Didn’t you know it was only a matter of time before Taylor Swift reclaimed her crown? That and 24 more chart takeaways!
1) New York and the rest of the United States have been good to Taylor Swift as she spends a 10th nonconsecutive week at #1 on the Billboard 200.
2) Meghan Trainor stays put at #3. Her Title remains in the top three for a third-straight week.
3) ‘It’s true’ that Ne-Yo scored another top five album with Non-Fiction, which lands at #5.
4) After debuting triumphantly at #1, Fall Out Boy find their American Beauty / American Psycho sitting just outside the top five at #6.
5) Hozier just misses the top ten again as his self-titled album rises from #15 to #11.
6) Papa Roach has seen better days. F.E.A.R. settles for a #15 debut.
7) Not a great week for Uncle Charlie Wilson as his quietly issued Forever Charlie debuts at #17. Wilson’s previous album Love, Charlie debuted at #4. Ouch!
8) For George Ezra, debuting at #19 with his debut album Wanted On Voyage isn’t a bad thing. The UK singer/songwriter is still an ‘up and comer.’
9) One Direction’s Four drops outside of the top 20 at #21. Last week, the album was #19.
10) Periphery welcomes two new albums to the top 25. Juggernaut: Alpha bows at #22 while Juggernaut: Omega settles for #25.
11) Katy Perry sees her PRISM rise from #57 to #28 (57th week on the charts). “Roar” Katie – roar! Teenage Dream also rises from #152 to #33 in its 152nd week.
12) It must be a “terrible world” for The Decemberists, who see their album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World slip to #31.
13) Marilyn Manson’s hellishness got him nowhere. The Pale Emperor drops from #8 to #36. No more “Killing Strangers” Marilyn!
14) In other bad second weeks, examine hip-hop. Lupe Fiasco sees his modestly debuting Tetsuo & Youth drop from #14 to #38, while Joey Bada$$ was anything but a badass in his second week as B4.Da.$$ freefalls from #5 to #41.
15) OMG, D’Angelo actually made a gain! Black Messiah reenters the top 50 of the Billboard 200 after sitting at #56 last week. #46 is still modest, but its better than nothing!
16) Jazmine Sullivan wishes she could make a gain, but the Reality [Show] is she tumbles from #41 to #59 in only her third week.
17) It must be Classic, as Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic reenters the Billboard 200 at #66. This marks Iggy’s 38th week on the chart.
18) YouTube sensation Ricky Dillon impacts the Billboard 200 as his EP RPD lands at #70.
19) Sleater-Kinney may have received critical approval for No Cities To Love, but the “odds aren’t in their favor” – they plummet from #18 to #83.
20) Kenny G has seen better days by all means. The #86 start for Brazilian Nights doesn’t come close to comparing to previous starts for the pop instrumentalist.
21) Can you say album bomb? Nickelback has not had much luck with No Fixed Address, which slips once more from #101 to #115 in only its 11th week on the chart.
22) No one is listening to Dave Guetta’s Listen. It drops from #109 to #124 in only ten short weeks.
23) Sturgill Simspon’s highly praised Metamodern Sounds in Country Music rises from #161 to #128. Yes it’s modest, but does anyone expect much commercially from the country musician?
24) Stick a fork in Loso. Fabolous’ The Young OG Project is the Christmas gift he probably wish he’d promoted more or released more conventionally. It continues its plunge from #95 to #132 in six weeks on the charts.
25) Foo Fighters have to be disappointed with the success of Sonic Highways. Many made a big deal about the new album being something of a ‘savior’ for the industry when it was released in the fall, but it has underperformed. This week, it falls from #118 to #146 after just 12 weeks.