Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs at the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Maroon 5 at iHeartRadio Theater on November 7, 2017, in Burbank, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
British crooner Sam Smith is in charge of the albums tally with his sophomore full-length The Thrill Of It All, which gives him his first leader on the Billboard 200, but his isn’t the only new entrant to the highest tier on the chart.
Coming in just behind Smith is pop band Maroon 5, who collect another top 10 effort, but miss out on being in charge once again. The group’s sixth album Red Pill Blues begins at No. 2 with 122,000 equivalent units. That’s a low sum for the chart-toppers, and it’s more than 100,000 copies behind Smith, but it’s still enough to grant them a runner-up. Red Pill Blues, which has already produced three top 20 singles—“What Lovers Do” with SZA and both “Don’t Wanna Know” with Kendrick Lamar and “Cold” with Future, with the last two only being available on the deluxe edition—is Maroon 5’s sixth top 10 album, and their third to miss out on the peak by one position.
Now that it has had an entire tracking week during which to rack up sales and streams (especially the latter), Chris Brown’s Heartbreak On A Full Moon holds at No. 3, where it debuted last frame. The 45-song project is the R&B star’s ninth top 10.
New to the uppermost area on the Billboard 200 is country musician Blake Shelton’s latest, Texoma Shore, which was able to shift 63,000 equivalent units in its first week. The title is Shelton’s eleventh to hit the top 10 on the all-genre albums tally here in the States.
Hip-hop artists 21 Savage, Offset and Metro Boomin see their surprise project Without Warning dip from No. 4 to No. 5 in its second frame on the chart, right ahead of last week’s champion, Kenny Chesney’s live album Live In No Shoes Nation.
Fellow country musician Kelsea Ballerini scores her first top 10 album with her new record, Unapologetically. The Grammy nominee’s sophomore effort starts at No. 7 with 44,000 equivalent copies, giving her the biggest sales week of her career.