Chart positions can be very telling, aka who’s selling and who’s not! There’s not many people moving lots of albums, but there is some hope – at the top at least.
1) Foo Fighters settle for second place this week, as Taylor Swift sells another 312,000 copies of 1989. Sonic Highways by no means underperformed – it sold a respectable 190,000 copies.
2) Pink Floyd put some pressure on Foo Fighters as mostly instrumental album The Endless River bowed at #3 with 170,000 copies. Can you say “Money”?
3) Garth Brooks wanted in on the act too, but with fewer products moved – 130,000 copies at #4. Not bad Garth, not bad.
5) Not even Nick Jonas’ hard abs could get him closer to the top of the chart with bigger sales. He settles for sixth place and a so-so 37,000 copies. Jonas may really be in “Chains” – by his record company that is!
6) The cowboy does indeed ride again, as George Strait returns to the top 10 after debuting there two months ago at #4. He doesn’t reach his peak, but after being at #60, #10 sounds pretty satisfying.
7) No matter how “faded” his “fantasy” may be, Damien Rice sees it – My Favourite Faded Fantasy that is – land in the top 20 at #15.
8) Blood Sweat & Tears may have said it best: “What goes up must go down.” For Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line – two former top 10 staples – both are outside of their stomping ground at #11 and #17 respectively.
9) Frozen just won’t “let go.” The soundtrack is on its 51st week on the Billboard 200, sitting at #18. Can you say, staying power?
10) Two greatest hits land in the top 20: Whitney Houston’s Live: Her Greatest Performances (#19) and Zac Brown Band’s Greatest Hits So Far… (#20).
11) Slipknot continues to descend – .5: The Gray Chapter slips from #12 to #29.
12) Also dropping is T.I. The King of the South’s Paperwork falls from #20 to #34.
13) Slipknot and T.I.’s falls don’t compare to Calvin Harris, who sees a tepid second week. After Motion debuted at #5 it just hangs onto a spot in the top 40 at #40.
14) After the $.99 pricing wore off, so do the sales. Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I Am falls from #9 to #53 after Google play reinvigorated his fortunes.
15) After a horrendous start to his charting life, Logic finds some stability as Under Pressure stays at #73 after residing there the previous week. Still, the chart position does not bode well for him.
16) Sure, “Hot N*gga” was pretty hot, but after hearing the EP, I wasn’t impressed (or buying it). Apparently, not too many folks bought it as Shmurda She Wrote bows unimpressively at #79.
17) Anthony Hamilton’s first Christmas album, entitled Home For The Holidays, charts on the Billboard 200 this week at #80. Go AH!
18) Speaking of Christmas albums, a number of them rise throughout the chart or re-enter all together. Happens every year during “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
19) Not a good second week for the sultry Teyana Taylor. She free falls from #19 all the way to #81. Ouch!
20) Prince’s comeback has been underappreciated. ART OFFICIAL AGE drops 34 spots from #68 to #102. Don’t bother to ask about PLECTRUMELECTRUM.
21) The most shadiest rapper who hadn’t released an album until last week has a horrid second week. Broke With Expensive Taste definitely won’t be paying too many bills for Azealia Banks at #105 after starting modestly at #30.
22) Chase Rice may be urging his girl to “get [her] little fine ass on the step” on hit “Ready Set Roll,” but it seems that she may be dumping his broke – “SHUT YO MOUTH!” There is nothing ‘igniting the night’ about a drop from #48 to #113. Phew!
23) It’s been nothing but a “fall” for Trip Lee’s Rise. This week, the continual plummet is from #109 to #154.
24) Childish Gambino’s critically acclaimed Because The Internet reenters the Billboard 200 at #171.
25) Game’s Blood Moon: Year of The Wolf is a no-go. In it’s fifth week, it sits at #182.