Some fiery dragons take over the top spot on the Billboard 200. Don’t worry about Drake or the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack – they are still doing big things!
1) Imagine Dragons fire their way to the top – Smoke + Mirrors hits #1 on the Billboard 200.
2) “If you’re reading this, then Drake no longer has the #1 album in the US.” Thankfully, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late slips gracefully to #2.
3) What about those Fifty Shades Of Grey? The soundtrack for the hit film panned by critics also slips gracefully from runner-up to third place.
4) Two albums reenter the top 10 this week: Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint and Hozier’s Hozier. They ascend from #12 to #9 and from #11 to #10 respectively.
5) Aaron Watson’s The Underdog is indeed an underdog – it lands at #14.
7) Imagine Dragons grace this list a second time as Night Visions makes a sizable gain, moving from #46 to #20.
8) Nick Jonas sees another boost, this time to the tune of rising from #33 to #24.
9) Raheem DeVaughn doesn’t blow away the competition numerically – Love Sex Passion settles for a pedestrian #31 start.
10) Steve Earle & The Dukes crack the top 40 with Terraplane, which debuts at #39.
11) Stevie Wonder reaps the benefits from his fantastic tribute concert. The Definitive Collection reenters the Billboard 200 at #40, now its 54th week on the chart. The peak position for the greatest hits set – #35. Songs in the Key of Life also does well for itself, reentering at #48. Of course, it was formerly a #1 album.
12) Things are looking up for Ella Henderson, as Chapter One improves from #56 to #41.
13) Diana Krall sees her Wallflower drop considerably its third week, from #21 to #42. For you math folks, that’s a drop of 21 spots.
14) Things also aren’t looking very sunny for Bob Dylan, as Shadows In The Night drops from #22 to #44 – 22 spots down!
15) Newbie Elle King debuts at #45 with her debut album, Love Stuff.
16) The Mavericks debut modestly as Mono debuts at #57.
17) Apparently Bethel Music “will not be shaken” – We Will Not Be Shaken rises from #121 to #60.
18) The night is hot for Chase Rice, who sees Ignite The Night move from #116 to #61. Chase, “Ready Set Roll.”
19) Father John Misty sees his exceptional I Love You, Honeybear tumble from #17 to #63. “Holy S**t!”
20) Uncle Charlie Wilson has definitely had better showings. Forever Charlie spends its fourth week on the chart in free fall fashion. Forever Charlie dips from #47 to #75. Ouch!
21) After an upswing, Annie Lennox falls down the ladder. Nostalgia drops from #40 to #96. Ah, the “nostalgia” of the upper echelon of the charts.
22) The Pale Emperor has been long dethroned. Marilyn Manson’s latest LP falls even more in only its fifth week on the charts from #80 to #99.
23) Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s collaborative effort Cheek To Cheek drops from #58 to #115.
24) D’Angelo’s Black Messiah takes a gargantuan plunge from #65 to #121 in only its 10th week on the chart.
25) Has it been mentioned that Joey Bada$$’s album isn’t selling so hot? B4.Da.$$ continues to underperform, dropping from #117 to #146.