Analyzing chart trends – one by one! In this week’s edition, it starts at the top. Not with Taylor Swift, but One Direction. Get ready, get set, GO!
1) One Direction earn their fourth number one album on the Billboard 200. While Four was less triumphant than Take Me Home or Midnight Memories, the numbers are still exceptional. Furthermore, plenty has been said about the historical nature of the collective’s fourth number one debut.
2) Taylor Swift is #2 this week… and a collective gasp was heard ‘round the world. Don’t feel bad for her though… she’s already surpassed two-milli.
3) Pentatonix are doing some things on the chart. This week, they hit #3 with That’s Christmas To Me. They also aren’t doing too shabby with another holiday offering, PTXmas (EP), which rises from #71 to #24.
4) Nickelback land at #4, but the debut is pretty underwhelming. Maybe they’ve FINALLY cooled off – no shade thrown.
5) Garth Brooks and Pink Floyd experience small drops in chart position in their second week. Man Against Machine drops #4 to #5, while The Endless River drops from #3 to #6.
6) Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways drops from #2 to #7 in its second week.
7) Sam Smith’s incredible top 10 run comes to an end once again as In The Lonely Hour slips from #9 to #11. Don’t cry for Sam though – his album has been one of the more successful ones of 2014.
8) Three consecutive compilation albums close out the top 20: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I soundtrack (#18), Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6 (#19), and Interstellar soundtrack (#20).
9) Alternative band TV On The Radio debut at #22 with Seeds.
10) Slipknot cling onto the top 40 this week as .5: The Gray Chapter continues to slip, this time from #29 to #40.
11) Fred Hammond sees his latest gospel offering, I Will Trust land just outside of the top 40 at #41.
12) Not a good second week in the least for Big K.R.I.T. Cadillactica plummets from #5 to #43.
13) Whitney Houston’s Her Greatest Performances also falls, not surprisingly from #19 to #45. More surprising is the fact that it didn’t debut more robustly than its modest #19 bow.
14) Sex doesn’t always sell. In the case of Nick Jonas, it isn’t selling very well in the least. After debuting modestly at #6 with 37,000 copies, Nick Jonas free falls to #49. No ‘jealousy’ surrounding those numbers…
15) While judging by Big K.R.I.T.’s numbers it’s questionable whether he’s truly the “King of the South” as he so commandingly spits, T.I. isn’t doing exactly spectacularly with the position himself. Paperwork drops from #34 to #50 in its fifth week. Not sure that “the king back” in the least – at least commercially speaking.
16) Damien Rice’s ‘fantasy’ really is ‘fading’; My Favourite Faded Fantasy drops from #15 to #70 in week two.
17) Little Big Town could use a ‘pain killer’ right now as Pain Killer continues an unimpressive chart run. This week, the quartet sees the album fall from #49 to #80. Safe to say there is little love for Pain Killer.
18) Kem drops into the second half of the Billboard 200 this week as Promise To Love moves #83 to #103.
19) Iggy Azalea is probably hoping that the release of Reclassified and Black Friday revive her sales. The New Classic remains outside of the top 100 at #106. Last week, The New Classic was #104. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out those aren’t ‘classical’ sales.
20) Stick a fork in Calvin Harris – he’s done on one, maybe both sides. Motion in its third week plummets from #40 to #108. Should a #5 bowing album really be out of the Top 100 that quick?
21) The good news for Brantley Gilbert is that many retail stores had Just As I Am on sale. The bad news is that this week, Gilbert settles for #114 after sitting at #53 last week. But obviously, the album couldn’t remain discounted at $.99 forever.
22) It’s no secret it’s been hard times for U2 – even more so for Bono. The news continues to suck as Songs of Innocence is nothing short of a flop. This week, it’s at #130.
23) Logic, it’s not good news my friend. Your album is among my favorites of the year, but your sales are abysmal. From #73, Under Pressure drops to #132. It’s bad – really, really bad.
24) Be happy (or moderately happy) G-Eazy. These Things Happen reenters the Billboard 200 at #143.
25) Teyana Taylor gets the short end of the stick. VII may have the goods, but it doesn’t have the sales. It’s chart life – #19, #81 and this week #160. This album is going nowhere quickly.