25 Chart Takeaways: ‘Now 53 Settles For No. 2’


Now 53 © UMG

You know who is still #1 on the Billboard 200 – yep, you got it – Taylor Swift. Some new albums do grace the top five and top ten, but none had enough impact to outpace Swift. That a more chart takeaways!

1) Taylor Swift is unstoppable at #1. Talk about ruling the charts in “Style.” 

2) Now 53 debuts at #2, continuing a sensational run for the Now series. The sales ‘pure sales’ numbers as Billboard refers to them, were excellent (99,000 copies).

3) Fifth Harmony’s debut album Reflection finally sees the light of day, debuting at #5. Who’s the “Bo$$” now?

4) Bob Dylan continues to be both prolific and successful in his older age as Shadows In The Night debuts at #7. It’s not as successful as his previous albums, but to be a Frank Sinatra covers album, those numbers ain’t bad!

5) Diana Krall makes her return to the top ten as Wallflower debuts at #10.

Fall Out Boy, American Beauty:American Psycho © Island

6) Two former top ten albums drop outside of the top ten: Mark Ronson’s funky Uptown Special (#7 to #11) and Fall Out Boy’s American Beauty / American Psycho (#6 to #13).

7) Kid Ink didn’t have his best week to say the least. Full Speed debuted unremarkably at #14 – a far cry from the #3 debut that graced In My Own Lane in 2014.

Ne-Yo, Nonfiction © Motown

8) People sho nuff ran from Ne-Yo’s Non-Fiction in its second week – it fell from #5 to #16. Well Ne-Yo sang himself “you better Run, run for your life.”

9) Katy Perry’s album impact/sales rose for a second week. Prism rose from #28 to #17; Teenage Dream from #33 to #22; One of the Boys from #113 to #77.

10) Jeremy Camp’s latest Christian album I Will Follow debuts at #25.

11) Beyoncé sees her self-titled fifth album rise from #50 to #33.

12) Missy Elliott sees a tremendous spike in sales following her Superbowl XLIX guest performance during Katy Perry’s halftime show. Under Construction reenters the charts at #38; Miss E…So Addictive reenters at #40; The Cookbook at #66.

Beck, Morning Phase © Capitol

13) Album of the Year winner Beck sees his Morning Phase reenter the Billboard 200 at #39. This marks Beck’s 28th week on the Billboard charts.

14) Not a great second week for Charlie Wilson as Forever Charlie falls from #17 to #41. His numbers certainly haven’t been “Touched By An Angel.”

Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor © Loma Vista

15) Nobody’s feeling Marilyn Manson much anymore I presume. The “Mephistopheles of Los Angeles” falls from #36 to #55, after taking a #8 to #36 the previous week with The Pale Emperor.

16) The world continues to be more “terrible” than “beautiful” for The Decemberists, who like Marilyn Manson tumble in their third week on the chart. What a Terrible World, What A Beautiful World tumbles from #31 to #59.

17) Wow Gospel 2015 debuts at #64. If memory serves me correctly, the Wow Gospel series has seen better days.

18) He’s not that much of a Bada$$ as Joey Bada$$’s B4.Da.$$ drops from #41 to #74 in only its third week on the charts. Ouch!

George Ezra, Wanted On Voyage © Columbia19) UK singer/songwriter George Ezra is getting no love. Wanted On Voyage spends its second week on the charts at #80 after debuting at #19. Nobody wants to “Listen To The Man.” Sad!

20) For Jazmine Sullivan, the “reality” is clear that Reality Show isn’t selling the way that it should’ve. This week, Sullivan’s fine third LP drops nearly 30 spots from #59 to #85.

21) Childish Gambino’s Because The Internet rises from #122 to #100.

Lupe Fiasco , Tetsuo & Youth © Atlantic

22) Bad, bad week for Lupe Fiasco. Tetsuo & Youth nosedives from #38 to #107. An album so good doesn’t deserve to sell that badly.

23) Pharrell Williams’ Grammy-winning G I R L rises from #140 to #117. “Come Get It Bae!”

24) Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga see their Grammy-winning duets album Cheek To Cheek rise from #183 to #124.

25) Logic’s Under Pressure hangs on for dear-chart life at #168. Has outperformed FabolousThe Young OG Project, which sits right beside it at #169.

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