AceShowbiz - For Andrea Bocelli, the twenty sixth time is the charm instead of the third time. The Italian singer-songwriter finally earns his first No. 1 album when his new effort "Si" debuts atop Billboard 200. The set racked up 126,000 equivalent album units, including 123,000 in traditional album sales, in the week ending November 1, according to Nielsen Music.
Bocelli has to wait a little more than 20 years to finally rule the chart, marking the longest wait for a chart-topper since January 2016. At the time, the late David Bowie topped Billboard 200 for first time after waiting for 43 years and nine months.
"Si" also marks the first classical album to top the tally since 2008 when Josh Groban's "Noel" spent fifth weeks atop the chart. It is also the third non-English album to rule the chart this year, following BTS' (Bangtan Boys) "Love Yourself: Answer" and "Love Yourself: Tear".
Back to this week's top 10, former chart-topper "A Star Is Born" soundtrack slips down to No. 2 after leading the chart for three consecutive weeks. The soundtrack album to the Bradley Cooper and Lady GaGa-starring movie sold an additional 93,000 units. Meanwhile, former YouTube star Joji achieves his first top 10 album with "BALLADS 1", which logs in at No. 3 with 57,000 units.
Coming in at No. 4 is Tory Lanez with his third album "Love Me Now?". The set racked up 54,000 units in its first week. Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter V" stays steady at No. 5 with 52,000 units. Lil Baby and Gunna's joint effort "Drip Harder" is also a non-mover at No. 6 with just over 49,000 units. Drake's "Scorpion" is also stationary at No. 7 with 49,000 units, while Future and Juice WRLD's "WRLD on Drugs" climbs down to No. 8 in its second week with just over 45,000 units.
Closing out this week's top 10 are former chart-topping album, Post Malone's "Beerbongs & Bentleys" and Travis Scott (II)'s "Astroworld". The latter set sits still at No. 9 with 45,000 units. "Beerbongs & Bentleys" is also steady at No. 10 with 41,000 units.
Queen's soundtrack album to "Bohemian Rhapsody" has been gradually ascending since the release of the movie, but will it dethrone Bocelli's top position next week? Or will "A Star Is Born" soundtrack reclaim its throne?