This represents a policy change in the heady world of charting best sellers since previously Billboard did not record sales when titles were sold predominately through one vendor.
The Eagles' first new studio album in 28 years, "Long Road Out of Eden," takes a short route to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after Billboard revised a significant chart policy today (Nov. 7).In consultation with Nielsen SoundScan, Billboard will now allow exclusive album titles that are only available through one retailer to appear on The Billboard 200 and other charts, effective with this week's charts. Prior to this, proprietary titles were not eligible to appear on most Billboard charts.
According to the numbers, Long Road Out of Eden sold 711,000 units ranking it second for the year in first week sales.