Chart Takeaways: J. Cole’s Scores Third #1 Album

J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive © Columbia

Two words – CHART ACTION – Let’s get it! 25 Takeaways – GO! 

1) It would take a special album to unseat Queen Taylor Swift. It finally happened (for a second time) when J. Cole sold a robust 354,000 copies (375,000 “units”) to hit #1 for the third time in his career.

2) Poor Taylor Swift found herself at #2 in her seventh week on the chart. “No Tears” to quote James Blunt, as Taylor has spent five of seven weeks at #1 and is projected to spend a sixth week in the penthouse ahead of Nicki Minaj and D’Angelo.

3) That’s Christmas To Me, that hit holiday album by those a cappella darlings Pentatonix continus to trail Taylor Swift, this week at #3.

Carrie Underwood, Greatest Hits Decade #1 © Sony Music Nashville

4) Carrie Underwood told us there was “Something in the Water” – another top five album, this time in the way of compilation Greatest Hits: Decade #1, which landed at #4.

5) Rock or Bust didn’t fall too far – AC/DC’s first new studio album in six years still resides in the top five, dropping from #3 to #5.

6) Everyone wanted to “buy a heart” this week, as K. Michelle’s sophomore album, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? Lands at #6, selling more copies than her debut, Rebel Soul did at #2 in 2013.

7) Guardians of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 continues to do ‘big things’ on the Billboard 200, this week rising from #34 to #13 in week 20.

Mary J. Blige, The London Sessions © Capitol

8) Oh Mary, Mary… Mary J. Blige had second week woes as The London Sessions dropped from #9 to #25. To quote Meryl Streep, “I have my doubts…”

9) Is Foo Fighters Sonic Highways a hit? Well, only time might tell, but in week five, Sonic Highways sits at a modest #26. Last week, week four, Sonic Highways sat at #24.

10) Chris Brown has a reason to smile, as his Grammy-nominated X rises from #54 to #32. Top 40 again BAY-BY!

11) Smashing Pumpkins didn’t exactly get the “lucky bounce” as they say in basketball – Monuments To An Elegy debuts modestly at #33.

12) One Republic’s Native is in its 90th week on the chart. It sits at #36, after rising from #65.

SHADY XV © Shady

13) Not many care about Shady Records anniversary. In it third week, ShadyXV falls from #21 to #37.

14) Never near the popularity of Blink-182, Angels & Airwaves debut at #39 with their latest LP, The Dream Walker.

15) Not many people are coming and getting For You, Selena Gomez’s greatest hits compilation. Its three-week chart path has been #24, #44, and this week, #52.

16) Johnny Gill’s Game Changer isn’t one – it debuts quietly at #56.

Rick Ross, Hood Billionaire © Def Jam

17) Rick Ross’s album bomb has been solidified. Hood Billionaire falls from #42 to #68 in its third week on the chart. He won’t be making much ‘bread’ off of this one folks…

18) No matter how “sweet talking” Jessie J’s Sweet Talker may be, it’s definitely not selling… #71 this week in it’s seventh week.

19) Vance Joy’s Dream Your Life Away has had sale after sale ($2.99 at one point on Google Play), but still, in its 14th week, one questions how successful it will be, sitting currently at #72.

20) Good thing the songs that She & Him are covering are Classics, as their album of the same title looks to fall off the Billboard 200, dropping from #41 to #77 in its second week on the Billboard 200. No classic here!

21) Lana Del Rey sees her underrated Ultraviolence rise from #125 to #78.

Iggy Azalea, Reclassified © Def Jam

22) Iggy Azalea should’ve probably stuck to The New Classic. Reclassified has fallen from #69 to #85.

22) Damn, “talking must be really hard” – Talking Is Hard, Walk The Moon’s sophomore album, falls from #26 to #86.

23) People aren’t ‘listening’ to David Guetta’s Listen – it falls from #50 to #93 in it’s third week. It debuted modestly at #22.

24) Speaking of an extremely modest debut, 36 Seasons, Ghostface Killah’s latest album, debuted very modestly at #94.

25) Eight short weeks in, and Slipknot’s .5: The Gray Chapter clings onto its dear life, sitting at #100 on the Billboard 200.

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