For a second week, Taylor Swift has been held at bay! Fall Out Boy gets it done to secure the top spot, hence holding Swift in the runner-up slot. That said here’s my weekly, sometimes humorous 25 chart takeaways.
1) Fall Out Boy had a terrific week as American Beauty/American Psycho bowed atop the Billboard 200.
2) Taylor Swift finds herself stuck at #2 for the second straight week. Don’t feel too bad for the singer – she’s got “Style.”
3) Meghan Trainor has a respectable second week on the chart as Title falls from #1 to #3.
4) The second biggest debut on the Billboard 200 comes courtesy of Joey Bada$$. He lives up to his name as B4.Da.$$ lands at #5 and outpaces a more established rapper (more on that later).
5) While the ‘world’ is ‘beautiful’ for The Decemberists #7 debut of latest LP What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, the numbers and peak position don’t supplant the indie band’s previous #1 bow.
6) Marilyn Manson can’t top his Antichrist Superstar days, but he does find The Pale Emperor residing in the top 10 at #8.
7) Mark Ronson spends a second week in the top 10 as Uptown Special slips from #5 to #10.
8) Some albums one would anticipate would land in the top 10 fall short. That is the case for Grammy 2015 Nominees (#12)
9) Referencing takeaway #8, isn’t it a bit shocking that Lupe Fiasco’s Tetsuo & Youth only musters up a #14 debut? FYI, Lupe Fiasco has previously had two top five albums, including a #1 album in Lasers. Ouch!
10) J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive spends its first week outside of the top 10, settling for #16.
11) The reunited Sleater-Kinney finds its comeback album No Cities to Love debuting at #18.
12) Björk’s surprise new album Vulnicura also lands within the top 20, at #20. Björk’s previous album, Biophilia (2011) debuted more modestly at #27.
13) Blake Shelton sees a rise from #53 to #35 with his former #1 album Bringing Back The Sunshine.
14) For Jazmine Sullivan the ‘reality’ is that Reality Show is not selling particularly well. It falls from its #12 star to #41 in its second week.
15) Ryan Bingham debuts at #47 with latest album, Fear And Saturday Night. Modest for sure.
16) Katy Perry sees her Prism album rise from #69 to #57 in its 65th week.
17) Garth Brooks’ Man Against Machine sees a plunge from #33 to #59 in its 11th week on the chart.
18) There is Love In The Future, as John Legend’s Grammy-nominated album rises 20 spots from #89 to #69 in its 71st week.
20) Fabolous’ Christmas-released The Young OG Project has not been a commercial success in the least. It drops from #50 all the way to #95. SMH.
21) It’s a bad time to be an R&B diva. K. Michelle’s excellent Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? continues its struggles, falling from #70 to #93. It’s even worse for Mary J. Blige as The London Session falls from #68 to #105.
22) Few people have partaken of the ShadyXV compilation. This week, it falls from #71 to #112. It started soundly at #3 only 9 weeks ago.
23) Foo Fighters don’t have momentum on their side with Sonic Highways, which tumbles from #88 to #118 in only its 11th week on the chart.
25) Rick Ross’ Hood Billionaire continues to yield disappointing sales. It tumbles 30 spots from #124 to #154, easily Ross’ worst-selling album to date.