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For the third week in a row, Post Malone rules the Billboard 200 with his latest release Hollywood’s Bleeding. The 17-song set holds atop the all-genre tally thanks to another 149,000 equivalent units shifted, and it keeps a number of other potential rulers from claiming the highest rung on the ranking.
New at No. 2 is Zac Brown Band’s The Owl, which narrowly misses becoming another leader for the beloved country outfit. The Owl flies in to the highest reaches of the Billboard 200 thanks to 106,000 equivalent units, and of that figure, 99,000 are actual purchases. Zac Brown Band has now charted half a dozen top 10 albums, including three No. 1s. The lead single from the group’s new set, “Someone I Used to Know,” hasn’t made it to the Hot 100 yet, but it has already reached No. 27 on Billboard ‘s Hot Country Songs list, where the collective has now landed 24 top 40 hits.
Pop-punk legends Blink-182 are also back inside the Billboard 200’s top 10 with their latest album, the hilariously-titled Nine (it’s their eighth proper studio recording). The band’s first release in three years storms in at No. 3 with 94,000 equivalent units. Fans of the group bought 77,000 of those copies.
Blink-182 has now pushed eight titles into the highest tier on the chart, including six albums, a live recording and a compilation of their most beloved hits. One song featured on Nine, “Blame It on My Youth,” has charted, making it all the way to No. 11 on the radio airplay-based Alternative Songs tally.
Taylor Swift’s Lover and Young Thug’s So Much Fun, both of which took a turn on top of the Billboard 200, dip to Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, pushed down by the two new arrivals.
Rising hip-hop talent Lil Tecca sees his debut album We Love You Tecca step back to No. 6, though it is still largely powered by lead single “Ransom,” which continues an impressive winning streak even after months of availability.
Two former chart champions, Chris Brown’s Indigo and Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? find homes at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively. Coming in behind those two successful releases are Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You at No. 9 and Lil Nas X’s 7 EP at No. 10.
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