25 Chart Takeaways: Imagine Dragons Take ‘Smoke + Mirrors’ To The Top


Imagine Dragons, Smoke + Mirrors © Interscope

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.

Fifty Shades Of Grey (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) © Republic

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.

Sam Hunt, Montevallo © MCA Nashville 6) There’s something about Sam – country singer/songwriter Sam Hunt that is. His debut album Montevallo rises from #18 to #15.

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.

Raheem Devaughn, Love Sex Passion © Entertainment One

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.

Diana Krall, Wallflower © Verve

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.

Chase Rice, Ignite the Night © Columbia Nashville

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.

Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor © Loma Vista

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.

D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah © RCA

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.

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