Chart Takeaways from Billboard 200 (Released October 23, 2014)

Game, Blood Moon- The Year of the Wolf © Entertainment One

The Billboard 200 Albums Chart has become the spawn of Satan – to many of its artists… Here’s some chart takeaways from last week’s chart, released October 23, 2014.

1) Unsurprisingly, Florida Georgia Line score their first #1 album with excellent sales – 197,000 copies of Anything Goes. 

2) Sam Smith is back home – in the top 10. Potential Album of the Year…

3) The Game has his smallest week on the Billboard 200, selling only 33,000 copies of Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf. U2’s free download Songs of Innocence didn’t fare well either…

4) Newbies The Swon Brothers and Mary Lambert debuted mediocrely, entering the Billboard 200 at #28 and #29 respectively.

Stevie Nicks, 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault © Reprise

5) Stevie Nicks’ 24 Karat Gold drops from #7 to #30 in its second week – ouch!

6) Keyshia Cole is experiencing a bomb ladies and gentlemen; she drops from a modest #9 bow all the way to #33. Point of No Return seems an accurate description of her chart performance.

7) Stevie Nicks and Keyshia Cole, don’t feel too bad – Weezer had an even worse loss, plummeting 5 – 34.

8) Prince’s highly anticipated Art Official Age is definitely not selling that way. His three chart positions over three weeks are #5, #22, and #37. Don’t even ask about PLECTRUMELECTRUM – it’s just bad (#8 – #47 – #96).

Jennifer Hudson, JHUD © RCA

9) Jennifer Hudson, like Keyshia Cole, also has a bomb on her hands with JHud, which continues to make you grimace every week as it tumbles down the chart. The last move: #57 – #70.

10) Miranda Lambert’s album may be entitled Platinum, but as we all know, there haven’t been any platinum albums in 2014. SMH.

11) OK Go should probably be named ‘OK NOOOO!’ considering their modest #74 debut for latest album, Hungry Ghosts.

12) The Black Keys rise from #127 to #84 with Turn Blue. That said, everybody knows that an album sitting at #84 is not selling much… understatement.

Alex & Sierra, It's About Us © Columbia

13) Alex & Sierra’s debut album, It’s About Us, free falls on the Billboard 200 in its second week from #8 to #87.

14) Chase Rice is definitely not “rolling” too much with Ignite The Night. In fact, the night just might be frozen.

15) Colbie Caillat has experienced a similar bug to everyone else – a lack of lucrative album sales. The former holder of a #1 album, Gypsy Heart debuted at #17, fell to #53, now plummets to #91.

16) It’s probably safe to assume that ‘The Script’ for Now Sound Without Silence is going the way that the band intended (catch the wordplay). The album may have started at #10, but the ride has been bumpy as albeit.   #10 to #95 to #147.

17) Gerard Way, the solo career looks to be in jeopardy buddy. Hesitant Alien has some truly horrid sales. #16 – #114 – #151.

Yep, that’s enough chart trends as most are nothing short of depressing.   The future of the album is not looking good in the least.

Photo Credits: © Republic Nashville, © Reprise, © Entertainment One, © RCA, © Columbia

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