Chart Takeaways: Taylor and Nicki Remain Numbers One and Two

Fabolous, The Young OG Project © Def Jam

25 chart takeaways – here goes nothing!

1) It’s all about girl power within the top two spots of the Billboard 200. Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj keep the #1 and #2 spots warm this week.

2) One Direction’s Four rose from #7 to #4 this week – coincidence?

3) Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour rises from #6 to #5, though J. Cole’s hot-selling 2014 Forest Hills Drive eclipsed Smith in sales despite falling from #4 to #6. Wacky Billboard formula!

Hozier © Columbia4) Good fortunes for three albums – Hozier’s self-title album rises from #14 to #8, Guardians of the Galaxy rises from #16 to #9, and Ariana Grande’s My Everything rises from #20 to #10.

5) FabolousThe Young OG Project couldn’t earn him a spot in the top 10. The Young OG Project settles for a #12 start.

6) AC/DC’s Rock Or Bust descends from #10 to #17 in its fourth week on the charts.

5 Seconds of Summer © Capitol

7) 5 Seconds of Summer didn’t have such a bad week. LIVESOS fell just five spots in its second week from #13 to #18. In other news, 5 Seconds of Summer rose from #53 to #36.

8) D’Angelo’s second week wasn’t so hot. Black Messiah definitely didn’t get the friendly bounce as it tumbles from #5 to #25. “How does it feel?”

9) Arctic Monkeys continue to have solid success with AM, which ascends from #70 to #26.

10) Who else is rising on the charts? The ab-tastic Nick Jonas, whose self-titled album make moves from #43 to #28 – “Jealous” now haters!

Iggy Azalea, Reclassified © Def Jam

11) Iggy Azalea flexes her staying power as The New Classic rises more than 100 spots – #141 to #37. “Fancy” for sure! Reclassified also sees gains, rising from #92 to #67.

12) Buying hears continues to be questionable. K. Michelle’s Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? drops from #29 to #43 in it’s third week.

13) Tracing Vance Joy’s chat positions has been interesting. While the album hasn’t lit up the charts (peaking at #17), it has seen many spikes and drops in sale. Dream Your Life Away rises from #81 to #44.

14) Nothing wrong with “wiggling” your way to the top. Wait, that didn’t sound right. Anyways, Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty rises from #115 to #45. Break out the “Trumpets”!

Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood © Atlantic

15) “We Dem Boyz”! Wiz Khalifa’s former #1 album Blacc Hollywood rises from #125 to #62.

16) Charli XCX definitely dropped a bomb. Yep. Sucker free falls from #28 to #68. Ouch!

17) Tove Lo sees her debut album Queen of the Clouds rise from #131 to #80.

18) Don’t give up on Trey Songz yet. Trigga ascends back into the Top 100 moving from #127 to #84 in its 26th week.

G Eazy, These Things Happen © Blueprint / G-Eazy

19) These Things Happen G-Eazy! These Things Happen rises from #183 to #91 in his 24th week on the chart.

20) Michael Jackson rejoins the Billboard 200 as Thriller reenters at #100 to land a 230th week on the charts.

21) Bob Seger definitely too “riding out” to heart this week – whatever that even means. To translate – Ride Out dropped from #55 to #111.

22) “Rise Sally, Rise!” Yeah, it’s a misquote, but Childish Gambino sees his exceptional Because The Internet rise from #200 to #116.

Logic, Under Pressure © Def Jam

23) Chart life hasn’t been how it should’ve been in the least for Logic. That said, Under Pressure reenters the Billboard 200 at #117, marking the Baltimore MC’s seventh week on the chart. Could be worse.

24) Have I mentioned how badly Hood Billionaire is selling, Rick Ross? #107 to #127 is the latest drop.

25) August Alsina also benefits from numerous reentries on the Billboard 200. Testimony lands at #165 in it’s 32nd week on the chart.

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