The theme of this week’s chart takeaways – “No New Friends.” Why “No New Friends” you ask? Because there are no new debuts of note on the Billboard 200 – it was a quiet week.
1) Taylor Swift and Nick Minaj remain atop the Billboard 200. This marks Swift’s eighth nonconsecutive week atop the Billboard 200 and Minaj’s third consecutive week at #2.
2) Ed Sheeran’s X ascends from #7 to #3 in its 28th week on chart.
3) Sam Smith, shockingly (sarcasm) remains strong moving up one spot from #5 to #4. The hour’s not been that lonely Sam…
4) Hozier keeps on getting some respect as his self-titled debut rises from #8 to #6. Interestingly, it sits ahead of J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which actually sold more albums. Weird new Billboard tabulation formula!
5) Into The Woods’ soundtrack rises up from #19 to #8. Top 10 bae!
6) Four falls to #9. That said, likely One Direction will be just fine.
7) Who’s having a “Grande” time back in the top 10 – Ariana Grande’s My Everything of course, which stays put at #10.
8) The Annie Soundtrack rises from #29 to #12.
9) Iggy Azalea’s Reclassified achieves its highest peak yet at #16. The previous week, the album sat at #67.
10) Sam Hunt’s debut album Montevello rises from #32 to #19.
11) Fabolous’ Christmas Day issued The Young OG Project has a small fall from its debut position of #12 to #20.
12) Nick Jonas rises again, as his self-titled album moves up from #28 to #24.
13) Pitbull’s quietly issued Globalization sees a spike from #42 to #26. The album debuted modestly at #18 six weeks ago.
14) D’Angelo’s Black Messiah continues its slide, though its gentler this week – #25 to #32. The album debuted at #5 three weeks ago.
15) Big drop for AC/DC’s Rock Or Bust. The former #3 bowing album falls from #17 to #33, it’s steepest fall yet.
16) Unsurprisingly, Pentatonix’s platinum Christmas album That’s Christmas To Me free falls from #3 to #49.
17) Foo Fighters have seen better days as Sonic Highways tumbles from #33 to #53.
18) G-Eazy rises once more as These Things Happen moves from #91 to #58. These Things Happen initially debuted at #3.
19) Mary J. Blige’s excellent The London Sessions just can’t pick up any momentum. Mary’s soulful set falls from #50 to #59 in only its fifth week, shocking for an MJB album.
20) Barbra Streisand’s former #1 bowing Partners drops 44 spots from #22 to #66.
21) Barbra Streisand isn’t the only veteran artist to suffer a big loss. Pink Floyd’s The Endless River spends its eighth week on the chart in unimpressive fashion, tumbling from #38 to #80. Ouch!
22) Some good news for Rick Ross – Hood Billionaire rises from #127 to #93. Still, after only six weeks on the chart, that’s horrid chart geography.
23) We’re rooting for you kid! Logic’s under appreciated Under Pressure sees a modest boost at #106, following a rise the previous week at #117. A shame that the album that debuted solidly at #4 has been such a flop commercially…
24) Nico & Vinz get a lift as Black Star Elephant rises from #186 to #112. Still, the album debuted modestly at #45 and has only been on the chart for four short weeks.
25) Sitting at #116 this week, Adele’s Grammy-winning 21 logged its 202nd week on the Billboard 200. Adele has also sold more than 11 million copies of 21.