Billboard 200 Preview: Kenny Chesney #1 219/217k, Kelly #2 79/68k, Chris Brown #3 68/25k


Country king Kenny Chesney collects his eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new live effort, Live in No Shoes Nation, starts atop the list with 219,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 2, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 217,000 were in traditional album sales.

Chesney’s new album was powered almost entirely by traditional album sales, whose sum was generated largely by a concert ticket/album sale redemption promotion with Chesney’s 2018 stadium tour.

At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, pop diva Kelly Clarkson debuts with her new studio album, Meaning of Life. The set — her debut for Atlantic Records — earned 79,000 equivalent album units, of which 68,000 were in traditional album sales. Meaning of Life is Clarkson’s eighth top 10 album, and all of her top 10 efforts have reached the top three of the list. Her last album, Piece by Piece, debuted at No. 1 (marking her third leader) in 2015, earning 97,000 units (83,000 in traditional album sales).

Chris Brown’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon starts at No. 3 with 68,000 units (25,000 in traditional album sales), granting Brown his ninth total and consecutive top 10. The new 45-song double album was released in the middle of the chart’s tracking week, on Oct. 31, so it begins on the list with three full days of activity.

Rounding out the new top 10: Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) (7-8 with 32,000 units; down 9 percent), Future and Young Thug’s Super Slimey (2-9 with 31,000 units; down 58 percent) and Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2 (9-10 with 30,000 units; down 9 percent).

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