During a quiet week, Kendrick Lamar holds at number one. The highest debuting album comes by way of Action Bronson (Mr. Wonderful). Those and 23 more takeaways you won’t want to miss – with a dash of humor thrown in from your resident music nerd!
1) Kendrick Lamar spends a second week atop the Billboard 200. In other words, To Pimp A Butterfly ain’t going nowhere!
2) The Empire Soundtrack doesn’t move from the runner-up slot – it continues to be a factor in its third week on the charts.
3) Action Bronson settles for a #7 bow for his major label debut, Mr. Wonderful.
4) Kidz Bop 28 debuts at #10 on the Billboard 200. It is the only other newbie to debut within the top 10.
5) Earl Sweatshirt doesn’t have the same favor for I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside as the album debuts modestly at #12. Doris debuted more robustly at #4.
6) Sam Hunt seems to be catching on as Montevallo ascends from #20 to #13. Who says a country artist can’t blend urban/pop sensibilities?
7) British singer/songwriter James Bay debuts at #15 with Chaos And The Calm. Sure, that isn’t a “knock your socks off” debut, but not bad for the up-and-coming artist. Bay received my critical blessing.
8) Van Morrison debuts at #23 with his latest album, Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue. Not too shabby for a vet.
9) Spring Break…Checkin’ Out doesn’t seem to be catching on too much for Luke Bryan – it slides from #15 to #24 in its third week.
10) Maybe Luke Bryan had a crappy week, but no crappier than Modest Mouse, whose comeback album Strangers To Ourselves fell from #3 to #26 in only it’s second week. Now that’s some **** for real!
11) Kelly Clarkson sees her latest album Piece By Piece continue to ‘bleed’ – this week it sleeps modestly from #29 to #32. Still, the set is only four weeks in.
12) Could Madonna’s latest album sales be going much worse for the former consistent hit-maker? The answer is no, as Rebel Heart slips from #21 to #34 in only its third week. And we thought Kelly Clarkson had it bad!
13) James Bay there is hope! Ask George Ezra, whose Wanted On Voyage rises from #66 to #39. Ezra is doing work people!
14) Steve Grand dents the charts as All American Boy debuts at #47. Although an indie release, one would’ve thought the promotion could’ve been kicked up a notch. “All American Boy” was a big deal – virally that is.
15) The First Kiss must not have been that great – or at least it hasn’t been commercially for Kid Rock. In week five, it slips from #32 to #49.
16) It feels so good to be Reclassified – or at least better for Iggy Azalea’s pseudo-new album/reworking of her debut The New Classic. It rises from #85 to #54. Don’t call it “Fancy” though.
17) Not much Madness happening for Sleeping With Sirens – at least their wallets. The album tumbles from #13 to #58 in week two.
18) Björk’s critically acclaimed new album Vulnicura reenters the Billboard 200 at #63, marking only the album’s third week on the charts. It debuted at #20.
19) AWOLNATION doesn’t have momentum on its side – Run free falls from #17 to #67.
20) It must not be ‘true’! Ne-Yo’s Nonfiction drops 21 spots from #49 to #70 9 weeks in.
21) There’s really only a couple of words that can be said when an album plummets from #8 to #96 – Day-um SON (or your shocking phrase of choice)! That is the lot that has been cast to Marina And The Diamonds as apparently, the FROOT wasn’t that good…
22) These Things Happen G-Eazy – slipping 30 spots down the chart that is (#78 to #108). Maybe it was that line “Cause I’m f*cking your girlfriend and there’s nothing you can do about it” that offended. I mean bro, that’s totally uncool!
23) Not “Dem Boyz” this week Wiz Khalifa – Blacc Hollywood drops 21 spots from #105 to #126. At least the album is 32 weeks in.
24) Omarion’s Sex Playlist rises once more, this time from #155 to #137.
25) Interestingly, You+Me – half of which is P!nk – reenter the chart at #153. This is only the 8th week that rose ave. spent on the Billboard 200. Unsuccessful – commercially it has been a flop.