With the Billboard 200 chart topping 2 million, the charts have returned to the forefront of American pop culture, with a slew of major hits hitting the airwaves this week.
With the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1, the band and the rest of the artists featured in the chart have also re-established themselves as a legitimate threat to the Top 40.
In fact, it’s the first time in more than three years that the chart is in play, and it could lead to a breakout year for the chart.
“It’s a great time to be on the Billboard top 100,” Billboard Music’s chief business officer John Schad wrote in a statement to Billboard.
“The chart has grown so much and there are so many new and exciting acts to be seen.
This year’s record-breaking week will help us keep our eye on the prize.”
The Billboard 200, charting weekly in 200-point increments, has never finished at No, 2 or 3 in the rankings, but last year was the first year that it topped at No and No. 2.
With a new album in the works, the new album by Taylor Swift, the Grammy-winning artist’s latest studio album, out this week, could be the buzz item for the charts this week and into next.
The album is the first since her 2013 comeback album, Reputation, to hit the top spot in the Billboard chart.
It also has a strong chance to go above the Billboard 500, with the Billboard 400 currently No. 5, and that number could drop as low as No. 6 this week as the album’s sales keep climbing.