25 Chart Takeaways: Empire Bests Madonna!

Empire Cast, Original Soundtrack From Season 1 of Empire © Columbia

What do you get when the soundtrack of TV’s hottest show goes head to head with an iconic pop star – A winner and a runner-up obviously! In this battle, it was the new, hot TV soundtrack that came out on top, besting the legendary pop star. That and more chart takeaways!

1) Empire: Original Soundtrack From Season 1 beats out Madonna’s Rebel Heart for the #1 on the Billboard 200. Guess it didn’t matter when Madonna sang, “Bitch I’m Madonna.”

2) Luke Bryan continues to parade around like a frat boy, as Spring Break…Checkin’ Out checks in at #3 on the Billboard 200.

Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise © Def Jam

3) Big Sean spends a third week in the top 10 as Dark Sky Paradise sits at #10 this week. Last week, it sat at #6.

4) Kelly Clarkson’s second week isn’t so hot – Piece By Piece slips from #1 to #12. Ouch!

Kid Rock, First Kiss © Warner Bros

5) Apparent Kid Rock’s First Kisswas only so-so – it drops from #11 to #21 in only its third week.

6) Things are looking up for Rae Sremmurd as SremmLife rises from #30 to #24.

7) Ne-Yo finds his sixth album Non-Fiction on an uptick from #33 to #26.

D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah © RCA8) Ne-Yo’s minimal growth ain’t got nothing on D’Angelo’s handsome week. Black Messiah after a mediocre run improves from #199 to #33.

9) Even with Spring upon us, the Frozen Soundtrack sits at #40 after 68 weeks on the charts. Crazy! When are people going answer no to the question, “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?”

10) Olly Murs had a modest debut, as Never Been Better only managed a #42 debut.

11) Apparently being a Sweet Talker can pay off for Jessie J, as the album rises from #85 to #47.

G Eazy, These Things Happen © Blueprint / G-Eazy

12) To quote G-Eazy, These Things Happen. What things you ask? How about improving a cool 46 spots from #96 to #50?

13) Beck once more comes back down to earth, as Morning Phase slips from #67 to #19. Maybe the opening song should be entitled “Mourning” as opposed to “Morning.” Defenses are all gone Beck.

Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly © Aftermath : Interscope

14) Unsurprisingly given the release of To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar’s lauded platinum-debut good kid, m.A.A.d. city improves from #84 to #72.

15) George Ezra sees Wanted On Voyage get some love, improving 23 spots from #101 to #78. People are “Listen(ing) To The Man!”

16) for KING & COUNTRY have something to smile about, as RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. Sees an upswing from #159 to #82. The album debuted at #13 15 weeks ago.

17) Wonder if a hit single from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack has caused Ellie Goulding’s sophomore album Halcyon to see renewed interest? A 40 spot increase from #126 to #86 is huge – contextually of course.

Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood © Atlantic

18) March Madness should definitely see some increased spins for “We Dem Boyz” right? Wiz Khalifa’s Blacc Hollywood rises from #107 to #92.

19) Andy Grammer has been a interesting artist to watch on the charts as of late. Grammer’s overlooked sophomore album Magazines Or Novels jumps from #144 to #105. The album debuted modestly at #27, a far cry from his debut.

Kid Ink, Full Speed © RCA

20) Full Speed comes to an abrupt halt once again. Kid Ink’s latest album plummets from #65 to #119.

21) The Notorious B.I.G.’s Greatest Hits reenters the Billboard 200 at #129, it’s 35th week on the charts. Originally, Greatest Hits debuted at #1.

22) After a bad second week (a drop from #21 to #71), things got worse for Falling In Reverse in week three. Just Like You drops from #71 to #137, a 66-spot drop.

23) Michael Jackson’s Bad reenters the charts at #155. This marks the set’s 107th week on the Billboard 200.

Charlie Wilson, Forever Charlie © RCA

24) Charlie Wilson continues to perform abysmally as Forever Charlie sinks 41 more spots from #123 to #164.

Noel Gallagher, Chasing Yesterday © Sour Marsh

25) Few had a worse second week than Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds as Chasing Yesterday free falls from #35 to #197. Talk about an album that’s going nowhere stateside!

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