Chart Takeaways: Pentatonix Rises On Billboard 200

Pentatonix, That's Christmas To Me © RCA

A new week, another Billboard 200 chart to analyze – Here it goes – enough said!

1) “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate,” but Taylor Swift keeps on selling like crazy. 1989 is the ‘second coming’ – of album sales that is.

2) Pentatonix continues to win America’s hearts as That’s Christmas To Me is the holiday album to beat this season. That’s Christmas To Me rose to #2 this week.

SHADY XV © Shady

3) Double-disc compilation ShadyXV lands at #3.

4) Is it ironic that One Direction’s Four fell from #1 to #4 in its second week?

5) Sam Smith returns once more to where his “bread is buttered” – the top ten. Actually better yet, the top five. (#11 to #5)

Rick Ross, Hood Billionaire © Def Jam

6) Rick Ross misses the top five for the first time in his career. Hood Billionaire lands at #6 – his lowest peaking and debuting album.

7) Thanks in part to a redesigned Billboard 200, Ariana Grande reaps the benefits, as My Everything ascends from #39 to #7.

8) Beyoncé’s More Only (EP) opens at #8. Beyoncé also rises, moving from #199 to #39 with the release of the platinum edition of the album.

9) Pitbull’s Globalization debuts at #18.

10) Selena Gomez’s greatest hits album For You bows at #24. Not too many people must’ve embraced Gomez’s motto “Come and Get It.”

Iggy Azalea, Reclassified © Def Jam

11) Being Reclassified wasn’t that great for I-G-G-Y aka Iggy Azalea. She didn’t exactly knock too many doors down with her modest #27 opening.

12) Good news for Nick Jonas – more people bought (and/or streamed) Nick Jonas. The self-titled debut rises from #49 to #32. Still not that “Jealous” though…even if he does have a “right to be hellish…” 

13) Horrid week for Pink Floyd as The Endless River tumbles from #6 to #33. Ouch! Not that much “Money” coming from the legendary band’s third week on the chart.

14) Can she go Platinum? Well few musicians have in recent times, but a move from #94 to #35 has to have Miranda Lambert feeling somewhat optimistic.   Numerous country artists saw notable gains in sales this week.

15) Meghan Trainor is making preparations to slaughter come 2015 as her Title EP rises from #104 to #37. Girl, keep those “lips moving.”

Bette Midler, It's The Girls! © Warner Bros

16) It might be titled It’s The Girls! But Bette Midler’s Girls had a hard go of it this week, plummeting from #17 to #47.

17) Circa Survive debut at #50 with latest album, Descensus. 

18) Cole Swindell, following numerous gains for country musicians, reenters the Billboard 200 at #55 in its 39th week (Cole Swindell). Jason Derulo also reenters right beside Swindell at #56 in his 31st week (Talk Dirty).

19) Add Pharrell WilliamsGirl to albums reentering the ranks this week (#67).

Slipknot, .5 - The Gray Chapter © Roadrunner

20) Another bad week for Slipknot, this time to a free fall from #40 to #80. .5: The Gray Chapter seems to be losing support weekly…

21) John Legend also reenters the Billboard 200 at #81 as Love In The Future is in its 63rd week.

22) In her third week, Whitney Houston continues to struggle with Her Greatest Performances (Live). The fall is from #45 to #83.

Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood © Atlantic

23) For Wiz Khalifa its small victories. One happened this week as Blacc Hollywood rises from the ranks of obscurity to the ranks of less obscurity – #153 to #84.

24) Not a great week for the old folks. Neil Diamond, like Bette Midler, isn’t experiencing much staying power. A drop from #47 to #87 doesn’t help his cause in the least.

25) Falling nearly 100 spots on any chart can’t mean good things. Definitely not good for Trisha Yearwood’s PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit, which falls from a #33 start to #126 in its second week. Oh well. That said, it was even worse for TV On The Radio, who managed to surpass falling 100 spots from #22 to #132. Sheesh or better yet sh—You see where I’m going.

Photo Credits: © RCA, © Shady/Aftermath, © Def Jam, © Warner Bros, © Roadrunner,  © Atlantic

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