It takes a big album to knock off Taylor Swift, and that’s exactly what Meghan Trainor did. It also takes a special R&B album to debut within the Billboard 200 top 10, and Jazmine Sullivan’s superb Reality Show was unable to do so. The aforementioned observations and more make up this week’s 25 chart takeaways.
1) It’s “all about” those numbers as Meghan Trainor debuts with sizable sells (and streams) at #1 on the Billboard 200.
2) Do we really need to mention who sits at #2? Her name is Taylor Swift and her album 1989 is ‘the second coming’ – well not literally.
3) As Blink-182 once sang, “Stay Together For the Kids.” That really has little/nothing to do with Kidz Bop 27 debuting at #3, but it felt appropriate to say.
4) It’s an Uptown Special for Mark Ronson at #5. Do you “Feel Right”?
5) Maroon 5 can probably thank “Sugar” for their rise from #15 to #8 this week. Back in the top 10 baby!
6) Former British X-Factor contestant Ella Henderson finds her US debut Chapter One debuting just outside of the top 10 at #11.
7) For the comeback kid Jazmine Sullivan, the #12 debut of her third effort Reality Show has to suck a little. That said only her debut album Fearless hit the top 10 back in 2008.
8) After reasserting her Grande-ness in the top 10, Ariana Grande falls from her perch from #10 to #15. Sometimes you just can have your Everything.
9) The Sremmlife must only be good for one week – Rae Sremmurd’s debut album falls from #5 to #17.
10) Is Frozen finally beginning to melt? The ubiquitous soundtrack falls from #16 to #25 this week.
11) After seeing a spike last week, Iggy Azalea’s Reclassified ‘reclassifies’ from the top 20 to the top 40 moving from #18 to #31.
12) Need it be mentioned that D’Angelo’s Black Messiah continues to see a drop in sales/impact? Black Messiah falls from #34 to #43 this week.
13) Fabolous’s The Young OG Project also hasn’t experienced good fortunes on the Billboard 200. This week, Loso drops from #33 to #50.
14) American Apparel must be hot again. 5 Seconds of Summer’s self-titled debut rises from #78 to #55. Hey, nothing wrong with the fact that “She Looks So Perfect.”
15) The night is back on fire y’all as Chase Rice’s Ignite The Night rises from #115 to #63.
16) Nobody is buying K. Michelle’s heart, or more accurately her album. Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? falls from #47 to #70. Abysmal.
17) A steep fall for a legend as Barbra Streisand’s once preeminent Partners albums tumbles from #58 to #81 this week.
18) Another bad week for Charli XCX as Sucker slips from #72 to #94 five short weeks in.
19) Tyler Carter’s contemporary R&B effort, Leave Your Love EP, debuts at #110.
20) The soundtrack to the Academy Award-nominated Boyhood enters the Billboard 200 at #128.
21) Remember when I said that American Apparel was hot again? Well only to an extent as 5 Second of Summer’s second album on the charts, LIVESOS falls nearly 100 spots from #37 to #132.
22) Down 33 more spots for Pink Floyd’s Endless River (#100 to #133).
23) I know nothing about this group, but anybody named Cody Canada And The Departed deserves a mention right? Hippielovepunk lands at #136.
24) Jhené Aiko reenters the Billboard 200 at #169 with her 2014 debut LP, Souled Out. The album, which debuted solidly at #3, has only spent 11 weeks on the Billboard 200.
25) Donny Osmond has seen better days. The Soundtrack of My Life starts at a modest #181 on the charts.