25 Chart Takeaways: Kendrick Lamar Tops The Charts


Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly © Aftermath / Interscope

Releasing To Pimp A Butterfly a week early certainly paid off for Kendrick Lamar. Not that it would’ve mattered as KL was destined for the number one spot. That takeaway along with 24 more!

1) Kendrick Lamar easily had the best week on the Billboard 200, taking To Pimp A Butterfly to that “Number One Spot” to quote Ludacris.

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

2) It’s continues to be a good year to be a soundtrack. The Empire Soundtrack drops only one spot to #2 after beating Madonna last week, while the Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack stays planted at #4.

3) Modest Mouse debuts at #3 with its first album in 8 years, Strangers To Ourselves.

Marina and the Diamonds, Froot © Elektra

4) Marina And The Diamonds sees her third album FROOT bow at #8, her highest debut of her career.

5) Furious 7 (soundtrack) had to settle for a #12 debut on the Billboard 200, missing the top 10.

6) Like Furious 7, both Sleeping With Sirens and Mark Knopfler had to settle for top 15 debuts as opposed to top 10 acclaim. Madness lands at #13, while Tracker sits right behind it at #14.

7) Luke Bryan took a mighty tumble, as Spring Break… Checkin’ Out falls from #3 to #15 in its sophomore frame.

Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise © Def Jam 8) After three weeks in the top 10, Big Sean has to settle for the top 20. Dark Sky Paradise slips from #10 to #16.

9) AWOLNATION may have had a surprise hit with “Sail,” but the same likely won’t be said about sophomore album Run, which bows at #17.

Madonna, Rebel Heart © Interscope

10) The odds definitely aren’t in Madonna’s favor, as Rebel Heart drops out of the top 20 completely. In only its second week, Madonna sits at #21 after a #2 opening.

11) Kelly Clarkson continues to lose support with Piece By Piece. The former #1 hasn’t been steady as of yet. Its three-week charting pattern is as follows: #1, #12 and this week, #29.

12) Unsurprisingly, Kendrick Lamar’s debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city sees a spike on the charts given the release of To Pimp A Butterfly. The effort rises from #72 to #40.

13) Ne-Yo takes a dip as Non-Fiction falls from #26 to #49.

14) Andy Grammer continues to see growth in support for his quietly released sophomore album Magazines Or Novels. This week, the LP rises from #105 to #62.

15) Is George Ezra finally garnering the buzz he should be? This week, Wanted On Voyage rises from #78 to #66. Interestingly, Ezra’s video “Budapest” is a You Oughta Know on VH1.

16) Newbie Elle King sees her debut album Love Stuff reenter the charts at #84. Until its reentry, King had only spent her debut week on the Billboard 200, at #45.

Iggy Azalea, Reclassified © Def Jam

17) Iggy Azalea’s Reclassified has had a bumpy chart experience. Once more, Reclassified reenters the charts at #85, it’s 13th week on the Billboard 200.

18) Gospel musicians Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago land at #90 on the Billboard 200 with Any Given Sunday. Amen!

19) D’Angelo’s spike in sales was short-lived as Black Messiah drops 69 spots from #33 to #102.

20) David Guetta’s Listen rises from #166 to #107. This marks Guetta’s 16th week on the charts.

21) Ah, it’s the little things apparently. Omarion’s Sex Playlist improves from #191 to #155. After debuting at #49, the set spends only its 5th week on the charts.

22) Falling In Reverse continues to perform horridly with latest album Just Like You. This week, the effort slips from #137 to #169 in only its 4th week. 

23) Beck’s Grammy win for Album of the Year seems to have worn off at this point. Morning Phase free falls from #67 all the way to #183. For you math folks, that is a 116-spot drop.

Joey Bada$$, B4.DA.$$ © Cinematic Music Group : Pro Era24) The ride for Joey Bada$$ certainly has had little ‘badass’ appeal – couldn’t resist! He scores a minor victory as B4.Da.$$ reenters the charts at #191, marking only the album’s 6th week on the BB200.

25) BleachersStrange Desire reenters the Billboard 200 at a modest #196, marking its 11th week on the charts. As the song goes, “I Wanna Get Better” and improving from not being on the charts at all to being at the bottom is an improvement, albeit minor.

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