1) Expectedly, Taylor Swift dominates the Billboard 200. What’s more surprising is the fact that she landed the biggest sales week of her career at 1.287 million copies sold.
2) Now 52, the runner up album, manages to sell 103,000, hence being the only other album on the Billboard 200 to sell greater than 100,000 copies.
3) Country newbie Sam Hunt debuted at #3, selling 70,000 copies of Montevallo. Those are respectable numbers.
4) Barry Manilow debuts at #4 with his controversial My Dream Duets albums? 51,000 copies are also greater than expected, at least personally.
5) Slipknot slips all the way from #1 to #9.
6) The second week for rap albums isn’t too sweet to say the least. T.I.’s Paperwork falls from #2 to #13, while Logic’s Under Pressure takes an even bigger tumble from #4 to #31. Ouch!
7) Neil Diamond didn’t fall gracefully himself, as Melody Road tumbles from #3 to #15.
8) Some hip-hop albums make debuts within the Top 40 of the Billboard 200. This includes Trip Lee, who bows at #16 with Rise, released via Reach Records (same label housing Lecrae). Stalley debuts at #35 with Ohio.
9) Jagged Edge make a return, but JE Heartbreak II isn’t exactly profound commercially, debuting at #28.
10) Little Big Town’s Pain Killer free falls from #7 to #30.
11) Danity Kane make their return on the charts, albeit it modestly at #44.
12) Blake Shelton is not bringing back too much sunshine as Bringing Back The Sunshine is selling as mediocrely as everything else despite a #1 debut five weeks ago. No need to fret Blake, as Lady Antebellum is also underperforming with 747.
13) Emblem3 return as a duo with their Forever Together (EP) which is an independent release. It doesn’t near match the sales of the former trio’s major label debut… This one settles for a tepid #56 start.
14) Say it ain’t so U2! Songs Of Innocence is nothing short of a bomb. Its chart positions are #9 to #25 to #63. This album is going nowhere.
15) There is no breakthrough for Jessie J, as Sweet Talker isn’t the least bit sweet commercially. After debuting at #10, Sweet Talker fell to #46 in its second week and #98 this week. “Bang Bang” – it’s deader than a doornail.