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). The new Dec. 14-dated chart (where Merry Christmas returns to the top 10) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites on Dec. 10.
Merry Christmas jumps 21-9 on the Billboard 200 with 37,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 5 (up 63%), according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 26,000 are in SEA units (equaling 34.8 million on-demand audio streams for its songs), 8,000 comprise album sales and 1,000 are in TEA units.
Merry Christmas initially spent six weeks in the top 10 in late 1994 and early 1995, after its original release, peaking at No. 3. It made its first return engagement to the top 10 after that during the 2018/2019 holiday season, when the album spent another week in the top 10, on the list dated Jan. 5, 2019 (reaching No. 8).
Merry Christmas has sold 5.7 million copies in the U.S., making it the third-largest selling holiday album since Nielsen Music began electronically tracking sales in 1991.
Merry Christmas features the enduring hit song “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which has so far peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart (Jan. 5, 2019). On the most recently published Hot 100 chart (dated Dec. 7), the track vaulted 31-18. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” also stands as the biggest selling holiday digital song ever in the U.S., with 3.6 million downloads sold.