The title says it all. Here are 25 Chart Takeaways, led by one ubiquitous Taylor Swift – she’s everywhere, she’s everywhere!
1) Taylor Swift had another fantastic week on the Billboard 200, selling 402,000 copies – 343,000 copies more than the runner-up, Now 52. Also, Swift won’t be budging next week as another 300,000 copies are in her sales forecast.
2) Bette Midler had a bigger first week than artists who have been ‘bigger’ than her lately. The 40,000 copies of It’s The Girls wasn’t earth shattering, but those numbers are great for an act that hadn’t released a studio album in years.
3) Country music prospers on the Billboard 200 Top 10 thanks in part to the Academy of Country Music Awards. Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt sits at #4, Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes at #6, Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I Am at #62, and newbie Sam Hunt’s Montevallo at #10.
4) …There’s more to country’s success in the top 10 than just the ACAs. Google play offered Gilbert for $.99, which I actually took them up on their offer. Aldean and FGL were already top 10 staples, while Hunt actually dropped from his #3 debut spot to #10.
5) Calvin Harris’ Motion gives the Scottish DJ a top five album on the charts. The numbers aren’t world beating ones at 35,000 copies, but most electronic artists in particular would be happy with that.
6) Albums keep hanging around or return to the top 10 such as Barbra Streisand’s Partners and Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour. Both took a hiatus from the top 10 this past week, but have made a valiant return at #s 7 and 8.
7) Slipknot falls out of the top 10 this week as .5 The Gray Chapter slips from #9 to #12.
8) Barry Manilow’s My Dream Duets falls from #4 to #14.
9) Miranda Lambert’s Platinum must be making a push for ‘platinum’ status as the ACA female entertainer of the year ascends from #87 to #15.
10) Teyana Taylor’s VII is yet another R&B bomb from the start. Taylor’s debut landed at a modest #19.
11) Paperwork is not doing too hot for T.I. After three weeks, Paperwork went from #2 to #13 to #20. It’s a shame, considering it’s the ATL MC’s best album in years.
12) Chris Tomlin couldn’t muster a #1 album out of Love Ran Red. He also couldn’t muster up a great second week on the charts, as the album tumbles from #8 to #25.
13) Azealia Banks finally released an album – that’s something in itself as the rap artist usually frequents twitter to beef with everybody. That said, Broke With Expensive Taste debuts modestly at #30. Poetic justice?
14) No big debut for Canadian vet Neil Young – Storytone also modestly debuts at #33.
15) Some boy bands break through, while others struggle. For One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer it’s seemed so easy. For The Vamps, well not so much. There is only room for a couple of pop bands making pre-teen and teen girls swoon apparently. #40 definitely doesn’t have breakthrough written anywhere in the least.
16) Bob Dylan and The Band do pretty well for themselves debuting at #41 and #42 with The Basement Tapes Raw / The Basement Tapes Complete. The Basement Tapes Complete retails for $60 digitally and $120 in CD format.
17) Jake Miller’s major label EP Lion Heart debuts at #51. Perhaps had more been made of the project, it could’ve produced more buzz and bigger numbers.
18) Put a big old “X” on Chris Brown’s X, which is selling as modestly as everything else. X is in it’s eight week on the Billboard 200, currently sitting at #52.
19) The Hope is not great for Susan Boyle. It’s to the tune of a #16 start, followed by #33 in its second week, and currently #55. That’s a drop of 17 spots, followed by 22 more spots. OUCH Susie, ouch!
20) People must’ve been turned off by those Black Veil Brides – or scared. They indulged for one week (#10) and then shunned them the next (#59).
21) Vance Joy’s dreams of commercial success have some optimism this week, albeit it small. Dream Your Life Away ascends 26 spots (#89 to #63).
22) Aretha Franklin may have landed her biggest debut ever with Sings The Diva Classics at #13, but she’s since fallen to #41 and now #69. Still in her 70s, she definitely “can’t complain.”
24) Stevie Nicks’ 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault has been greatly underappreciated, but this week, she sees a spike from #106 to #83. You go girl!
25) It’s a continuous struggle for U2; Songs of Innocence free falls from #63 to #93. SMH!
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