My Chemical Romance's seminal classic album 'The Black Parade' is back in the Billboard 200 Chart this week, marking its first appearance in over two years. The Billboard 200 is calculated by a combination of sales data from physical and digital sales, as well as streaming through services like Spotify and Apple Music - and it has also been reported that My Chem have seen a 100% increase in pure sales of 'The Black Parade' over the past chart week.
This marks the second re-appearance of My Chemical Romance albums in the Billboard 200 Chart, given their 2004 album 'Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge' re-entered the Chart in March this year. Not bad, when you consider their last new album was released almost nine years ago!
The news about 'The Black Parade' was broken by the Chart Data Twitter account overnight, which has an exclusive on Billboard Chart data the day before the official charts drop:
My Chemical Romance's 'The Black Parade' re-enters this week’s Billboard 200, earning its first appearance in over 2 years (+100% in sales; @MCRofficial).
We'll have to wait a couple more hours to see exactly where My Chem have placed in the chart.
Obviously this is all connected to the huge reunion announcement that My Chem made on Halloween, and the announcement of their comeback show which is set to happen in Los Angeles next month.
Last week My Chemical Romance appeared in a series of charts following the reunion announcement - most notably, 10 My Chem tracks placed in the Billboard Lyric Find Chart, which measures the number of searches for the lyrics of songs, with 'Welcome To The Black Parade' debuting at number five in the chart after seeing a 376% increase in searches for the lyric since last week. 'Helena' followed in at number 10 on the chart, seeing a 257% increase in searches.
My Chem's back catalogue jumped 10% in streams, in the 24 hours following their reunion announcement and 12% in album units according to Billboard. That translates to over 11.4 million streams of My Chemical Romance songs between the Thursday evening when the announcement was made, and the close of the Chart week the following day.