles – 1
Certainly not new to the chart, The Beatles’ 1 compilation, one of their most successful launches after they split, continues to perform well week after week, even though it’s been out for almost two decades now. The project is back at No. 109 as it celebrates 400 weeks on the tally. 1 is just the eleventh album to reach that milestone.
No. 197 – John Williams – Home Alone soundtrack
Half a century into his career, John Williams continues to show that his music is perhaps the most beloved in cinema history, as he lands not just one, but two new placements on the Billboard 200 this week. Narrowly making the cut is his soundtrack that accompanied the film Home Alone, which has become a Christmas classic. Surprisingly, the album, which was released in 1990, is featured on the chart for the first time this frame.