Taylor Swift sits atop the Billboard 200 albums chart with her latest remake, while BTS’s Jung Kook opens at No. 2 and a posthumous Jimmy Buffett release lands in the Top 10.
“1989 (Taylor’s Version),” a re-recording of Swift’s nine-year-old LP, remains at No. 1 for the second time after a great debut, when the new edition surpassed the sales of the original in the first week. In its second week, the new version of “1989” had the equivalent of 245,000 sales in the United States, including 160 million streams and 122,000 copies sold as a complete package, according to data from the tracking service Luminate.
Jung Kook, the latest member of K-pop kings BTS to release a solo album during the group break, begins at No. 2 with “Golden,” which garnered nearly 42 million streams and sold 128,500 copies as a full album, primarily on CD. Jung Kook, whose name is also sometimes spelled Jungkook, had a No. 1 single this summer with “Seven,” featuring rapper Latto.
Buffett, the singer of “Margaritaville” who He died of skin cancer in September at age 76., opens at No. 6 with “Equal Strain on All Parts,” which Buffett recorded this year and completed before his death. With guest appearances from Emmylou Harris, Angélique Kidjo and others (Paul McCartney plays bass on one song), “Equal Strain” arrived with 51,000 sales.
Also this week, Drake’s “For All the Dogs” is No. 3, Morgan Wallen’s “One Thing at a Time” is No. 4, and Bad Bunny’s “Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana” is No. 5.