Republic Records achieves a rare feat on the Billboard 200 chart (dated Feb. 6), as the company is the distributing label of the Nos. 1-4 albums. It’s the first time a label has monopolized the top four since 1996.
Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album (released via Big Loud/Republic) is No. 1 for a third week, while three former leaders trail the set: Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon (Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic) is steady at No. 2, Taylor Swift’s Evermore (Republic) rises 4-3 and The Weeknd’s After Hours (XO/Republic) climbs 8-4.
The last time a label held court in the top four was on the Dec. 7, 1996, chart, when Interscope ruled with Bush’s Razorblade Suitcase (Trauma/Interscope), Snoop Dogg’s Tha Doggfather (Death Row/Interscope), No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom (Trauma/Interscope) and 2Pac’s first posthumous album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (Death Row/Interscope), released under the pseudonym Makaveli.
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. 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 Feb. 6, 2021-dated chart (where Dangerous holds at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Feb. 2. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.