It's the most wonderful time of the year.
Pentatonix's holiday album, A Pentatonix Christmas, secures the top spot on the Billboard 200. It marks the first time in five years a holiday album is No. 1 during the week of Christmas; Michael Buble’s 2011 LP Christmas was the last to do so.
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A Pentatonix Christmas sold 206,000 equivalent album units this past week (185,000 were in traditional album sales).
Numbers jargon from Billboard:
A Pentatonix Christmas was released through RCA Records on Oct. 21. It debuted at No. 3 on the Nov. 12-dated chart, and has never ranked lower than No. 6 on the list in its nine weeks on the chart.
A Pentatonix Christmas is the group's sixth top 10 album overall, and third holiday effort to reach the region, following 2014's No. 2-peaking That's Christmas to Me, and the 2013 PTXmas EP, which climbed to No. 7.
Pentatonix’s latest No. 1 also earns the largest sales week for a holiday album in two years, since Pentatonix’s previous holiday set, That’s Christmas to Me, sold 203,000 copies in the week ending Dec. 21, 2014. In fact, the last acts that weren't Pentatonix to sell more in a single week with a holiday album were Michael Buble and Justin Bieber during the week ending Dec. 25, 2011. That week, Buble sold 467,000 copies of Christmas, while Bieber moved 225,000 copies of his Under the Mistletoe.
This week's Billboard 200 Top 10:
1. Pentatonix - "A Pentatonix Christmas" 206,000
2. Bruno Mars - "24K Magic" 114,000
3. The Weeknd - "Starboy" 101,000
4. J. Cole - "4 Your Eyez Only" 90,000
5. Pentatonix - "That's Christmas To Me" 78,000
6. Garth Brooks - "The Ultimate Collection" 64,000
7. Various Artists - "The Hamilton Mixtape" 58,000
8. Metallica - "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" 53,000
9. The Rolling Stones - "Blue & Lonesome" 52,000
10. Various Artists - "Moana (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" 51,000