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Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums Chart Makes Seasonal Return, Carrie Underwood’s ‘My Gift’ Debuts at No. 1

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Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums chart makes its seasonal return to our charts menu, as Carrie Underwood’s first holiday set, My Gift, debuts at No. 1. The album was released on Sept. 25 via Capitol Nashville and earned 43,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 1, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Underwood leads a top 10 filled with familiar favorites during the holiday season, including Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas TV soundtrack, Michael Bublé’s Christmas and Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas.

The Top Holiday Albums chart ranks the 50 most popular seasonal 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. 10-dated chart (where My Gift unwraps at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Oct. 6. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

The Top Holiday Albums chart will continue to be published on a weekly basis through early January of 2021, when it will then dash away until the next holiday season. The tally generally returns each October.

Underwood’s My Gift is the first holiday album released in 2020 to also debut on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, where it launches at No. 8, marking the performer’s eighth total and consecutive top 10 effort.

My Gift features Underwood’s renditions of such standards as “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “O Holy Night” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The set also boasts a duet with John Legend on a new original tune “Hallelujah,” and a featured turn by Underwood’s son Isaiah Fisher on “Little Drummer Boy.”

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Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ Video Hits 1 Billion YouTube Views

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Whitney Houston’s 1992 hit “I Will Always Love You” has hit the 1 billion views milestone on YouTube.

The accomplishment marks the first solo artist entry from the 1990s to join YouTube’s “billion views club.” Others to cross the mark are from groups, including Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and The Cranberries’ “Zombie.”

Originally written by Dolly Parton in 1973, “I Will Always Love You” skyrocketed in popularity when Houston recorded her version for the film The Bodyguard. Re-watch the clip another billion times below.

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Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ Video Hits 1 Billion YouTube Views

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Whitney Houston’s 1992 hit “I Will Always Love You” has hit the 1 billion views milestone on YouTube.

The accomplishment marks the first solo artist entry from the 1990s to join YouTube’s “billion views club.” Others to cross the mark are from groups, including Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and The Cranberries’ “Zombie.”

Originally written by Dolly Parton in 1973, “I Will Always Love You” skyrocketed in popularity when Houston recorded her version for the film The Bodyguard. Re-watch the clip another billion times below.

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BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ Holds Atop Billboard Global Charts, Justin Bieber & Benny Blanco and LiSA New to Top 10

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BTS’ “Dynamite” holds at No. 1 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts.

Plus, Justin Bieber and benny blanco’s “Lonely” debuts in the top 10 on both tallies, while Japan’s LiSA soars to the region on both rankings with “Homura.”

The two charts (the latest of which are dated Oct. 31) premiered last month and rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The Billboard Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the U.S.

Chart rankings are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.

‘Dynamite’ Tops Global 200, ‘Lonely’ Launches at No. 5, ‘Homura’ Flies to No. 8

“Dynamite” by South Korea’s BTS adds a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart. The track reigns with 74.8 million streams (up 1% from a week earlier), the week’s top total, and 24,000 downloads sold (up 20%) globally in the week ending Oct. 22.

The next three songs on the Global 200 hold in place: 24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring iann dior, at No. 2, its peak to date; Cardi B’s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, at No. 3, after three weeks at No. 1; and Internet Money and Gunna’s “Lemonade,” featuring Don Toliver and NAV, at its No. 4 high.

Justin Bieber and benny blanco’s “Lonely” bounds onto the Global 200 at No. 5 with 50.1 million streams and 25,000 downloads sold worldwide in its first week, following its Oct. 16 release.

Elsewhere in the Global 200’s top 10, “Homura” by Japan’s LiSA vaults from No. 62 to No. 8 following its first full week of availability, with 19.4 million streams and 97,000 downloads sold globally, the latter sum the best in the week ending Oct. 22, as well as the best for any title in a week since the chart launched.

“Homura” was released Oct. 14, two days ahead of the premiere of the anime film, and instant box office hit, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, for which it serves as the theme song.

‘Dynamite’ No. 1 on Global Excl. U.S. Chart, ‘Homura’ No. 2

BTS’ “Dynamite” rules the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart for a fifth collective week, with 63.5 million streams (up 2% from a week earlier) and 15,000 global downloads sold (up 25%) in territories outside the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 22.

Since the Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts originated with the tallies dated Sept. 19, “Dynamite” is the only song to have led them simultaneously: this week, last week and first on the Oct. 3-dated surveys.

LiSA’s “Homura” leaps 21-2 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart, with almost all its activity, as noted above, outside the U.S.

24kGoldn’s “Mood,” dips to No. 3 from its No. 2 Global Excl. U.S. high; Maluma’s former one-week No. 1 “Hawái” repeats at No. 4; and Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo’s “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” slides from its No. 3 peak to No. 5.

Plus, Justin Bieber and benny blanco’s “Lonely” enters the Global Excl. U.S. chart at No. 8.

The Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts (dated Oct. 31) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 27). For both charts, the top 100 titles are available to all readers on Billboard.com, while the complete 200-title rankings are visible on Billboard Pro, Billboard’s subscription-based service. For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

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