Often referred to as The White Album,The Beatles’ self-titled album from November 1968 has re-entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 6 following its 50th anniversary reissue on 9 November. The new reissue climbs back onto the tally with 63,000 units earned (up 1,499 percent) in the week ending 15 November, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 52,000 were in traditional album sales (up 5,596 percent).
The “White Album”, first released in 1968, was remastered and reissued in a variety of formats, including some with a raft of bonus tracks. The set spent nine non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 between 28 December 1968 and 1 March 1969. It’s one of the Beatles’ record 19 No. 1 albums on the tally.
Until this week, The “White Album” previously placed higher on the chart on 29 March 1969, when it ranked at No. 5 -the final week in the top 10 of its initial chart run.
The “White Album” includes such Beatles classics as ‘Back In The USSR’, ‘Dear Prudence’, ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,’ ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Helter Skelter’, ‘Glass Onion’ and ‘Blackbird.’
The “White Album” isn’t the first Beatles album to revisit the top 10 decades after its release. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band also managed the feat, following its 50th anniversary reissue in 2017. The former No. 1 album re-entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3 on 17 June 2017 — nearly 50 years after it bowed in the top 10 at No. 8 on June 24, 1967. The album racked up 15 consecutive weeks at No. 1 between 1 July and 7 October, 1967.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the US based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Nov. 24-dated chart (where the White Album re-enters at No. 6 and Kane Brown’s Experiment debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, 20 November.
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