Republic Records Rules Top Three on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Republic Records has a banner week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart, as the label lays claim to the top three titles on the list dated Oct. 31, 2020. It’s the first time a label has held the top three since Republic itself did it more than two years ago.

Taylor Swift’s Folklore (released via Republic) surges back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for an eighth nonconsecutive week on top, as the set jumps from No. 10 with 77,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 22 (up 170%), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon (released via Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic) falls one spot with 66,000 equivalent album units earned (down 1%). 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s Savage Mode II (Boominati/Slaughter Boomin/Republic/Epic) dips 2-3 with 47,000 units (down 29%).

With Republic Records claiming Nos. 1-3 (the label shares distribution credit with Epic on Savage Mode II), it’s the first time a label has held the top three since Republic itself did it on the July 14, 2018-dated chart. That week, Drake’s Scorpion (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic) debuted at No. 1, while Florence + the Machine’s High as Hope (Republic) debuted at No. 2, and Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys (Republic) held at No. 3.

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 Oct. 31-dated chart (where Folklore returns to No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Oct. 27. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.