It feels so good to be Wale and take a second album to the top of the charts! It’s not so bad being the Furious 7 soundtrack or Ludacris – just not as a good as being Wale! Those chart takeaways and many more in this week’ 25 awesome chart takeaways!
1) Wale may have released The Album About Nothing, but it definitely didn’t do ‘nothing’ on the charts, landing the MC his second consecutive #1 album.
2) The hip-hop centric soundtrack for Furious 7 is this week’s greatest gainer, rising from #17 to #2.
3) Ludacris was just a smidgen off from the #2 spot with his comeback album, Ludaversal. Furious 7 edged him slightly, making Luda settle for #3.
4) After two weeks at #1, Kendrick Lamar gives up his #1 spot and To Pimp A Butterfly settles for #4.
5) Darius Rucker debuts at #7 with his latest country album, Southern Style. Right beside him, indie-rock band Death Cab For Cutie return with Kintsugi (#8).
6) Indie singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens might have released a moody effort in Carrie & Lowell (depicting his relationship with his now deceased mother), but the emotions certainly didn’t keep the album from landing at #10, given Stevens another top 10 album.
7) Is Empire fading? Perhaps. The former #1 debuting soundtrack drops from #2 to #15 in its fourth week on the Billboard 200.
8) Not all the newbies landed in the glory that is the top 10. Three Days Grace settled for a #16 bow for Human, while Hollywood Undead’s morbid Day Of The Dead landed at #18.
9) After a lengthy hiatus, Jodeci returned to the Billboard 200 with The Past, The Present, The Future, which debuts at #23.
10) Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” might be holding strong to the Billboard Hot 100, but Uptown Special slips some from #21 to #28.
11) Hozier’s self-titled debut drops 11 spots this week from #18 to #29. Don’t fret for the Irishman, as Hozier has been on the charts for half-a-year now – aka 26 weeks.
12) Luke Bryan’s Spring Break continues to drop, falling from #24 to #32 in week four.
13) “Budapest” has been so good for George Ezra, who ascends three spots from #39 to #36 in his 10th week. Ezra debuted at #19.
14) Action Bronson had a BAD second week. After taking Mr. Wonderful to a respectable #7 debut, the album free falls to #55 two short weeks in. The forecast isn’t looking too sunny for AB right now…
15) Madonna continues to see Rebel Heart perform in tepid fashion. In week four, Rebel Heart falls 23 spots from #34 to #57. The chart path for the album has been #2, #21, #34, and #57. That’s bad.
16) Three weeks in, Modest Mouse’s comeback album Strangers To Ourselves falls from #26 to #60, a 34 spot loss.
17) Chris Brown & Tyga don’t have too many fans – well at least where the impact of album Fan Of A Fan: The Album is concerned. In it’s sixth week, Fan Of A Fan drops from #44 to #61.
18) Christian rapper NF debuts at #62 with Mansion.
19) Frozen seems to have finally lost some of its chart/sales/impact stability. The 71-week old soundtrack drops from #59 to #68, as folk everywhere finally seem to “Let It Go.”
20) 5 Seconds Of Summer see their former chart-topping, self-titled debut rise from #111 to #79 in its 37th week.
21) Ne-Yo’s slide down the charts continues. Non-Fiction slips from #70 to #91, 10 weeks in.
22) Ringo Starr returns to the Billboard 200 as Postcards From Paradise bows at #99.
23) Erica Campbell’s Help 2.0 debuts at #120 on the Billboard 200. Not bad considering Help in its original form has already come and passed on the charts.
24) Day-um James Bay – that’s really about that can be said about the British singer/songwriter. Chaos And The Calm drops 108 spots from #15 to #123. Phew!
25) Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts debut at #133 with Blaster. Something tells me that this album is going NOWHERE.